In the middle of all the seasonal events that come with fall, there is one music festival in particular that doesn’t get as much press as it should: Bakertree at Covenant College on Lookout Mountain this Saturday.
Organized by Covenant several years ago to celebrate the season and showcase the various talents of students, Bakertree has become an annual tradition.
The event takes place on the main lawn of Covenant’s campus every year, and there are plenty of things to enjoy, no matter what you’re into.
No music festival would be complete without a wide variety of quality live music, and Bakertree has you covered there. The day is actually split up into two protracted concerts over the course of several hours—one outside on the lawn and one inside the school’s main auditorium.
The outdoor concert lineup this year includes Maplehurst, Canadian Coldfront and Cereus Bright, which are three incredibly solid folk bands with their own flair and style. The music starts at 5 p.m., and there’s plenty to enjoy on the lawn while you listen to these bands from Knoxville.
Students of the college will set up dozens of tables to demonstrate their artistic and crafting skills with a wide variety of materials and mediums. Handmade jewelry, clothing and several other art projects will all be available for sale by different vendors, so if you’re looking to see the fruit of some young, local talent, be sure to stop by. In addition to the wide variety of vendors, there will be cotton candy, bobbing for apples and a cakewalk for the kids.
The main event begins in the auditorium after the lawn festival shuts down at 8 p.m. and consists of two better-known bands from out of town every year. This year, Covenant will host Night Beds from Nashville and The Lighthouse and the Whaler from Cleveland, Ohio. You can download an MP3 of Night Bed’s music online and see a music video The Lighthouse and the Whaler did for their song "Pioneers" here.
The outdoor festival is free to get into, and the indoor concert is $10 at the door.
Fall is a time of celebration, and Chattanooga does that well. The city has a great deal to offer, and Covenant is happy to be a small part of that community. The college will gladly welcome anyone that would like to come enjoy the season in style this weekend. Besides, how can you say no to good music and cotton candy?
Emmett Gienapp is a writer trying to make it through college in Chattanooga. You can usually find him bouldering around the city, catering to pay rent or reading Dostoevsky in public places to appear intellectual.
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