Meet The Tribe, a group of politically active hippies of the “Age of Aquarius” living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting the draft in the rock musical, “Hair.” The show grew out of the hippie counter-culture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, and the musical’s profanity, its sexuality, and its irreverence caused controversy when it debuted Off-Broadway in 1967. After moving to Broadway the following year, it ran for 1,750 performances and its songs became anthems of the peace movement.
A Broadway revival opened in 2009, earning strong reviews and winning the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for best revival of a musical. Age has not lessened the powerful impact of this four-decades-old musical, as Time magazine reports: “Today Hair seems, if anything, more daring than ever.”
“Hair” opens at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on Friday with a calendar of related events accompanying its run through July 14.
• Friday, June 15: Opening night reception begins at 7 p.m. followed by the show at 8 p.m.
• Saturday, June 16: Stay afterwards to watch the Riverbend finale fireworks from the Theatre Centre patio at no extra charge.
• Friday, June 22: Be-In with Hippie Radio 106.9 from 1-8 p.m. featuring music, face painting, food and drink, and entertainment from the cast of “Hair.”
• Friday June 29: Hippie Chicks’ Night Out sponsored by Brewer Media with complimentary adult beverages.
• Friday, July 6: Talk back after the show with the director and cast.
• Saturday, July 14: Closing night show.
8 p.m. • June 15-July 14
Chattanooga Theatre Centre
400 River St.
Thursday, June 14
Ugly Radio Rebellion
• The music of Frank Zappa. Enough said.
8 p.m. • JJ’s Bohemia
231 E. MLK Blvd. • (423) 266-1400
“The Music Man”
• The Broadway hit about a con man and his musical scheme.
8 p.m. • Signal Mountain Playhouse
301 Rolling Way • Signal Mountain • smph.org
Friday, June 15
Long Gone Darlings
• Hard-working band returns to an intimate setting.
9 p.m. • Southside Saloon & Bistro
1301 Chestnut St.
• A top-notch stand-up comedian.
9:30 p.m. • Vaudeville Café • 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839 • funnydinner.com
Saturday, June 16
Nim Nims and Amber Fults
• A double shot of Chattanooga rock from some of the city’s best bands.
10 p.m. • Rhythm & Brews
221 Market St. • rhythm-brews.com
Chattanooga Football Club
• Home game vs. DC United U-23S.
7 p.m. • Finley Stadium • 1826 Carter St.
(423) 266-4041 • chattanoogafc.com