The 2014 Nightfall free concert series continues its schedule of summer musical programming Friday at Miller Plaza with a headline show by Houndmouth at 8 p.m. Opening at 7 p.m. will be Eight Knives. Nightfall is hosted each Friday at Miller Plaza through Aug. 29.
This week also represents EPB Fiber Optics Night at Nightfall. Their participation will include providing cornhole games and prizes, and giving away two side-stage seats on their Facebook page. According to a rep at EPB Fiber Optics, “Fans of headliner Houndmouth have good taste in music, so be sure to bring your appetite.”
Review for Houndmouth:
Houndmouth is a collaborative folk/rock band from the lowland plains and farmlands of Indiana and Kentucky. Their poetry emphasizes foolhardiness, and their soulful harmonies carry far. Once a folk duo, Katie Toupin and Matt Myers (of the Saint James Hotel) later joined up with Shane Cody (Riffraff Revival) and Zak Appleby to create a colossal electric sound with bouncy half-time beats, punchy guitar riffs, and a bit of facial hair.
The driven group of musicians quickly built a loyal following based on its fervent live shows, and was soon sharing stages with like-minded bands such as Drive By Truckers and The Lumineers.
In 2013, Rough Trade Records released the band's debut, “From the Hills Below the City,” a hearty collection of ragged country-informed rock and roll. But somewhere in the midst of the album's Band-like harmonies, folk narratives, roots-driven grooves and overall barrelhouse sass sits a little bit of New Albany.
Review for Eight Knives:
Opening the Nightfall show at 7 p.m. is Eight Knives, a relatively new band from Chattanooga who have come on the scene strong this year. Having composed a solid repertoire of original music and taking it to the stages at JJ’s Bohemia and Track 29, the Knives have proven their live gig chops.
Eight Knives have made themselves a back-to-basics hip-shaker of a début and have blown the dust off of bluesy licks and swaggering riffs.
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.
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.