Ester Rada Plays At Nightfall Friday

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Ester Rada
Ester Rada

The 2014 Nightfall free Concert Series continues its schedule of summer musical programming Friday at Miller Plaza with a headline show by Ester Rada at 8 p.m. Opening at 7 p.m. will be TheCreativeUnderground. Nightfall is hosted each Friday at Miller Plaza through Aug. 29.

Review for Ester Rada:

Ester Rada’s cross-cultural sound is a deep reflection of the Israeli-born Ethiopian’s heritage. Growing up in a religious Jewish family in more than modest conditions in Israel, gave Rada the drive to change her way of life and fulfill her dream of creating music. 

Critics describe her genre-mixing sound as "gracefully combining Ethio-Jazz, Urban-funk, Neo-Soul and R&B, with mixed undertones of black grooves." 

Ester just released her debut album, after releasing her acclaimed first self-composed solo EP called "Life Happens," produced by Israeli producers Kuti (Kutiman/Thru-You) and Sabbo (Soulico), at the beginning of 2013. The album features songs in English and Amharic. Shortly after releasing her EP the world discovered the potential of singer, songwriter, performer, and persona Ester Rada. Her increasing popularity saw her tour the US, Canada, and Europe, and appear recently at England’s highly respected Glastonbury Festival. 

With strong influences from 20th century soul power women such as Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin, as well as a great appreciation for more contemporary divas like Eryka Badu, Lauryn Hill, and Jill Scott, Rada is bringing a new voice to soul that is spreading worldwide. 

Review for TheCreativeUnderground:

Opening the Nightfall show at 7 p.m. is TheCreativeUnderground which was established to increase awareness and visibility of culturally artistic expressions in the East Tennessee region. TCU is a multicultural group of participants from many backgrounds and artistic disciplines, steadfast working toward a powerful experience in the realm of Community Arts that is intellectually, physically, and emotionally stimulating. The East Tennessee region is made up of many diverse and underrepresented communities, each with its own story and identity. TCU aims to provide a voice for established and promising talent from those communities by promoting and encouraging inclusion.

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 made 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 get their wristbands with a photo ID.

For more information on the Nightfall 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.


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