Over Memorial Day Weekend (Sat., May 23 and Sun., May 24) the third annual Who Fest returns to Chattanooga, Tenn. for a two-day outdoor festival of folk, outsider, visionary and self-taught art at Renaissance Park (directly across the Tennessee River from the Tennessee Aquarium).
The local art weirdos/fine Southern gentleman associated with the Shaking Ray Levi Society are overseeing the fest., and are setting up workshops on the various strains of folk/outsider art and music, including a workshop on disabilities in the arts.
The SRL's are also curating the musical portion of the fest., which includes performances from dozens of acts, including Duet for Theremin & Lapsteel, Jennie Knaggs of the Sure Shots, and a headlining performance from the one and only Eugene Chadbourne.
Chadbourne is a guitarist/banjo player and off-kilter songwriter, who has been deeply entrenched on the outskirts of outsider music since the mid '70s. His body of work reflects all of the social, political and musical upheaval of the times -- from the Vietnam War to the War on Terror. He's a musician who is equally comfortable dabbling in bluegrass, folk and free jazz, and has worked with everyone from Camper Van Beethoven, John Zorn and They Might Be Giants to the Sun City Girls.
For this show Chadbourne will be collaborating with the Shaking Ray Levis.
Sat. May 23 and Sun., May 24. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact Winder Binder Gallery of Folk Art at 423-413-8999.
Click below for a schedule of perfromances.
Saturday May 23 (Main Stage)
11 a.m. - noon: Orange Grove Chorus
noon - 1 p.m. Little Bang Theory
1 - 2 p.m. Kevin Kalimba Man Spears
3 - 4 p.m. Blair Dulcimer Choir
4 - 5 p.m. the Sure Shots / Jennie Knaggs
5 - 6 p.m. Eugene Chadbourne and the Shaking Ray Levis
Saturday May 23 (Pavillion)
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Art workshop
12 noon - 1:30 a.m. Drum workshop with Eddie Tuduri (The Rhythmic Arts Project)
2:30 - 3:00 p.m.: Dulcimer workshop with Sandy Conatser
Sunday May 24 (Main Stage)
11 a.m. - noon: Amanda Stevens
12 noon - 1 p.m. Wes Heydel
1 - 2 p.m. Lake Rise Place
2 - 3 p.m. Envie
3 - 4 p.m. Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel
4 - 5 p.m. the River of Flavortaste
Sunday, May 24 Pavillion
11 a.m. - noon Dance workshop with Polly Curtis
noon - 1 p.m. Disabilities in the Arts panel discussion
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. Movement workshop with Ann Shea
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