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.