Music Makers

How this works:

We are creating a pool of music makers who want to participate and recruiting venues for these artists. Currently we do not have specific schedules posted but two weeks before the event we hope to have enough details so that everyone will find their best music making experience.

These artists are listed as part of the network of music makers contributing to the fun of Make Music Day Chattanooga 2022. You may find them performing at an open mic or as a featured artist at one of our listed venues. If you represent a venue and want to contact one of the artists please try their website first then if necessary send us an email and we will forward it to them:

Note: listing here is not required for participation in MMD. There are open mic opportunities which only require showing up. MMD encourages music making all over the city in any unaffiliated events.

Submit your profile information HERE

Ryan Oyer:

Dad, Singer/Songwriter, Artist, Radio Host

Ryan has contributed his talents in various forms every year since 2016. In 2021 he collaborated with the Somersault String Ensemble to perform a collection of Beatles music in a show titled, “Ticket to Ride” hosted by Gate 11 Distillery. It was an amazing contribution to Make Music Day and we are expecting something special in 2022.

Will perform at the Gate 11 Distillery as part of 11 Fresh Duos, 7 to 10 PM

Website HERE

C-Grimey X:

C-Grimey is a well known and respected performer and event organizer. He has participated in MMD since Music On The Move in 2017. It is great to have him back to lead us in more music making experience.

Will perform at Cherry Street Tavern at 10 PM

Website: HERE

Ed Bergin:

Piano accordionist-played for SoundCorps for 5 years (2016-2020). Taught at the Mountain Arts Community Center (since 2015). Play in a variety of styles and settings- some solo and some duo or ensemble. Have played Gypsy Jazz, klezmer, Celtic, Latin and more.

Will perform at downtown branch library on the plaza at 3 PM.

Photo is of Ed at the city library in 2017

Of August:

August wrote the new theme song which is the soundtrack for the slideshow!

Of August is the music of a Chattanooga-based songwriter known as August. Armed with a voice that can captivate the most diverse of audiences, August delivers folk-rock melodies with a strong pop sensibility. Lyrics that soothe the soul and explore topics on life, love, and faith are common themes alongside August’s upbeat rhythmic guitars that compels audiences to stand and sing along. Of August is at the moment, a solo acoustic act, but you might see other collaborators at certain events.

Will perform at Downside Up at 7 PM

Website: HERE

Stringer’s Ridge:

Presenting a mix of exciting instrumentals and ear-catching vocal numbers, Stringer’s Ridge crosses musical and geographic boundaries. Their music has diverse and eclectic influences, with and a strong focus on Celtic, Folk & String Band music—but they can also veer off into other eclectic/world/fiddle genres.

Watch for Stringer’s Ridge at the Hixon branch library

Find them on FACEBOOK

Hear them on BANDCAMP

Kid Cuebas

I have performed the Revelry room to the granfalloon to Ziggys. I have performed in ATL and Nash as well. I am an Emo Trap, Alternative, ant-pop artist. I bring fun high energy to songs in minor keys. I am accessible and enigmatic!!

Hear music at: SPOTIFY

B# Collective

I’ve loved music since I was four. In high school, I picked up a bassoon in band and ended up graduating from the New World School of the Arts! I’ve played and taught and composed for 25 years, completing a degrees in Music Performance from the University of Miami and advanced degrees from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Along the way, I realized how much I love not just playing and composing music, but sharing it with others.

Will perform at Northgate branch library at 4 PM

Music at: HERE

His Call Gospel Singers

We have been singing together since 2018 in assisted living homes and churches. Craig has been playing guitar and piano since he was 13 years old. He had the largest Rock’n’Roll band in Chattanooga in 1962 with 11 members. He sings rock, oldies and Gospel. Debby has been singing Gospel music since 2000.

Facebook PAGE

J. Moore

Spoken word artist.

Founder of the Truth Serum and member of Rhyme N Chatt

“Feeling transferred to words”

Performance on YouTube

J. Moore will be manager of the Walnut Street Plaza stage

Joseph Ridolfo

Multi Instrumentalist. Sitar, dulcimer, American folklore, ragtime Mummer.

Joe Ridolfo started playing banjo as a Mummer, a marching band unique to the Greater Philadelphia area. I’m 1967-70, Joe moved to India where he learned sitar. He met Ravi Shankar on several occasions and experienced events that included the Beatles while they were in India. Joe attended MTSU in Murfreesboro and studied regional folk music and has won numerous awards for his dulcimer skills. Joe moved to Chattanooga in 1987 and was a Teaching Artist for Allied Arts/Artsbuild. He was also one of the original street performers for the Aquarium and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival and still plays thanks to Sound Corps. He has also performed for many festivals across the Southeast. Notable bands: Music of the Cumberlands, Joe Boss, Tulsi Fusion band, Organized KAOS and many improvised bands for special occasions.

Will perform on the downtown library plaza at 3:45 and others are invited to join him at 4:15 for jamming in key of C. Bring any instrument you prefer and have a great time making music!

Katrina Barclay

Katrina Barclay’s voice is known to captivate an audience. Josh Pickard of writes, “…it’s the absolute sense of earnestness and plainspoken emotion that comes through, giving each song a ragged but sympathetic appearance.” Guitar riffs influenced by alternative rock and blues lend an edge that cuts gently into preconceptions. Although Katrina was raised on gospel bluegrass in Bryant, AL her music comes from a resounding need to be vulnerable through writing songs about life and its beauty and struggles. A decade of performing and recording brought her to the stage of The Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN in 2019 upon winning a statewide songwriting competition in Chattanooga. Katrina’s debut LP “Element” was recorded and produced by Rome’s Austen Earp and released in 2016.

Will perform at the Cherry Street Tavern at 10 PM.

Katrina on YouTube

In the Company of Wolves

In the Company of Wolves is a brother-sister duo from Portland, Maine who combine their love for songwriting with a passion for story-telling. Inspired by some of their favorite musical influences, including Novo Amor, Bon Iver, and Mumford and Sons, Sydney and Brayden use their unique sound (think Glen Hansard meets Phoebe Bridgers) to share their passion and commitment to making sure youth, especially those struggling with their mental health, feel seen, heard, and loved.

Will perform at Downside Up 7PM

YouTube: Be The Change

Instagram: @inthecompanyofwolvesindie

Maaark Anderson

Harmonica workshop leader, poet, singer songwriter.

Mark will lead the harmonica workshop at the downtown library plaza at 1 PM and Cherry Street Tavern at 10 PM

Website: MJAnderson

Richard Daigle

Richard is a local leader in creating communities of singer-songwriters. He hosts Songwriters Circle on Thursday nights at Puckett’s and many other events. Any event he participates in on MMD will have an extra boost of great quality and fun!

Website: Richard Daigle

Timothy Hawn

is a Classically trained musician with more than 16 years of experience in performing and entertaining. He has performed in many venues including: The Smithsonian Museum, several locations in Ireland, and Disney World, and also plays a variety of genres from Jazz to Rock and Roll. Timothy regularly does volunteer performances for nursing homes as well as numerous public events and has participated in a diverse range of activities involving: theatre, opera, choir, accompaniment, and conducting.

Timothy will be performing on the downtown library plaza at noon

Website: Timothy Hawn

Music Moves Me!

Singing Games for Kids of All Ages: presented by KIUTC, from the Music Division of UTC Department of Performing Arts. We are working to improve our musicianship and our teaching!

Music Moves Me will be on the downtown library plaza at 2 PM


Theta Therapy

Jennifer Kearns is a classically trained French hornist, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in French horn performance from the University of Kentucky, a Master’s degree in French horn performance from USC Los Angeles, and also obtained her K-12 music education license from UNLV and has 10 years teaching experience. Performance Credits include Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kanye West, Josh Groban, Hugh Jackman, Bernadette Peters, Jennifer Lopez, and more. As a classical musician, her credits include the Pittsburgh Opera, Chamber Orchestra of Los Angeles, Paramount Studio Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, and the River City Brass Band. As a touring artist, Jennifer was the French horn featured soloist for both the Emmy award-winning Broadway show “Blast!” as well as the Japan-based tour of “Odyssey.” Her Broadway credits include Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, Ragtime, and Porgy and Bess. Most recently, Jennifer performed full-time in Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers at the Wynn, Las Vegas.

Jennifer on YouTube


Joylene is an Americana singer songwriter based in Chattanooga, TN. She loves being a part of the local music community and performs a heart felt mix of personal songs blended with popular songs made new.

Will perform at Downside Up at 7 PM.

Facebook: Joylenemusic

Instagram: Joylenemusic


Shawnessey is a Chattanooga singer-songwriter who plays a variety of folk/rockish original and cover tunes. Think Sufjan Stevens meets Neil Young Performs solo, with a standup bassist, or with a full band and hosts a regular Tuesday night open mic night. Passionate about youth mentoring, Shawnessey is a big proponent of capable individuals investing time in at-risk youth through foster care or as a Big Brother/Big Sister.

Will host and perform at Downside Up, 7 PM

Here more at: ReverbNation

and: SoundCloud

Chase Noah

Chase is strongly passionate about southern music, and works to incorporate Blues motifs and Appalachian music stylings into pop rock song writing. Lyrically, he works through mental health topics, as well as timeless themes of love and heartbreak.

Hear Chase on: Spotify


Buddy Shirk

Buddy hosts an event we call Buddy Shirk’s Piano Bar, which is a combination of featured performers and open mic – or open piano stage. This year he and his piano will be inside the lobby of the downtown library.

Summit Pianos WEBSITE