The Nightfall Concert Series, produced by Chattanooga Presents, continues its 30th season Friday at Miller Plaza with a headline performance by Super Doppler (formerly Major and the Monbacks), with Ashley and the X’s as support.
Review for Super Doppler:
Three years ago, Super Doppler bought a used van, booked over 150 shows in nine months, and embarked on their first-ever national tour. There were no labels or booking agents or tour managers at the time, just a bunch of twenty-somethings with an independent streak and a shared love of making music.
Their recent release ‘Moonlight Anthems’ is a raucous blend of soul, roots and rock that tips its cap equally to Levon and Lennon. The album is the debut under the name “Super Doppler,” and it finds them building off the wave of critical success garnered by their eponymous ‘Major and the Monbacks’ 2015 debut. Pop Matters hailed that album’s “propulsive soul energy,” while The Huffington Post described its sound as “Chicago meets the Grateful Dead meets The Band.” The record offered but a taste of Super Doppler’s ecstatic live show, which began to draw sell-out crowds across the region and earned the band a slew of high profile festival slots everywhere from Firefly to Floyd Fest in addition to support dates with Charles Bradley, Os Mutantes, Antibalas and more.
Review for Ashley and the X's:
Opening at 7 p.m. for Super Doppler will be Chattanooga’s own Ashley and the X’s. Having formed in 2009, the band is known for their blues-infused sound rooted in Southern history. However, their wide range of influences range from Tom Waits and Etta James, to metal and doo-wop.
Held each Friday at Miller Plaza from through 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 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.
For more information on this free community concert series, call 265-0771 or visit NightfallChattanooga.com for an interactive website that includes music samples by each headliner, as well as other important information for first-time attendees.