The 2014 Nightfall free concert series continues its schedule of summer musical programming Friday at Miller Plaza with a headline show by Bronze Radio Return at 8 p.m. Opening at 7 p.m. will be The Iscariots. Nightfall is hosted each Friday at Miller Plaza through Aug. 29.
Review for Bronze Radio Return:
Their story starts in Hartford, where members orbited each other at the Hartt School, one of the country’s top music conservatories. After finding each other and solidifying their line-up in 2008, they began writing music and found that their surroundings played a huge part in their creative energies. Their album “Shake! Shake! Shake!” Is drenched in harmony, warmth, and soul, the songs were made to make people come together; sing-alongs, foot stomps, hand claps and all. It was during this time that the band began to get picked up for numerous TV spots and ads including Nissan Leaf and Behr Paint/Home Depot, and the rest is left in the dust of the trail they continue to blaze today.
Bronze Radio Return has the key to what it takes to get to the heart of American roots music, and that’s getting to America’s roots. When it came time for the band to record their latest full-length album “Up, On & Over,” they found themselves in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on a farm in the tiny town of Louisa, Virginia. In their journey as a band, recording in different parts of the United States has opened up their ears and minds. This album flirts with numerous genres, rhythms and instrumentations to deliver an album far more expansive than 2009’s acoustic guitar-heavy, roots-driven “Old Time Speaker”, or even its further reaching sophomore release, 2011’s “Shake! Shake! Shake!” The progression is all the more shocking considering that the group founded itself on the premises of reviving the rock, folk and country music the members grew up listening to and romanticizing.
The band has spent the better part of the last two years playing every corner of the U.S. winning fans over with their packed-with-energy live show, including appearances at well-known festivals such as Bonnaroo 2014 and Hangout Music Festival.
Opening the Nightfall show at 7 p.m. is the Iscariots. The Iscariots are a four-piece reggae band from Chattanooga, specializing in electro-rock reggae with a pop flair.
Review for the Iscariots:
The band is made up by Jesse "Ganja James" Jungkurth (guitar, vocals), Adrian Lajas (bass, vocals), Brett Nolan (keyboards) and Ivan Garcia (drums, vocals). They met while playing with local legends Milele Roots and formed a fast friendship. Years after they had all left Milele to pursue other musical endeavors, they decided to come together to play reggae again-- with a more modern twist. They have played together in several groups for six years and have formed an almost telepathic tightness and an inexhaustible catalogue of covers from which they can pull at a whim.
The Iscariots are currently in the studio working on their full-length debut record, "Act of Treason" which is to debut on Friday.
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.