Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – The Road To Nightfall Starts Now!

Friday, March 1, 2013 - by Bob Payne
Bob Payne
Bob Payne
- photo by J. Susman

The Nightfall concert series is one of Chattanooga’s crown jewels when it comes to music events. Every local band wants to play Nightfall, but to headline a night there – well, that is just too cool. 25 local bands will get their chance to do just that, starting tonight at Rhythm & Brews.

But what about Chattanooga music fans? For just $7, music lovers can see 6 bands perform at their very best, vying for that coveted headliner spot at Nightfall. The event will take place tonight, with another 6 bands tomorrow night, as well as next Friday and Saturday night.  And, in the 4 preliminary rounds, you get to decide who wins! In the final round, judges will decide the winner from finalists you picked.

The schedule will feature a wide variety of music from about every genre. Believe me, there is something for everyone at the Road to Nightfall. The fun starts at 8 p.m. each night, and you get 20 minutes from each of 5 bands.

Here is the schedule –

Friday, March 1

Blues Hammer Band, Bluesfrog & The Georgia Rhythm Crickets, Function, Elk Milk, Summer Dregs, The Maycomb Criers

Saturday, March 2

Rick Rushing & The Blues Strangers, Rigoletto, Stereo Dig, Smooth Dialects, Woodford Sessions, Ryan Oyer Band, Sharkweek

March 8

Paul Hadfield & Tucker Hollow Band, Soul Mechanic, Ashley & The X's, Slim Pickins, Amber Fults & The Ambivalent Lovers, Uncle Lightnin'

March 9

Leon G. & The Numac Band, Birds With Fleas, Jordan Hallquist & The Outfit, Jennifer Hope & The FNGs, Sinner of Attention, Gabriel Newell & Muddy Soul

March 15

Finals featuring four semifinalists from preliminaries

For local music info, try or They both have great local music info and schedules. For local info on Country music, try Jim Boles’ site

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