By Catherine Watkins
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –Track 29 is a new concert venue that opened in September in Chattanooga’s Southside.
The venue, 1400 Market Street, promises to bring national touring acts as well as regional and local acts.
As reported by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Track 29 has had some issues in the past: during their first show, one guest was charged with assaulting a police officer, and a week later, artist Corey Smith’s microphone was abruptly unplugged when he decided to play a song about a run-in he had with the cops.
However, it seems that more recent shows have gone more smoothly. One UTC student who attended the M. Ward show on Sept. 24 said, “The venue itself was pretty nice and the sound was pretty good.” He did go on to say that he thought the staff could have been nicer.
He also thought that while Track 29 has had its problems, the venue would ultimately be a benefit to the area. “I do think it’s a good thing for Chattanooga because when bands would come to town they could either play one of the tiny clubs like JJ’s Bohemia or they would have to play the big theaters like the Tivoli and there’s no real middle ground so now this could attract a wider spread of bands,” he said.
He also thought that Track 29’s connection with AC Entertainment would help bring bands that would normally go to Knoxville or Nashville might choose to stop in Chattanooga now.
Another UTC student agreed that Track 29 would likely benefit the area. “I think Track 29 will be a great addition to Chattanooga and I think Main Street was the perfect choice for it. The area definitely needed something like this and I think that it is going to draw in visitors and revitalize the Southside,” she said.