Welcome

Thank you for visiting the official website for Magic Birds, a Chattanooga, TN-based band made up of Scott Bruce and Ben Ezell. Delivering their own brand of Americana music, the duo blends together elements of classic country, bluegrass and folk, producing a style of music that exemplifies the sound that has helped shape their lives. Check out the site, see where the next performance will be and take a listen to a few tunes. Hope you like what you hear!

Thu 8/4 @ the Hunter Museum 

We are honored to be performing live at the Hunter Museum on Thu 8/4 as part of their All American Summer Concert Series. This is an early 'happy hour' show that starts at 6pm, so make sure you head straight over from work. The Hunter folks were also kind enough to work with us on this promotional video for the show...hope you enjoy Feeling Low!

Bring on August & September! 

August and September are shaping up very nicely for Magic Birds. In August, we will perform at the prestigious Hunter Museum, take our show to Anderson, SC for the first time and also play at the Revelry Room for the first time, opening for a pioneer of alt-county.

Check out these shows and others on our SHOWS page, and keep checking back as more will be added to September very soon!
We hope to see you at a show....

June come soon... 

June is shaping up to be a great month for Magic Birds!

First, we are proud to announce that we have been added to the lineup of the Amplify Decatur Music Festival on Saturday 6/18. This will be our first trip down to perform in Atlanta, and we couldn't be happier to share the stage with national acts like The Milk Carton Kids, Elephant Revival and Penny & Sparrow. 

Then, on Thursday 6/23, we are honored that we will be taking the stage with some of Chattanooga's finest musicians, taking turns playing some of our original songs at Barking Legs Theater as part of the Scenic City Showcase. Come see us share stories and tunes with Nick Lutsko, Ryan Oyer, The Goodbye Girls (Amber Fults & Hayley Graham) and T.J. Greever. This should be a fun night!

Check out our SHOWS page for more information about our upcoming shows, and always keep us with us at on our Facebook page. 
We hope to see you out soon!

Cornbread, here we come... 

Thanks to everyone that either came out to see us live or watched us online as we competed in the Road to Nightfall competition at The Granfalloon back in mid-March. We had a blast participating in the competition and we really appreciate all of your support. 

Next up, we will be making our first appearance at the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, TN on Sunday, April 24. Should be deliciously fun!

Also, we will be announcing 2 other exciting shows very soon, so stay tuned....

Check out our SHOWS page for more information about our upcoming shows, and always keep us with us at www.facebook.com/wearemagicbirds.
We hope to see you out soon!

Magic Birds update 

Thanks to everyone that came to see us perform live or at least checked out our music online in 2015! It was a great year for us, especially since we just launched Magic Birds to the public in May 2015. We have had great support from our friends and family, and we have made some great new friends along the way as well. 

You may have noticed that we haven't played out live since October. We are not going anywhere, just working on a few new things....maybe some new songs, maybe some new t-shirts, maybe some new members.....maybe Ben is growing out his hair?? We will be back soon, and hopefully with more fire than before! Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon....

Previous events

Scenic City Showcase

Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga

Scenic City Showcase presents Songwriters in the Round, featuring:

Mark "Porkchop" Holder & MPH - www.markporkchopholdermph.com

Rye Baby - www.ryebaby.bandcamp.com

Ashley Hicks & Matt Shigekawa (from Ashley and the X's) - www.ashleyandthexs.net

hosted by: Magic Birds www.wearemagicbirds.com

Scenic City Showcase returns for another installment of the Songwriters in the Round showcase, featuring some of the Chattanooga area's finest songwriters. With a stacked and diverse lineup for Saturday, February 3rd, come enjoy all of these artists on stage together, as they take turns sharing stories about their songs and performing them live in a stripped-down fashion....all of this in the intimate setting of Barking Legs Theater.

Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm, $10 at the door

Oct11

Head for the Hills w/ Magic Birds

Revelry Room, 41 Station Street, Chattanooga, TN

We are pumped to be headed back to the Revelry Room for another show, this time opening for the Colorado-based post-modern bluegrass outfit Head for the Hills. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 day of show. The doors are at 8pm, and the show starts at 9pm!

Oct11

Music Wednesdays w/ the Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN

We are excited to be playing on Facebook live via the Chattanooga Times Free Press and their Music Wednesdays music series. It will air live on their Facebook page (facebook.com/timesfreepress) at noon Eastern, but it will be available to view afterwards in case you miss the live version.

Oct7

Wine Over Water

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Walnut Street Bridge, 1 Walnut Street, Chattanooga, TN

We are honored to be asked to perform this year at one of Chattanooga's best outdoor events, and we cannot wait for the festivities!

Wine Over Water is Tennessee's premier wine-tasting festival. You can sample wines from over 100 world wineries while you stroll the historic Walnut Street Bridge, enjoying food from local restaurants and music from talented regional musicians.

Learn more about the event on their website: www.wineoverwater.org

Sep30

The Rooftop Hop

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CitiPark Garage, 807 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN

We are returning to The Rooftop Hop and we are very excited to be back! Magic Birds will be performing on the rooftop of the CitiPark Garage.

This is a special downtown Chattanooga event that benefits green|spaces, who promotes sustainable living, working & building in the Chattanooga area, The Rooftop Hop celebrates their accomplishments while showcasing why it is important for us to continue to preserve our natural resources!

Tickets to this year's event include:

  • Access to 5 Exclusive Rooftop Parties
  • All inclusive food, beverages & entertainment!

Also, only 300 tickets will be sold, and the event sold out last year. Visit the event website to find out more about the event and the cause: www.therooftophop.com

Scenic City Showcase

Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga

Scenic City Showcase presents Songwriters in the Round, featuring:

Nathan Bell - www.nathanbellmusic.com

Drakeford - www.drakefordmusic.com

Sweet G.A. Brown - www.sweetgabrown.bandcamp.com

Christopher Gehrke - www.facebook.com/BrokeDownHound

hosted by Magic Birds - www.wearemagicbirds.com

with art on display by Morgan Koch - www.instagram.com/shut_eye_

Scenic City Showcase returns for another installment of the Songwriters in the Round showcase, featuring some of the Chattanooga area's finest songwriters. With a stacked and diverse lineup for Saturday, August 5th, come enjoy all of these artists on stage together, as they take turns telling stories about their songs and performing them live in a stripped-down fashion....all of this in the intimate setting of Barking Legs Theater.

Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm, $10 at the door

Jul15

Nathan Bell CD Release Party

Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga

We are beyond thrilled that we were asked to open up the night at Nathan Bell's CD Release Party! His new album "Love>Fear (48 hours in traitorland)" is out now and this will be his Chattanooga celebration. We'll start things off with a set at 8pm and then get prepared to be entertained by an outstanding singer-songwriter in Mr. Nathan Bell.

Jun16

Magic Birds @ Puckett's Chattanooga

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Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant, 2 W Aquarium Way, Chattanooga, TN

We're taking the stage at Puckett's for the first time, and we couldn't be more excited! Riverbend will be getting ready to wind down, so you will definitely need to take a break, grab some dinner and hang out with us for a while. We hope to see you there...

Visit http://puckettsgro.com/chattanooga/events/ for more information.

Jun7

Magic Birds @ Noon Tunes

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Waterhouse Pavilion @ Miller Plaza, 850 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN

We will be performing as a part of the 2nd annual Noon Tunes concert series in downtown Chattanooga! This is a 3 month summer concert series that happens each Wednesday at noon, and we are so glad that we were asked to join the festivities this year. Grab your lunch at any of the area restaurants around Miller Plaza and come hang out with Magic Birds for an hour on Wed 6/7 at noon!

Visit www.millerplazachattanooga.com/miller-plaza for more information.

Apr29

Magic Birds @ National Cornbread Festival

National Cornbread Festival, 221 S Cedar Ave, South Pittsburg, TN

We are pleased to announce that we will be performing at the 21st annual National Cornbread Festival! We had a blast last year and we cannot wait to get back. We will be playing at the Gazebo stage at 2pm on Saturday 4/29 (that's 1pm Central time).

Scenic City Showcase

Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga

Scenic City Showcase presents Songwriters in the Round

This will be the 4th installment of the Songwriters in the Round showcase, but the 1st one for 2017…and this time we are holding the festivities on a Saturday night! Come out and enjoy some of Chattanooga’s finest songwriters, as they tell stories about their songs and perform them live in a stripped-down fashion. And what better place to witness all of this but in the intimate setting of Barking Legs Theater.

The March 4th lineup includes:

Rick Rushing III - facebook.com/Rick-Rushing-the-Blues-Strangers-116484995072451

Johnny Balik - facebook.com/johnnybalikmusic

Mountain Creek House Fire - facebook.com/Mountain-Creek-House-Fire-392065080948880

Cardon Smith - cdbaby.com/cd/cardonsmith2

hosted by Magic Birds - facebook.com/wearemagicbirds

with art on display by J.W. Butts (mute0n) - mute0n.com - @mute0n

Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm $10 at the door

Scenic City Showcase

Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga

In a continued effort to highlight some of the best musicians in the Chattanooga area, Scenic City Showcase is proud to present their third installment of the Songwriters in the Round series on Thursday, December 1. See some of your favorite Chattanooga artists in a stripped down setting, sharing stories behind some of their songs and performing in the intimate setting of Barking Legs Theater.

Lon Eldridge - Marty & Matt Bohannon - Charles Allison - Courtney Holder

Hosted by Magic Birds

Plus, local art on display by Leah Merigian!

Doors at 7pm - Show at 7:30pm $10 at the Door

Scenic City Showcase

Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga

Scenic City Showcase presents Songwriters in the Round, Chattanooga-Style, featuring

Danimal Pinson - Randy Steele (from Slim Pickins Bluegrass) - Konstantine Vlasis & Drew Streip (from Caney Creek Company) - D.L. Yancey II

Hosted by Magic Birds

After an overwhelming debut of the local singer-songwriters in the round performance from this past June, Scenic City Showcase returns to the intimate setting of Barking Legs on Thursday, September 15. Enjoy some of your favorite Chattanooga artists all on stage at the same time, taking turns talking about some of their original tunes and performing them live in a stripped down, acoustic fashion.

Doors at 7pm, Show at 7:30pm $10 at the door

Aug25

Rhett Miller w/ Magic Birds

Revelry Room, 41 Station Street, Chattanooga, TN

Rhett Miller is a pioneer of alt-country, leading the Old 97's for over 20 years. He is out on tour in support of his 2015 solo album, The Traveler, and we are very excited to be kicking off the night for him! This is also our first show at Revelry Room, so come hang out with us...

Doors at 8pm, show starts at 9pm.

Aug20

An Appalachian Jamboree

McGee's Irish Pub, 116 W Orr St, Anderson, SC

Magic Birds will make their way to Anderson, SC for the first time. We are pumped for this show....this is Scott's hometown and he actually used to play open mic nights here back in college when it was called Corbett McGee's!

This event will be outside and will feature 3 bands. Doors at 7pm, and Magic Birds takes the stage first at 7:30pm. Come out early and hang out with us!

$10 at the door

All American Summer Concert Series

Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Street, Chattanooga, TN

Magic Birds is excited to be added to this year's All American Summer Concert Series at the Hunter Museum of American Art. We will performing at 6pm on the outdoor terrace stage overlooking the Tennessee River.

This is open to all for a special throwback Thursday price of $5 (which also allows you to view their special exhibit “Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students"). There will also be a cash bar available on terrace.

Throwback Thursday generously sponsored by Easy Auto.

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