The Nightfall Concert Series begins its 26th year of great summer musical programming for 18 weeks, starting this Friday, May 2, with a headline show by Forro in the Dark. The opening act is Pack of Wolves. These free shows are held each Friday at Miller Plaza, from May 2 through August 29. As was the case last year, there will be no break during the summer schedule.
Forro in the Dark is a New York-based collective of Brazilian expatriates that formed in 2002. The group combines the musical style of forró (pronounced "faux-HAW"), “the percussion-heavy, rhythmic dance music” of their native Brazil, with elements of rock, folk, jazz, and country. The band made its debut when musician Mauro Refosco invited some friends over for a forró-style jam session at Nublu, a New York nightclub located in the East Village, in celebration of his birthday. The group was such a hit that they started a weekly residency at the club. Their public prominence increased due to their extended residency at Nublu, where they came into contact with prominent New York influence David Byrne (Talking Heads), who helped propel further recognition for the band when they collaborated on Forro in the Dark’s 2006 albumBonfires of São João.
Opening the show at 7 p.m. is Pack of Wolves, a soulful blues and rock n’ roll group made up of nine local, veteran musicians. The live sets grow from subtle to savage as the band tunes in the echoes of authentic American blues, all sparked to life with extraordinary vocals from Tootsie Von Comare.
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, followed by headline performances by national and international talent. Beer, wine, food and non-alcoholic drink concessions are available on site. No outside food or beverages are allowed.
This free series has been made possible for 26 years thanks to our corporate sponsors. Supporters for this year’s series are Shock Top, The Fletcher Bright Company, Kelly Cars, EPB Fiber Optics, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, River City Company, Big River Grille & Brewing Works, ChattanoogaNow, Warehouse Row, Southern Honda Powersports, Track 29, Walden Security, and UTC, with media support from and NPR/Music 88.1 and WTCI.
For more information on this free community concert series, call 265-0771.