Click to view events for that day
About Summer Music Weekends
Rock City's Summer Music Festival
Enjoy some of the best toe-tapping old time blue grass and a mix of modern and folk country music combined with a Seven States View during Summer Music Weekends... featuring the music of Matt Downer - Old Time Traveler, Highbeams, Amber Carrington, Martin & Durham and Tarryn Aimee Smith. Spend a summer day at Rock City Gardens, enjoy a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade, plan to dine at Cafe 7 - serving southern cuisine with a modern twist - AND check out the Rock City Raptors Birds of Prey shows in the Critter Classroom.
Hours and Pricing
Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
8:30am – 7:00pm
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays plus the week of July 4th (June 30 - July 9)
|Adult||Child (ages 3-12)|
|Summer Music Weekends Premiere Event Pricing||$22.95||$12.95|
*Most event activities included with admission
What to Do:
Summer Music Weekends now includes even more fun activities for the whole family to enjoy!
Event activities are held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
- Enjoy the toe-tapping sounds of a bygone Appalachian era by Matt Downer, the Old Time Traveler.
- Birds of Prey Raptor Shows will make your heart soar to new heights as Wings to Soar shares their lovable rescue birds of prey during this interactive, uplifting, educational ecounter. Now with an additional show time!
- Capture the spirit of summertime in the South. Stop by at "Aunt Frieda's Firefly Jars" and create your very own glow in the dark firefly jar. Located near the Cliff Terrace Gazebo at Lover's Leap.
- Meet Rocky the Elf - Rock City's Adorable Mascot and The All American Music Lovers - Rock City's own crazy bunch of 1930s summertime, Americana, music loving characters located throughout the gardens.
- Café 7 Stage - Live Music - enjoy the sweet sounds of summer as you take in the view of seven states and dine on some of the South's best food. The Café 7 Stage features the flavorful live music of Matt Downer - the Old Time Traveler, Highbeams, Amber Carrington, Martin & Durham, and Tarryn Aimee Smith. Check the calendar above for specific performer line-up.
- Walking in Frieda's Footsteps - a historical, guided walking tour - Step back in time and See Rock City through the eyes of our founder, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter, on this special guided tour of the gardens. Tours are on a first come, first serve basis and limited to 12 guests per tour. Meet at the Ticket Plaza behind the ticket desk.
- WSRC RADIO with Interactive Kid's Show - WSRC RADIO will broadcast LIVE from the WSRC RADIO Stage. The All American Music Lovers host this 1930s era radio show featuring special guest appearances from guest musicians. Other special guests will include park guests throughout the day. Children will be invited to come up on stage and sing along to some classic tunes and join in the fun! Located in the Garden's Gateway Courtyard.
2017 Summer Concerts
2017 Summer Concerts
This year's Summer Music Weekends concert line-up has expanded to include exciting, toe-tapping country and bluegrass acts!
Concerts held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. See below for specific performer dates.
Matt Downer - Old Time Traveler
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
The Old Time Traveler, Matt Downer, has been playing old time music in the TN Valley since 2005. Matt has earned a reputation for his high energy brand of traditional music, kicking new life into old tunes. Downer rotates through on fiddle, banjo, guitar, and vocals and a typical performance might feature anything from wild, red-hot fiddle tunes, to traditional ballads and novelty songs. Journey back to the roots of early Southern string band music with the Old Time Traveler and remember why folks still call them "the good old days".
Saturdays, except July 15
Amber Carrington is an American country music artist currently living in Nashville, TN. She most recently performed the Grand Ole Opry for a third time. She is an ASCAP songwriter and hard at work recording her first EP with all original material. She is very excited to share this new music with her globe spanning fan base.
She gained her initial fame as a semi-finalist on Season 4 of NBC's "The Voice". Her natural voice, style and ease with country music challenged iconic Voice coach, Adam Levine of Maroon 5. Levine's intuition to stretch this country girl's imagination and possibilities with her powerhouse voice and talent took Amber's voice into uncharted territory landing her in the top 10 of the iTunes charts and locked her in one of "The Voice's" top 5 performers.
Martin & Durham
Select Fridays and July 6
Ben Durham, a singer, songwriter, born and bred in Chattanooga has been developing his craft for the past 8 years. Classically taught at Chattanooga State, where he learned the structure and theory of songwriting and performing. His influences include the blues styling of Howling Wolf and Robert Johnson as well as the folk styling of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. His writing style is flavored with elements of country and Americana. He is currently working on finishing his E.P., which will be released this summer and performed for the first time here at Rock City. Ben Durham is a passionate musician and writer, who is constantly looking for new inspiration and ways to develop his voice.
Sundays, except June 25; Additionally on May 29 and September 4
Three brothers with true passion for music. Adam and Ian Pendlington have been as close as brothers can be since birth. The boys played in a few different bands growing up, but finally came together to make a band built with the strongest bond in the universe: Family. Bass player Stephen Quinn completed the trio just before graduating high school. In their first meeting they tossed around song ideas including tracks from the future debut E.P.
3 years later, they have traveled across the country and performed all over their home state of Georgia from small house parties to large festivals. The band coined the term "adventure rock" for themselves from their love of venturing into the unknown. They became well known for their passionate, high energy live performances, tight harmonies, and feel good music. They finally solidified their local fan base with the release of their first full length album in May 2013. While touring Georgia and surrounding states, the band has been writing a follow up to the 2013 release. Finally choosing to record the next album in their own home, the result captured the truest side of their music...Highbeams "ONE WORD" was released June 20, 2014 with the belief that the strength of the songs and love in the music would shine through in today's music scene. The album was very successful, garnering the band's first ever nationwide college radio play and even caught the attention of a few major radio and television networks. Along with that, "ONE WORD" set another milestone being the first release to completely sell out of physical copies.
Today, Highbeams continues a busy tour schedule and is always striving to raise the bar for themselves in all aspects of their music.
Tarryn Aimee Smith
Select Fridays and July 3, 4, & 5
Tarryn Aimee Smith is an Americana singer-songwriter whose music is a unique blend of folk, bluegrass, jazz and country. Many who hear Tarryn's voice describe it as pure and smooth, with an angelic quality reminiscent of Allison Krauss. Based in the Nashville area, the multi-instrumentalist plays regularly at local restaurants, music venues, private and house parties, and festivals in Tennessee and other states. In 2012 she signed with Second City Music Group as a staff songwriter. Her song "Expecting Good Things", which she co-wrote with Wil Nance and Steve Dean, was the title cut of Jeff and Shari Easter's Grammy Nominated album 2010, and a live recording of the song was also placed on the Gaither Homecoming "Majesty" CD and DVD set. As an artist, Tarryn's music has been played along with interviews on numerous radio stations across the country. With diverse influences including James Taylor, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, the Eagles, the Judds, Joni Mitchell, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald, Tarryn enjoys writing a variety of music styles. She also specializes in acoustic arrangements of classic songs, similar to the styling of the late Eva Cassidy.
In the summer, check out all of our summer annuals blooming all summer long. We also have Becky Shasta Daisies, Limelight Hydrangeas, Deep Rose Sunpatiens, Petunias, Black-Eyed Susans, and Purple Heart plants blooming in our gardens.
Partners & Sponsors
Rock City is proud to support the Lula Lake Land Trust during our Summer Music Weekends series.
Lula Lake Land Trust preserves natural and historic landscapes through conservation, education, and low impact recreation. The Lula Lake Land Trust seeks to create a network of conservation properties within the watershed that will ensure protection and enhancement of local water quality, protect areas which maintain contiguous forest cover and scenic views, provide opportunities for research and education programs and designate areas suitable for public access, use and enjoyment.