The final concert of the free 2014 Nightfall concert series will showcase headliner Gabe Dixon and his band at 8 p.m. Friday at Miller Plaza. Opening at 7 p.m. will be local band, Stereo Dig.
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Following in the footsteps of such late-'90s, non-guitar bands as Ben Folds Five, the music of the more serious and jazzy Gabe Dixon Band is based on piano (Gabe Dixon, who also sings), bass (Winston Harrison), drums (Jano Rix), and saxophone (Chandler Webber). Formed in the fall of 1998 at the University of Miami's School of Music, the quartet started out playing at the campus' coffeehouse. By playing the southeast steadily, the Gabe Dixon Band made a major admirer out of legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer, who agreed to produce the band's independently released debut album, More Than It Would Seem, in 1999. After their graduation, the band relocated to New York City.
Dixon respectfully declined the keyboard position on the Paul McCartney world tour to instead focus on production of the band's major label debut, On A Rolling Ball, which was released in 2002. Their song "All Will Be Well" from the 2005 EP Live at World Cafe rose to moderate prominence when it was used in promos for the NBC show “Conviction.” The band released their debut album for Fantasy Records, The Gabe Dixon Band, in August 2008. The song "Find My Way" was the opening track to the film “The Proposal” (2009) starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. In 2011, the song "All Will Be Well" was also featured in the television show “Parks and Recreation.” Gabe's solo album, One Spark, was released on Aug. 23, 2011.
Gabe Dixon is also currently a member of the band Supertramp (as of Fall, 2010).
Local band Stereo Dig will open the Nightfall show at 7 p.m. Stereo Dig is the brainchild of high school friends Adam Lawing and Jon Kirkendoll, who decided to form a band that would allow them to explore their interests in both indie rock and electronic music. After writing a handful of original songs, the duo recruited drum instructor and Chattanooga native Zach Turner (who also moonlights as a member of Chattanooga street performers “The Funkabuckets”) and MTSU Recording Industry program alum Sean Weldon to round out the group on bass. Sean has since been replaced by long-time Chattanooga musician, Eric Parham.
Stereo Dig has concentrated on honing their skills as live performers, cutting their teeth at local venues such as JJ’s Bohemia, the Honest Pint and Rhythm & Brews, all the while continuing to develop original material. With plans in the works to continue growing their local fan base, expansion into other regional markets (such as Nashville, Atlanta and Knoxville) and to eventually venture into the studio to record their first full-length album, 2014 is shaping up to be a big year in the world of Stereo Dig, said officials.
Presented and produced by Chattanooga Presents, Nightfall brings an eclectic mix of music to downtown Chattanooga. Nightfall showcases Chattanooga’s arts community by featuring local 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.
Nightfall is hosted each Friday at Miller Plaza. This week’s show on Friday will be the final night of the 2014 season.
For more information on Nightfall, call 265-0771 or visit NightfallChattanooga.com.