Nightfall Concert Begins 25th Season This Friday With Lee Fields And The Expressions

Monday, April 29, 2013
Lee Fields
Lee Fields

The Nightfall Concert Series begins its 25th year of great summer musical programming for 18 weeks, starting Friday, May 3, with a headline show by Lee Fields & The Expressions. The opening act is Drew Sterchi & Blues Tribe. These free shows are held each Friday at Miller Plaza, from May 3 through August 30.  One major difference this year is that there will be no break during the summer schedule, a first for Nightfall.

There aren't too many artists making soul music today who had a release in 1969, back when R&B was first beginning to “give the drummer some.” Lee Fields, however, is one such artist--or maybe he's better labeled a phenomenon. With a catalogue that ranges from James Brown-style funk to lo-fi blues to contemporary Southern soul to collaborations with French house DJ/producer Martin Solveig, Lee Fields has done it all. Today, with The Expressions--Truth & Soul's house band, Lee Fields continues to evolve, enmeshed into the group's sweeping, string-laden, cinematic soul sound. Their first full-length album together, My World, released in June 2009 on Truth & Soul, was called "one smoking mother of an old-sound soul record" and a "throwback done right" by Pitchfork.

 A native of Tennessee, Drew Sterchi started playing guitar at the age of 14, doing covers of Steppenwolf, Stones, Doors & Kinks. Having opened for acts like Johnny Winter, Bonnie Bramblett, Sea Level & Dr. John, Drew has been honing his unique style of the blues for a while now- a blend of “old school electric & acoustic blues, R & B and some classic rock.”

Presented and produced by Chattanooga Presents, Nightfall continues to bring an eclectic mix of music to downtown Chattanooga. Nightfall will keep its commitment to the local arts community by featuring Chattanooga musicians for each opening act, beginning at 7 p.m., followed by performances by national and international talent beginning at 8 p.m. Beer, wine, food and non-alcoholic drink concessions are available on site. No outside food or beverages are allowed.

One popular promotion returning this year are the presale booklets for discount beverage tickets, good for beer and wine, which are available now on the Nightfall website www.NightfallChattanooga.com. Each booklet contains twenty tickets and will cost $80 (this is a savings of $1 per ticket from the regular ticket price.) The tickets may be picked up in our “Express Line” located in Waterhouse Pavilion. In addition to online sales, the ticket booklets will also be sold at the Nightfall shows through the end of June. These tickets save time and money by allowing ticket holders to avoid the regular ticket lines at Nightfall, and simply get their wristbands with a photo ID at the Express Line.

Corporate sponsors for Nightfall 2013 are Bud Light, Fletcher Bright’s One North Shore, Kelly Subaru of Chattanooga, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, ChattanoogaNow, River City Company, Warehouse Row, Big River Grille & Brewing Works, Southern Honda Powersports, Walden Security, The Sheraton Read House Hotel Chattanooga, and UTC, with media support from Fox 61 and NPR/Music 88.1. ArtsBuild Chattanooga is providing support for the local opening acts each week.

For more information on this free community concert series, call 423 265-0771 or visit NightfallChattanooga.com for a complete, interactive website that includes music samples by each headliner and other important information for first-time attendees.


Cleveland State President Conducts Seminar At Lee University's Celebration 2014

Dr. Bill Seymour, President of Cleveland State Community College, and Gary Farlow, President and CEO of Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, conducted a seminar Friday on The Importance of the Public School Teacher on the Local Community at Lee University’s Celebration 2014, a day commemorating the opening of Lee’s new Communication Arts building. Morning classes were cancelled ... (click for more)

Dalton Little Theatre Holding Auditions For "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown"

Dalton Little Theatre announced auditions for “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Margaret Zeisig will be directing, with vocal direction by Bruce Arledge.  This musical double feature which is based on the beloved Charlie Brown comic strips by Charles Schulz.  The characters are five to six years old; however, the show is cast with ... (click for more)

Man Charged With Killing 3-Year-Old Takes Own Life In County Jail

Justin Dale Bradley died in the Hamilton County jail Saturday morning. Notification was received from the Hamilton County 911 Center at   12:50 a.m. ,   regarding an inmate found unresponsive.   Jail personnel found the male inmate unresponsive in his cell and initiated C.P.R. while notifying Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services. ... (click for more)

Democratic Chairman Roy Herron Announces He Will Not Run For 2nd Term

Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron announced Saturday at a meeting of the Tennessee Democratic Party State Executive Committee that he would not be seeking a second term as party chairman. “I have been blessed to serve as chairman these past two years, and I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all of the executive committee members, party officials, staff members, and friends ... (click for more)

You’re Right With Lamar

One of Tennessee’s favorite sons, Davy Crockett, coined an oft-used phrase:  “Be always sure you’re right, then go ahead.” Being sure is quite important, but may be difficult in this election cycle. The Democratic nominee campaigning against Lamar Alexander is a man whose radio ads call for “change,” “fair” taxes and more jobs.  Sounds good, huh?   ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

Okay … here we go. A number of readers have complained that I haven’t shared any jokes that my friends send to my email address so on a weekend when our Volunteers and Mocs are idle, let’s laugh a little:   I was sitting in a bar one afternoon with an old friend knocking back a few beers when he said, "You know, if we're not careful we'll end up like those two old drunks ... (click for more)