is a fusion of Jazz and Uptown Soul featuring the smooth and sultry vocals of Karen Collins serenading guests over great food and libations in an elegant and relaxed atmosphere! The event will also feature Dexter Bell and Friends and other surprise musical guests and entertainers!

Tickets are available for purchase on Eventbrite and in person at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center!!! Seating is limited!!! Shows sell out fast so get your tickets now!

A cover of Etta James.....

Just a girl and her mic!

The Velvet Chair is more than just a show, it's an experience. The musicianship of Dexter Bell and friends combined with the powerhouse vocals of Karen Collins is sure to bring you a night you will never forget! The Velvet Chair Experience is a unique fusion of jazz and soul where guests are invited to sit and be serenaded with the songs that are the soundtracks of their lives from Etta James to Sade, Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway and more...


The Vision for the Velvet Chair Experience came out of a desire to create an intimate yet shared space where music lovers can have a personalized musical experience while socializing over great food and great music in an elegant atmosphere.


Karen’s musical roots run deep, all the way back to her great-grandmother, Hattie Bell, who was a shape note singer who lived in Rome, Georgia. This all but lost, musical style was considered to be the defining style that influenced African American spirituals.

Karen’s gift of song was a melodic musical legacy that she discovered very early on as she performed the Battle Hymn of the Republic for her kindergarten graduation, which was a very mature song for someone at such a tender age.


The Velvet Chair Experience


The Bessie Smith Cultural Center

200 E. MLK Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37403


February 25th, 2024 and every 4th Sunday until October 27th, 2024

6pm - 9:30pm

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