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Front Page - Friday, October 6, 2023

Events: 3 Sisters Festival turns 16 with Greensky Bluegrass

The grass will grow blue at Chattanooga’s waterfront when the 3 Sisters Music Festival returns for its sweet 16th year Oct. 6-7 at Ross’ Landing. The free festival will feature performances by top names in contemporary and traditional bluegrass.

Fletcher Bright Realty and Chattanooga Presents are producing.

The New Dismembered Tennesseans, a group of local musicians who primarily were part of the Dismembered Tennesseans, which Fletcher Bright founded with his friends from McCallie School, will open the festival Friday at 5:30 p.m. The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera String Quintet will join the New Dismembered Tennesseans for a few songs.

The lineup Friday will continue with Canadian bluegrass band The Slocan Ramblers at 6:35 p.m. and Switzerland-born Kruger Brothers at 7:55 p.m.

Grand Ole Opry member Rhonda Vincent & The Rage will take the stage as the evening’s headliner at 9:15 p.m.

Greensky Bluegrass will headline Saturday. Over the past two decades, the group has become known for its dazzling live performances and for selling out iconic venues like Red Rocks and The Ryman.

In addition to the headline set by Greensky Bluegrass Saturday at 8:30 p.m., other highlights for the second day of the festival include the West Coast rowdy string band The Brothers Comatose at 7 p.m., National Fiddler Hall of Fame member Michael Cleveland and his band, Flamekeeper, at 5:40 p.m., Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Tim O›Brien at 4:20 p.m., and the all-female band Sister Sadie at 3 p.m.

The Crowe Brothers, featuring Josh and Wayne Crow, whose bluegrass music has spanned four decades, will perform at 2 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule will kick off with performances by local favorites Lone Mountain Band at noon and Bluetastic Fangrass, featuring Lou and Lynn Wamp, at 1 p.m.

A variety of cuisine from over a dozen food trucks, local brews and spirits, and nonalcoholic drink concessions will be available. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets; however, no outside food or beverages will be allowed. Wheelchair seating will be offered in the street near the stage.


City of Chattanooga to host Hispanic festival

The city of Chattanooga’s inaugural Hispanic Heritage Festival is scheduled to take place Oct. 15 from 4-9 p.m. at Miller Park. The event will offer traditional Hispanic festivities, music, dance and food.

In addition, the community will have the opportunity to explore the works of Hispanic and Latino artists, and view a screening of the Disney movie “Encanto.”


Award-winning author Cynthia Orozco to speak at UTC

Dr. Cynthia Orozco, an award-winning and bestselling author, historian, consultant and public speaker, is coming to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for the university’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

Orozco, professor emeritus in History and Humanities at Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso, will give a public lecture from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the UTC University Center Auditorium. The free guest lecture is open to the public.

Known for her work establishing the field of Chicana studies, Orozco has written over 100 articles and three award-winning books. She is a two-time Ford Fellow and a Texas State Historical Association Fellow.

Earlier this year, Orozco was named a National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Scholar and received the League of United Latin American Citizens National Education Award.

In her talk, Orozco will examine the life and work of Alonso S. Perales – the subject of her book, “Pioneer of Mexican-American Civil Rights.”

“Perales was an attorney, civil rights activist, U.S. diplomat and principal founder of LULAC – the oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization in the U.S.,” says Dr. Edwin Murillo, associate professor of Spanish in the UTC Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures. “As a historian, Cynthia Orozco has worked to rediscover Perales’ significance for a new generation of civil rights scholars and younger generations of Hispanics.”

Largely forgotten, Perales worked to pass legislation banning racial discrimination and school desegregation in Texas and the nation.

“Dr. Orozco is one of the prominent Mexican-American civil rights historians in the country,” Murillo continues. “She’s very much an educator, but she’s also relatable, and her talk is tailored to a general audience.”