The Songbirds Guitar & Pop Culture Museum is launching a new live series called “The Songbirds Radio Hour”, a new hour-long music and interview show hosted in front of a live audience. The monthly show will take place at the Songbirds Guitar & Pop Culture Museum and will air on WUTC approximately one week after the live event.
The live event series is free to the general public and each episode will cover a different theme and how it intertwines with music, from racism and civil rights to the legacy of southern rock, women in punk, regional music history, gender identity, etc. . It will feature regional and national celebrities – from authors and journalists to musicians, producers and others involved in the music industry – in a Q&A style format, along with music from a regional band. or national.
“This event has been in the works for a long time and we are excited to share it with the public,” said Reed Caldwell, Executive Director of Songbirds. “Part of our mission is music education and to help organize and preserve local, regional and national music history, and ‘The Songbirds Radio Hour’ is another way to do that.”
The inaugural episode of “The Songbirds Radio Hour” will focus on Chattanooga’s famous Ninth Street – now known as MLK Blvd. – and how the thriving black community helped shape the musical career of legendary blues singer Bessie Smith. It will take place on Thursday, September 1 at 7 p.m.
Dr. Michelle Scott, author of Blues Empress in Black Chattanooga: Bessie Smith and the Emerging Urban South, will be the special guest interviewer for this episode. Dr. Scott is a professor of history at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County. Neshawn Calloway is a music teacher at Chattanooga’s Center for Creative Arts and will be the musical guest, covering some of Bessie Smith’s most beloved songs.
Free tickets are available online only on the Songbirds website under the Shows tab. Space is limited to 75 people. Alcoholic beverages will be served, with proceeds going to the Songbirds’ Guitars for Kids program, which provides free guitars, lessons and music therapy to southern children.