A superb venue
And if you’re curious about the Barking Legs name, its origin stems from the “bark leggins” that were worn by scouts and woodsmen of the Appalachian region in the last century.
Flying Fingers Productions (now part of CoPAC)
Flying Fingers has been taken on by CoPAC, the non-profit that runs Barking Legs, but it was the starting point for the theater’s music program.
Since its founding in 1997 by George Bright and Bruce Kaplan, Flying Fingers Productions has presented some of the world’s finest acoustic musicians in the intimate, listener-friendly Barking Legs Theater. From acoustic to bluegrass, jazz to fusion, old-time to modern, experimental music, Barking Legs has played host to some of the nation’s finest performers.
The list of performers who have graced our stage are too numerous to catalog here, but include such notable artists as the Infamous Stringdusters, the Shaking Ray Levis, Col. Bruce Hampton, Evan Cobb, Trevor Watts, Malcolm Goldstein and Adrian Legg, to name but a few. See our History page for a longer list of some of the performers we’ve brought to Chattanooga.
With the July 2013 launch of our redesigned website, we are cataloging upcoming and past performers under subsections of this page, including audio, video and links to their websites.
Contemporary Performing Arts of Chattanooga (CoPAC)
CoPAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the work of contemporary performing artists in the Southeast as well as outside of the region. We are committed to supporting and presenting work that challenges the barriers that inhibit new growth and exploration and that push outside the prescribed boundaries of the performing arts. We seek to serve the community through outreach programs, arts projects and classes.
In collaboration with the Shaking Ray Levi Society, CoPAC has helped bring some amazing “experimental, improvisational and out there” music to Chattanooga. The ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Amy Denio, Davey Williams, LaDonna Smith, Eugene Chadbourne and the Shaking Ray Levis (the late Dennis Palmer and his musical partner Bob Stagner) have performed ear-and-mind-stretching music at Barking Legs. Eugene Chadbourne’s CD, Insect Attracter, features recordings from his BLT show.