The Nightfall Concert Series, produced by Chattanooga Presents, continues its 30th season Friday at Miller Plaza with a headline performance by Australian band, JAKÜBI, with Trent Williams & the Menagerie to open.
Review for JAKÜBI:
There’s always a party happening somewhere, and JAKÜBI provides the perfect soundtrack. That’s why the Melbourne, Australia quintet—brothers Jerome [vocals, keys, talkbox] and Jacob Farah [bass, moog], cousins Jesse Rehaut [drums, guitar] and Adam Kane [guitar, keys] and longtime friend Rob Amoruso [guitar, keys, drums]—immediately attracted a growing audience with their swinging, slick and sizzling sonic buffet of pop, R&B, hip-hop, rock and soul since first emerging in 2012.
Their 2015 track “Couch Potato” racked up over 500,000 YouTube/VEVO views and has gained them over 10k monthly listeners on Spotify. Last year brought JAKÜBI to Los Angeles to record what would become their debut EP, 61 Barkly. The band has collaborated with everybody from GRAMMY Award winning producer Eric Hudson [Kanye West, John Legend, Dr. Dre] and Harmony Samuels [Ne-Yo, Chris Brown] to Royal-Z [Fifth Harmony] and FRESHM3N III [Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears]. JAKÜBI is perfect for your chill funk playlist, but live performances are what they do best.
Review for Trent Williams & the Menagerie:
Opening for the JAKÜBI will be the Chattanooga-based Trent Williams & the Menagerie. Trent Williams is a Florida native, raised by a family of vocalists and musicians. He currently serves as the minister of music at New Monumental Baptist Church. Williams exhibits talent across the musical spectrum—classical and choral vocals, jazz piano, songwriter, actor, and choir director. Trent recorded his first live album “Vertical” in 2013 and has been sought out for his unique songwriting ability having garnered over seven album placements in one year. His band, The Menagerie, offers jazzy, soulful complements to Trent’s powerful voice.
Held each Friday at Miller Plaza through Aug. 25 (with the exception of June 9 and 16 during Riverbend), 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.