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Bessie Smith Strut

The Bessie Smith Strut will be held on Monday, June 9th with gates opening at 4:30 pm. Talent includes Nikki Hill, Andy Allo, Big James and the Chicago Playboys, Rusty Wright Band, Boukou Groove and headlining will be Grammy nominated blues legend Bobby Rush.

Important things to know about this year’s Strut:

Everyone will be issued an armband prior to entering the site.  Photo ID must be shown for anyone 21 and older.  All children 17 and under are required to be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult.  NOTE:  Bobby Rush performance will contain mature adult content not suitable for children.

How much are the tickets?

Tickets purchased are $7 (through June 6) and will increase to $10 after June 6.  Riverbend bands holders may purchase tickets for $7 in advance or at the gate.

Where can tickets be purchased?

Tickets may be purchased at one of the following ticket outlets:

Area Kangaroo Gas Stations

Bessie Smith Cultural Center

200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.


526 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Maggie G’s

400 E Martin Luther King Blvd.


JJ’s Bohemia

231 E Martin Luther King Blvd.


Roshanna’s Hair & Beauty Bar

320 E Martin Luther King Blvd.

Chatt Smokehouse

416 E Martin Luther King Blvd

Advanced $7 Tickets may also be purchased online through Friday, June 6th at bessiesmithstrut.eventbrite.com.  Please note that there is a $1.38 processing fee charged to each online ticket.

Bathroom passes for the Bessie Smith Cultural Center will be available for purchase at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center after gates open.

Where are the entrance gates to the Strut?

While the Strut will be enclosed with fencing this year, there will be three entrances that will provide easy and direct access to the street fest.

Martin Luther King & Lindsay

King Street & 10th Street

Martin Luther King & Peeples

What items are acceptable to bring to the Strut?

Strut goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs (not the folding type), cameras, and special needs assistive devices to the Strut.

However, the following items are prohibited:

  • Coolers
  • Food or Beverages
  • Glass containers
  • Framed or large backpacks
  • Folding chairs
  • Carts
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Pets
  • 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.


The Bessie Cultural Center  (Bessie Smith Strut) appreciates the support of


Anonymous Donor

The Benwood Foundation

The Lyndhurst Foundation


Special Thanks to:

Brewer Media

The City of Chattanooga

Friends of the Festival

Republic Parking

Communications and Electronics

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Volunteers for 2014 Strut