The Nightfall Concert Series, produced by Chattanooga Presents, continues its 30th season Friday at Miller Plaza with a headline performance by the Mulligan Brothers, with Mountain Cove as opener.
Review for the Mulligan Brothers:
The Mulligan Brothers are not really brothers, but this Mobile, Ala.-based alt country, folk and blues band is seen as Mobile’s most promising up-and-coming band. They meld bittersweet lyrics with comforting Americana/folk melodies, armed with a violin, acoustic guitar, drums and an upright bass fashioned from two old suitcases. All the electronics for the suitcase bass came from recycled parts recycled from old smoke alarms. Wired backwards, the alarm component that makes the loud "beep" noise becomes a microphone, which they use as the pickup to amplify bass strings' vibrations.
The Mulligan Brothers gently weave heartfelt tales of love and loss into a complex yet comforting quilt of bluegrass instrumentals, the combination of which will leave you nostalgic for something (or someone) that you can’t quite put your finger on.
Review for Mountain Cove:
Opening at 7 p.m. for the Mulligan Brothers will be Chattanooga’s own Mountain Cove. Playing together since 2008 when they formed the band in high school, they have gained an amazing and unique sound paying respect to traditional as well as modern bluegrass. Their unique sound can be attributed to their uncommon enthusiasm and the addition of a harmonica, not common to most bluegrass bands. Mountain Cove has won the national band competition at the Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree in 2014 and 2015. They have also been featured in Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Their first two albums, “New Generation” and “Back Home” quickly sold out. They currently have released their third album entitled “Mountain Cove III.”
Held each Friday at Miller Plaza from May 5-Aug. 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 Chattanooga. 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.
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.
For more information on this free community concert 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.