11 concerts to see this week including The Ballroom Thieves, Mikaela Davis, Spoon Benders and more

Photo cred: Mikaela Davis – Playing The Woodshop 5/3

Start May with a jam-packed week of concerts, offering something for everyone.

Here are eleven concerts to see in the next seven days, happening all around Chattanooga; for ticket links and more details head on over to the Chattanooga Music Guide Concert Calendar.

Monday 4/29: Social Creatures, Velvet Christ, The Cutts, Sun Bleach @ Boneyard

NYC’s Social Creatures is a funky synth-pop band that formed during the pandemic, giving them plenty of time to hone their sound, which mixes elements of New Order, Depeche Mode, and Bombay Bicycle Club. They put on an energetic live show with danceable tracks. Currently, they’re on a 10-city tour through the South, wrapping up at the Montauk Music Festival in New York. Local bands Velvet Christ, The Cutts, and Sun Bleach open the show. // Boneyard Bar 8:00pm $10 at door 21+

Social Creatures “Nothing Changes” (Official Music Video)

Tuesday 4/30: Lydia Lunch: A night of spoken word @ Cherry Street

Lydia Lunch is a singer, poet, writer, and actress who gained fame in the 1970s New York City no wave scene as the frontwoman of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. She has collaborated with bands like Sonic Youth and Omar Rodríguez-López from The Mars Volta. The show will feature punk comic JT Habersaat, who will perform his storytelling-style comedy set, followed by a spoken word set from Lydia Lunch. Local rock bands Cult Baby and Ghetto Blasters will also take the stage. // Cherry Street Tavern 8:00pm $10 at door Ticket link. 21+

Lydia Lunch – Some Velvet Morning – 1982

Tuesday 4/30: The Other Brothers @ Barrelhouse Patio

The Pickleball Project presents The Other Brothers. This new show format, from Barrelhouse Ballroom and Five Wits Brewing, brings live performances by local artists to their patio throughout the spring and summer. Tuesday evening’s show features The Other Brothers, a local band known for their original jam-folkgrass tunes and fantastic covers. Best of all, it’s free! It’s a great band and a cozy spot—don’t miss it! // Barrelhouse Ballroom Patio 6:00pm Free show. All ages.

The Other Brothers Live at Nightfall 2020

Thursday 5/2: The Ballroom Thieves @ Barking Legs

The Ballroom Thieves, a celebrated indie folk band from Boston, Massachusetts, consists of husband-and-wife duo Calin Peters and Martin Earley. They create a rich, folk-inspired sound by blending vocals, cello, and guitar. Their latest album, “Sundust,” released in early April, delves into themes of self-awareness and healing. Known for their captivating and intimate live performances, the band has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. Seeing them in a cozy, small-scale theater promises to make this an even more enjoyable experience. // Barking Legs Theater 7:30pm $28.52 Event link.

The Ballroom Thieves “Everything Is Everything” (Official Music Video)

Thursday 5/2: Bombadil @ Redbud

Bombadil is a four-piece folk-pop band from Durham, North Carolina, known for their engaging live performances, thoughtful lyrics, and rich, expansive vocal harmonies. The group formed in 2005 and has since released several albums and EPs, including their latest, “In Color,” relased in 2023. Their music combines guitar, bass, piano, and drums, offering a fresh twist on Americana. If you’re new to the Redbud venue, this concert is an excellent opportunity to experience it. // Redbud 8:00pm $10 Ticket link.

Bombadil “So Many Ways to Die” (Official Music Video)

Friday 5/3: Call Me Spinster @ Yellow Racket Records

Local folk-pop family band Call Me Spinster released their debut full-length record, “Potholes,” on April 12. They’ve begun a tour to promote the album, and this concert is a perfect opportunity to catch their hometown performance. Joining them is the Love.Craft Band, an Athens, Georgia-based group supported by Love.Craft, a foundation that empowers adults with special needs. This is one of the first shows Love.Craft Band has played outside of Athens. Expect an evening filled with great music and fantastic people. // Yellow Racket Records 8:00pm $10 Ticket link. All ages

Call Me Spinster “Feet Are Dirty” (Official Music Video)

Friday 5/3: Mikaela Davis, Sean Thompson’s Weird Ears @ The Woodshop

Mikaela Davis is a harpist and singer-songwriter who combines 60s pop, psychedelia, and folk rock in her music. A graduate of the Crane School of Music, she has performed alongside artists like Bob Weir and Bon Iver. Her latest album, And Southern Star, explores themes of growth, friendship, and change, drawing inspiration from her relationships with her bandmates. Opening the show is Nashville-based singer-songwriter Sean Thompson’s Weird Ears. His debut LP, Weird Ears, was released in 2022. // The Woodshop Listening Room 8:00pm $25.32 Ticket link.

Mikaela Davis Full Performance Live on KEXP

Friday 5/3: Spoon Benders @ JJ’s Bohemia

Spoon Benders are a Portland-based garage/punk band known for their dark and captivating style, blending goth influences with classic, fuzzy garage rock. Taking cues from The Stooges, Black Sabbath, and Osees, their sound is raw and powerful. They released their second full-length album, How Things Repeat, last spring. Currently on tour with the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, the band will stop by JJ’s for a solo performance. Catch ’em live this Friday. Sun Bleach and Deaf Valley will open. // JJ’s Bohemia 9:00pm $10 Ticket link. 21+

Spoon Benders “Nation” (Official Music Video)

Friday 5/3: John Paul White, Alexa Rose @ Barrelhouse Ballroom

John Paul White, formerly one-half of the Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars, has released two solo albums since the band’s breakup in 2014. His latest album, The Hurting Kind, released in 2019, draws inspiration from the lush, orchestrated music of 1960s Nashville. His sound blends folk, country, and Americana, with lyrics that delve into themes of love, loss, and human connections. Make sure to arrive on time so you don’t miss a second of opener Alexa Rose, an Asheville, NC-based singer-songwriter whose 2021 album, Headwaters, garnered praise from Rolling Stone and American Songwriter. // Barrelhouse Ballroom 8:00pm $25 Ticket link. 21+

John Paul White “What A Way To Go” (From The HBO Series True Detective)

Saturday 5/4: Dizgo, Et Cetera @ Barrelhouse Ballroom

Dizgo is a jam band known for their distinctive mix of jamtronica, funk, deep-groove soul, and psychedelic rock. Their live shows are a blend of intricate compositions, extended improvisation, soulful vocals, and electrifying guitar riffs, creating an experience that’s both danceable and contemplative. They’ve performed at major festivals like Peach Music Festival and Summer Camp Music Festival, and have opened for Goose and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. Local openers et Cetera are the perfect way to kick off this action-packed Saturday night. // Barrelhouse Ballroom 9:00pm $15 Ticket link.

Dizgo – Live from The Pelham Caverns

Saturday 5/4: Charles Wesley Godwin @ The Signal

Charles Wesley Godwin is a country-folk musician from Morgantown, West Virginia, recognized for his songwriting that pays homage to his roots. He first made waves with his 2019 debut album Seneca, a tribute to his home state. He has since released How the Mighty Fall and Family Ties, focusing on family, tradition, and personal stories. Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kashus Culpepper is the opening act. This Alabama native got his start playing bars five nights a week across Alabama and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. // The Signal 8:00pm $47.05 Ticket link.

Charles Wesley Godwin “All Again” (Official Music Video)