Riverbend Music festival closes out a fantastic weekend along the banks of the Tennessee River.
Alabama native Jason Isbell closed out the festival with his band The 400 Unit. No stranger to large crowds, Isbell and company rocked out. Their heartfelt country music get amplified ten fold live, where they almost resemble more of a rock band. Certainly one of the best performances of the weekend, it's a no-brainer as to why he was chosen to end the weekend.
Southern-rock jam band Gov't Mule took the stage ahead of Jason Isbell. Forming from members of The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule immediately gained attention in the jam-space. However, their legendary shows are what made them a staple in the scene. Fans from all over descended upon Chattanooga for their set, from at least as far as Connecticut. Insanely talented musicians, this was certainly a show to behold.
Country music legend Tanya tucker also made an appearance. Celebrating 50 years of her debut album, Delta Dawn, it was a special site to see the icon live. With multiple Grammys and CMAs under her belt, there is no doubt Tanya is a star.
Sunday also included performances from The War and Treaty, Los Amigos Invisibles, Brittney Spencer, The Shindellas, Lenox Hills, and The Magi. Two standouts were certainly The War and Treaty and Brittney Spencer. Both brought two of the best vocal performances of the entire festival, covering soul and Americana between them respectively. Brittney Spencer might just have been my favorite kick-off act of the entire weekend.
Overall, you couldn't ask for a better festival. For the size and scale of Riverbend, it was loaded with entertainment. There were no dull moments, a fantastic festival ground, and plenty of great people. I wouldn't just recommend this festival to locals of Chattanooga, but anybody in the southeast.
Overall, Riverbend 2022 was stellar. There was truthfully not a single act I didn't enjoy all weekend, and it seemed like the crowd would agree. I'm excited to see where the festival goes over the next few years as it continues to redefine itself and push itself to new heights.