The Nightfall Concert Series continues its 25th year of summer musical programming Friday with UTC night, featuring a headline performance by Leagues. The local opening act is Moonlight Bride. These free shows are held each Friday at Miller Plaza. Next week will mark the end of the 2013 anniversary season.
Review for Leagues:
Leagues stepped on to the Ryman Auditorium stage for only their tenth show together– the Fray had seen them play recently in Nashville, and asked the band to be their opening act at the legendary venue. Several dates doing the same for Mat Kearney lead Leagues to “become a band in front of a thousand people.”
Nashville’s Leagues (comprising singer Thad Cockrell, guitarist Tyler Burkum and drummer Jeremy Lutito) might not credit one over the other in terms of which could best explain how they, deep into their careers and different paths, were able to drop it all at this very moment to make music they’d never quite played before but never sounded so right. “It had to happen now,” Jeremy says with a seriousness that quickly fades to laughter. “Not a second earlier.” If explaining how they got here is a long story, explaining what they play together certainly is not: simply put, they are songs rooted in joy.
Leagues is infectious. The ten tracks that make up their 2013 debut, “You Belong Here,” encourage both dancing and introspection, while demonstrating the band’s innate individual musicianship and love for the craft of songwriting.
Review for Moonlight Bride:
Nightfall’s opening act, Moonlight Bride, is a noise-pop outfit born in the industrial outskirts of Chattanooga. The band consists of four members: Justin Giles, Matt Livingston, Justin Grasham and Dave Maki. After relentless writing, reinvention, and touring, the band has developed a cult following as well as many critical accolades.
This evening of Nightfall is to celebrate the return of UTC students to classes this fall. As UTC Chancellor Steven Angle states, “Nightfall is a Chattanooga tradition, and UTC is proud to be an important partner. We know that students choose UTC not only because of the top quality educational programs we offer, but also because Chattanooga is a great place to live. Nightfall is one of those happenings that make Chattanooga such a popular place to be.”
Presented and produced by Chattanooga Presents, Nightfall continues to bring an eclectic mix of music to downtown Chattanooga. Nightfall showcases 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.
For more information on this free community concert series, call 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.