Annual Road To Nightfall Kicks Off Friday

Monday, March 5, 2018

The search is on for Chattanooga’s best local act in the 8th annual Road to Nightfall. Over the course of six nights, more than 150 musicians from 30 local bands will compete for more than $10,000 in cash, and the chance to be a headlining act in this year’s Nightfall Concert Series which runs from May 4-Aug. 31 every Friday night at Miller Plaza. Additional prizes include everything from recording studio time, music videos, custom instruments, printing, and cash. 

The Road to Nightfall will be held at the Granfalloon, 400 East Main St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. Audience members will be exposed to new, local bands cultivating Chattanooga’s music market and vote for their favorites via text message to determine the winners of each night. 

This year’s shows will be as follows:

Friday, March 9: Tim Hughes Quartet, Over Easy, Backwater Still, Lenox Hills, IronChief, and the Silver Tongued Devilz

Saturday, March 10: Jordan Hallquist & The Outfit, The Foothills, Dream Collective, Hush Money, Webb Barringer, and Subkonscious

Thursday, March 15: Dirty Blonde, Hive Theory, 3’s Company, Endelouz, Iron Fez, and Dr. B and the Ease

Friday, March 16: Derek Wayne Martin, Danimal Planet, The Afternooners, The Fridge, Ashes Fall, SunSap

Saturday, March 17: The Band Antle, Caney Creek Company, Midnight Promise, Connection27, Kindora, Stagger Moon

The finale competition, the winner getting the headline gig at Nightfall, will be Saturday, March 24, at The Signal.  

Last year, 20,000 text votes were submitted from more than 1,000 fans who wanted to know who is Chattanooga’s most promising local act.  Past winners have used this experience to widen their fan base and further their musical careers. The competition offers a chance for these artists to meet, network and help develop Chattanooga’s music scene.   

Past winners include: Ryan Oyer Band, Function, Amber Fults and the Ambivalent Lovers, Strung Like A Horse, Nick Lutsko, Monday Night Social & WTM Blues Band. 

"Road to Nightfall has opened up so many opportunities for Monday Night Social over the last year- we have been hired for many gigs, met tons of fans and gotten to know a bunch of musicians and music professionals,“ said Janet McGarity of Monday Night Social. 

The Road to Nightfall 2018 is sponsored by Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, SongBirds, SoundCorp’s Take Note, Chattanooga Presents, MetroTone, The Soundry, Dagan Beckett Films, EPB City Stream, The Signal and Wonder Press. 

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