Road to Nightfall, which offers the opportunity for one local band to play in front of thousands of people as a headliner at Nightfall, returns for its fourth year at Rhythm & Brews on March 7, 8, 14, 15 with the final competition to be held on March 21. The winning band will be paid $1,000 to headline one of the 18 shows as part of the Nightfall Concert Series, which begins its season on May 2 and continues through Aug. 29 on Friday nights at Miller Plaza.
Road to Nightfall includes a series of five live shows held at Rhythm & Brews, during which a variety of local bands will play a three-to-four song set to compete for this unique opportunity. Each night will have a $7 cover and will be open to ages 18 and up. Up to six bands will compete each evening, with the winner for each of the four nights being chosen by a popular vote from attendees. These four top bands will then compete on the fifth final night in front of a panel of professionals in the music industry who will judge the overall winner to perform as a headliner at Nightfall. In addition, the other three bands that compete in the final round will be guaranteed a spot in the Nightfall series as an opening band on one of the evenings.
This competition provides the opportunity to showcase and promote Chattanooga’s already burgeoning music scene and to expose the Chattanooga market to new local bands they may never have heard before. Furthermore, this offers a great chance for these artists themselves to meet, network and help grow Chattanooga’s already burgeoning music scene, said officials.
Artists have until Wednesday, Feb. 5, to submit their material for consideration in the competition. To submit, artists need to email a link to their EPK, MySpace or website where their group can be seen and heard to firstname.lastname@example.org. Final selections for the four-night competition will be announced on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Bands must be comprised of at least three members and be capable of performing a 90-minute set as a Nightfall headliner to be eligible.