Chattanooga, Tennessee is eagerly awaiting its newest mid-size music venue scheduled to open tomorrow. The 1,300-capacity Signal is being brought to the city by the same people behind Nashville’s beloved Marathon Music Works and Exit/In.
The new warehouse venue will resemble the openness of Marathon Music Works and feature a rear balcony with a bar for elevated viewing. Prior to becoming The Signal, the space was a trampoline jump park. The venue is named after the nearby Signal Mountain and was decided upon through a radio contest voted on by Chattanooga residents.
“The opportunity presented itself to do a midsize venue in that market and our company has been in that phase of out of market opportunities,” said owner of Marathon Music Works, Chris Cobb. “We opened a spot in Kansas City last September and we’ve been actively looking at other markets.”
Marathon Music Works opened The Truman in Kansas City, Missouri late last year and have already seen artists such as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Drive-By Truckers, and Luke Combs with upcoming shows for Courtney Barnett, Dan Auerbach, and Franz Ferdinand.
The Signal’s first official show will be country punk-rock band, Lucero, Feb. 24 with support from Jake La Botz. Lucero will be followed by X Ambassadors, Stone Temple Pilots, and Gary Clark Jr.
“I sit here jealous in Nashville about the shows The Signal gets versus Marathon Music Works,” Cobb said. “All these cool shows pass over Marathon and play the Ryman, bUt then they play The Signal. I like to have as well-rounded of a calendar as possible to serve as many folks as we possibly can.”
The city is home to University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and just two hours away from both Nashville and Knoxville, The Signal can easily help with routing tours through Tennessee.
“The calendar already shows that cool shows can stop and play Chattanooga and I think Chattanooga is going to step up and buy tickets to the shows. We’ll build it organically from there,” said Cobb.
Though The Signal will be Cobb’s first venue in the area, he has been working with the city for over a decade. For about 12 years, Cobb used to promote shows at a club called Rhythm and Brews where he built a rapport with the local music community.
That community came out for a sold-out sneak preview of the venue last weekend that showcased the space with local band The Communicators headlining the event.
“We just invited friends and family and members of the press and folks we’re going to be working with in the community to kick the tires and show the place off,” Cobb said. “We’re excited to get up and running and to bring great music to the market.”
The Signal officially opens its doors tomorrow (Feb. 24) for concerts and special events. Head to TheSignalTN.com for a schedule of shows and more information.