Even though we're in the middle of the holidays, the Friends of the Festival and Riverbend are hard at work securing artists to play Chattanooga's annual summer music festival on the banks of the Tennessee  River.
CMA 'New Artist of the Year' Brett Eldredge, Grammy Award winning female rappers Salt-N-Pepa and souther rockers Blackberry Smoke will be at Riverbend, according to a news release.
Brett Eldredge will hit the Coca Cola Stage Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 9:30pm. The country music star’s sudden fame and acclaim came with his 2013 debut album ‘Bring You Back.’ It delivered three number one hits, "Don’t Ya," "Mean to Me" and the Billboard No. 1 song on Country Airplay for 2014, "Beat of the Music."  As a newcomer, Eldredge toured with Taylor Swift and the momentum continued when he joined Darius Rucker’s Southern Style Tour.
Salt N Pepa will perform on the Coke Stage Thursday, June 16 at 6:30pm. The first ever female rap crew gave women across the globe a voice within their communities and the music industry as a whole. The trailblazers, as they’ve been called, broke barriers and opened doors that were once closed to women in hip-hop. With the hit songs "Push It," "Tramp," "Shake Your Thang," "Shoop" and "Whatta Man," Salt-N-Pepa would defy everyone's expectations and catapult hip-hop to new levels. 
Blackberry Smoke will play the 6:30pm slot on the Coke Stage June 15. The Atlanta-based band is one of America’s hottest live rock n’ roll outfits as a grass-roots phenomenon with a large and fiercely loyal fan base. The Washington Post proclaims them “a band that can reclaim Southern Rock for the South,” and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution declared, “The Atlanta quintet is the real deal.”
General admission wristbands are on sale now through Dec. 19th at Hamilton Place Mall at the visitor’s kiosk on the second floor. Wristbands are $35 to commemorate the festival’s 35th anniversary, a $20 savings from the gate price.
Online sales begin January 1st at www.riverbendfestival.com.  Wristbands are $40 online.