The 2014 Nightfall Concert Series continues its schedule of summer musical programming Friday with a headline show by Roadkill Ghost Choir. The opening act is Paul Hadfield and the McCoys. These free shows are held each Friday at Miller Plaza, through Aug. 29.
Review for Roadkill Ghost Choir:
Emerging fully-formed from the desolate heart of Central Florida, Roadkill Ghost Choir makes unsettling, powerful American rock (think Tom Petty by way of Radiohead and Cormac McCarthy). Set against Kiffy Meyer’s ghostly steel pedal, singer and main songwriter Andrew Shepard triumphantly conjure an allegorical American landscape of drifters, specters and violent saints. Andrew’s brothers Maxx (drums) and Zach (bass) Shepard round out the rhythm section and Stephen Garza handles lead guitar.
Roadkill Ghost Choir released their debut EP ‘Quiet Light’ in 2013 in the midst of a touring run that saw them opening for Band of Horses and festival slots at New York’s Governor’s Ball, Austin City Limits and Shaky Knees in Atlanta. In January 2014 the band made their premier on the David Letterman Show. The band will be touring this summer in support of their debut full-length album “27 Ways,” including stops at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.
Opening the Nightfall show at 7 p.m. is Paul Hadfield and The McCoys. Paul has been writing songs for over a decade, performing mostly solo. Over the years, he formed and played in a couple of different bands, experimenting with styles and influences, but always returns to the sound he loves best - the American sound - defined by big guitars, banging drums and screaming fiddles, rooted in country, rock and blues.
Presented and produced by Chattanooga Presents, Nightfall brings an eclectic mix of music to downtown Chattanooga. Nightfall showcases Chattanooga’s local arts community by featuring Chattanooga musicians for each opening act, followed by headline performances by national and international talent. Food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink concessions are available on site. No outside food or beverages are allowed.
One promotion available again this year is the sale of discount ticket booklets, good for beer and wine. Each booklet contains 20 tickets and costs $80 (this is a 20 percent savings off the regular ticket price.) The ticket booklets will 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.
Nightfall has been made possible for 27 years thanks to 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 or visit NightfallChattanooga.com for a complete, interactive website that includes music samples by each headliner, as well as other information for first-time attendees.