The Stage Under the Walnut Street Bridge (Now TVFCU Stage) Celebrates 20 Years at Riverbend Festival

Reported by: Amy Katcher
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Updated: 6/14/2013 7:03 pm
(WDEF) WDEF News12 went back into the archives to 1993 to hear from a festival promoter.  She said, "Riverwalk Stage is the thing I think we're touting the most.  We're really excited about it.  It's an ampitheater, under the Walnut Street Bridge.  We're going to have nightly entertainment there.  It accomodates 300 people.  For people that just sort of want to get away from what they perceive are big crowds, it's a wonderful place to go."
    The Riverwalk Stage was big news 20 years ago.  And today its still making waves as the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union stage.
     Friday's Artist of the Day, Moon Taxi, plays the ampitheater -style stage at 9:30 Friday night.
    Trevor Terndrup is a member of Moon Taxi.  He described their music, "In a live setting we're very engaging, very fast-paced, kind of raucous, lots of energy.  Our studio stuff is kind of catchy, pop-rock with like lots of synthesizers, banjos and odd instruments."
     TVFCU helps make it the what company reps say is the best stage at this year's festival.  Tammy Zumbrun of TVFCU said, "It's cool for one thing.  You're under cover so when it rains your acts still go on.  Also we've added some special lighting so it kind of has that club feel."
      This 20th anniversary marks the 7th year it's been run under the name Tennessee Valley Credit Union Stage.  Zumbrun added, "It's really exciting.  We had never done anything of this magnitude.  And to us this was just a great way to give back to the community.  It was a big step for us to take but we embraced it and it has just been a wonderful experience."
     Zumbrun says TVFCU hopes to sponsor the stage from here on out.
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