The Nightfall Concert Series continues its 26th year of summer musical programming for 18 weeks, Friday with a headline show by Packway Handle Band. The opening act is Dismembered Tennesseans. These free shows are held each Friday at Miller Plaza, through Aug. 29.
Review for Packway Handle Band:
The Packway Handle Band’s sound is steeped in old-fashioned bluegrass, but they hold a niche in the American music realm that’s all their own. Clever songwriting, an eccentric mixture of modern folk music, dark themes, old-time religion, affectionate satire of Bluegrass, and devotion to apocalyptic infotainment leave the listener to decide what exactly a Packway Handle is.
The five members of Packway have wowed audiences for over a decade with near perfect four-part harmonies and seemingly boundless on-stage synergy. Their performance is focused around a tight cluster of microphones surrounded by an arsenal of acoustic and electric instruments: banjo, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, upright and electric bass, and an ever-changing array of percussive accessories, sometimes called “The Rattletrap.”
Review for Dismembered Tennesseans:
Opening the show at 7 p.m. is Dismembered Tennesseans, a Chattanooga bluegrass favorite for almost 70 years. It was back in 1945 that a group of McCallie students got together and began singing and playing their way through school with their traditional brand of bluegrass music. The group has appeared on stage with many of the top bluegrass music stars and have played alongside many other performing groups including the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and the Chattanooga Boys Choir and the Chattanooga Ballet. They have also appeared on a segment of ABC-TV's Peter Jennings Nightly News and were featured on the NBC Sunday Today Show.
Presented and produced by Chattanooga Presents, Nightfall continues to bring 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 will cost $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.
Nightfall has been made possible for 26 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.