Lydia Loveless Plays At Nightfall Concert Series Friday

Monday, June 9, 2014
Lydia Loveless
Lydia Loveless

The 2014 Nightfall free concert series continues its schedule of summer musical programming Friday at Miller Plaza with a headline show by Lydia Loveless at 8 p.m. Opening at 7 p.m. will be Tiffany Taylor. Nightfall is hosted each Friday at Miller Plaza through Aug. 29. 

Review for Lydia Loveless:
Ms. Loveless hails from Columbus, Ohio, and she's so far the most visible member of a very musical family. Blessed with a commanding voice, the 23-year-old was raised on a family farm in Coshocton, Ohio—a small town with nothing to do but make music. With a dad who owned a country music bar, Loveless often woke up with a house full of touring musicians scattered on couches and floors. 

After a slick debut and a more countrified follow-up on Bloodshot Records she has made her name in music. Over the course of three studio albums, Loveless’s music has evolved from a more classic country aesthetic with banjos, fiddles, and pedal steel, to grittier, more muscular offerings fleshed out with electric guitar and keyboard.

Though her songwriting is based in country, Loveless tweaks the forms and formulas of the genre with a hazy belligerence that is, more often than not, directed at her own image of herself. Her third album, Somewhere Else, was released this past February and offers a raw combination of being bleak yet maintaining sensationalism. Somewhere Else makes such boldness a virtue with creative expression that draws you in to hear the story. 

Loveless is living life to the fullest not fearing the tragedies of life and love. She doesn’t expect approval and doesn’t accept judgment on herself from others. Loveless perhaps suspects her audience of scolding her love life, but she doesn’t need your concern, just your ears. 

Review for Tiffany Taylor:

Opening the Nightfall show at 7 p.m. is Tiffany Taylor. Taylor uses her lyrical story writing and acoustics to bring you back to serenity. Reminiscent of a female James Taylor, Tiffany pushes the audience to reflect on the hard lives they lead. Tiffany’s raw sound of acoustic guitar and small band has a perfect blend of poetic homegrown lyrics and country music that are the heart and soul of Tennessee. Taylor has a classic sound with pensive lyrics that relax your soul, rock your heart and spin your mind. Chattanooga is lucky to claim such a talent.

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 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, Bryan College and UTC, with media support from and NPR/Music 88.1 and WTCI.

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 important information for first-time attendees.



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