CHATTANOOGA. People are already flocking to get tickets to Songbirds Guitar Museum that opened recently at the historic Chattanooga Choo-Choo. The Grand Opening Celebration will be held March 10-12, with a street festival planned for March 11 (from noon to 5 p.m.) along Station Street. 

Through special exhibits and interactive videos, Songbirds Guitar Museum takes you on a journey through the history of the guitar and its impact on pop culture. 

Grand Opening Special events: 

Les Paul from Start to Finish: MARCH 10, 11, 12. Jim Wysocki, a longtime friend of the late Les Paul, will be at the museum throughout the grand opening weekend to share his insights. Your museum admission that day includes this event and gives you the chance to view and play some of Les’s personal guitars. See some of the earliest innovations in guitar design.

Street Festival along Station Street: MARCH 11. Enjoy live music from 12 noon to 5 p.m. along Station Street at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo. Performers include: Chattanooga Girls Rock, The Pool, The Drew Sterchi Band, and The Communicators. Songbirds opens at 10 a.m. that day. 

Featured guitarists include Jordan Hallquist, Jess Goggans, Mark Russell, Alan Shikoh, Nick Lutsko, Michael McDade, Jonathan Wimpee, Jesse James Jungkurth, Drew Sterchi, Rick Rushing and Ryan Oyer.

Find cool custom options to embellish your guitar at the Gibson Custom Shop trailer.

Plan your visit. 

The Chattanooga Choo-Choo complex is also home to the Frothy Monkey (which opened March 6, 2017) and Stir. Nearby, enjoy Terminal Brewhouse, Bluegrass Grill, Chattanooga Whiskey Company, The Hot Chocolatier, Flying Squirrel Bar, Niedlov’s Breadworks, Blue Orleans, Mean Mug Coffeehouse, Clyde’s, The Feed Co. Table and Tavern, and Conga Latin Food. All eateries and taverns are within a walkable two block radius of Songbirds.


APRIL 4: California Guitar Trio 25th Anniversary

APRIL 20: Classical Guitarist Michael McCallie and Friends

APRIL 21: Guitar Legend Dick Dale