The legendary Bessie Smith Strut will take place on Monday, June 9th on Martin Luther King Blvd. Each year the Strut features amazing people, great food and live blues and R & B music on multiple stages. It’s known as the largest block party where Chattanoogans come together and everyone gets along. Once again the Bessie Smith Cultural Center is coordinating the Bessie Smith Strut and we are looking to fill volunteer positions during the 7:30 - 10:30 pm time slot. With help from the community, businesses, and volunteers we can all come together to make this event a huge success for years to come. To get more information on how you can help, give us a call at 423-266-8658 and ask for Tamekia Lyons or email: TLyons@bessiesmithcc.org. Strut goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs (no metal chairs or large plastic chairs), cameras, and special needs assistive devices to the Strut.
Tickets available online now at strut2014.eventbrite.com and at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center for the 2014 Bessie Smith Strut. Admission is $7 in advance (up until June 6) without a 2014 Riverbend wristband/$10 day of festival without a 2014 Riverbend wristband and $7 with your 2014 Riverbend wristband. Service fees may apply. Everyone will be issued an armband prior to entering the site. Valid Photo ID must be shown for anyone 21 and older or current College ID if under 21. All children 17 and under are required to be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult. Children 10 and under are admitted free with an adult. Note: (Bobby Rush performance will contain adult content not suitable for children.)
The following items are prohibited:
- Food or Beverages
- Glass containers
- Framed or large backpacks
- Folding chairs
- Fireworks or explosives
- Skateboards, scooters, personal motorized vehicles or bicycles
- Video/Audio equipment: No video or audio recording will be allowed
- Metal aerosol containers, including sunscreen
- Weapons of any kind or firearms
- Illegal substances (including narcotics or drug paraphernalia)
- Unauthorized solicitations, handbills, sampling, giveaways, etc.
- No illegal vending is permitted. No unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed
Strut goers and their belongings are subject to search upon entry and re-entry of the Bessie Smith Strut.
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