Foxygen Headlines Nightfall This Friday

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Nightfall Concert Series, produced by Chattanooga Presents, continues its 30th season this Friday at Miller Plaza with a headline performance by indie pop band, Foxygen, with Lenox Hills as support.

Review of Foxygen

Foxygen is a band getting a lot of interest lately, both within the music industry and with a growing fan base. It began as the classic rock-leaning experimental pop project of multi-instrumentalists Sam France and Jonathan Rado. The two grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of Westlake Village and started the band in 2005 as 15-year-old high school freshmen. Apart from sharing a love of classic albums from the Ramones to Led Zeppelin, the two bonded over a shared inspiration after watching the rockumentary Dig together. Learning that Anton Newcombe, mastermind behind the Brian Jonestown Massacre and key subject of the film, played up to 75 different instruments on his band's albums inspired the youths to learn as many different instruments as possible themselves. 

Foxygen produced several home-recorded, self-distributed albums during their early days of making music. Their debut album Take the Kids off Broadway was released in summer 2012 on the indie record label Jagjaguwar. Foxygen’s music is the definition of dream pop steeped in that unique brand of 1960’s west-coast creativity—whimsical without trying too hard, vocals with surprising range. The band’s latest release, Hang, features accompaniment from a symphony orchestra and collaborations with members of The Flaming Lips and The Lemon Twigs.  

Opening for Foxygen will be Chattanooga’s own Lenox Hills, previously known as Walrus. The music of Lenox Hills is indie-rock, evident of both 90’s grunge and modern independent pop influences. Lenox Hills consists of Luke Mullin on guitar/vocals, Packy Mullin on guitar, Kyle Swenson on drums, and Kameron Dunn on bass. The group creates dynamic tunes with ultra-tight instrumentals. This band was a finalist in the Road to Nightfall competition this year.

Held each Friday at Miller Plaza through August 25. Nightfall showcases a broad spectrum of musical genres featuring a local band at 7 p.m., followed by a headline show by a national artist at 8 p.m., many of whom are performing for the first time in our city. These shows are free to the public and appropriate for a family audience.

Nightfall bulk discount beer and wine tickets are again be available this year at each show, offering a 20 percent savings on a packet of 20 beer and wine tickets.  Food trucks and non-alcoholic drink concessions are also available on site. No outside food or beverages are allowed to be brought in to Nightfall, therefore coolers are not allowed.

"Since 1988 Nightfall has grown into Chattanooga’s signature summertime program for Chattanooga and the surrounding region. Known for its family-friendly environment as well as being recognized nationally for the quality of its musical programming and locally as 'Best of the Best' for Chattanooga Events, Nightfall is a family-friendly concert series with an average attendance of between 2,500-3,000 each night," officials said. "Nightfall is made possible this year thanks to sponsorships from Shock Top, Fletcher Bright Company, Kelly Subaru, EPB Fiber Optics, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Warehouse Row, Big River Grille, Southern Honda Powersports, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Pure Southern and Chattanooga Whiskey, along with media support from NPR/Music 88.1, and ChattanoogaNow."

For more information on this freencommunity concert series, call 423-265-0771 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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