Riverbend is Irrelevant http://www.chattanoogapulse.com/columns/riverbend-is-irrelevant/ en-us <function copyright at 0x6d78f50> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 21:55:40 GMT the machine http://www.chattanoogapulse.com/columns/riverbend-is-irrelevant/ 9865dce2-dae3-11e1-82d6-1231394043be Fri, 15 Jun 2012 21:55:40 GMT I don't know why I'm defending Riverbend
While I agree with your generalized loathing of Riverbend, I don't think it is fair to compare it to festivals of such a larger scale, like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. It would make more sense to compare it to festivals hosted by similar cities, that are equally unknown outside of their localities, but perhaps draw better musicians and don't take over downtown for nine days, like LivFest in Wichita. They even include six complementary drinks with the price of a ticket. Now there's an idea.

And although you may be hip enough to have enjoyed the finest of Chattanooga's local band offerings as recently as last week, hundreds of people are not and having the local musicians play at Riverbend gives them more exposure to new fans. What could be wrong with that?]]>
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You're right, but....
If I were picking the acts I'd be tempted to see how low I could set the bar before people stop showing up (based on the pictures I've seen, FoF may have finally reached that level when they exchanged The Gap Band for "That Guy Who Was In The Gap Band's Other Band").

It used to be that the side stages made up for the lack of interesting Coke Stage content, but generally speaking that is not the case in 2012. You gotcher local cover bands and you gotcher regional bands that have played Rhythm & Brews a dozen times, and that's about it. ]]>
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