The Nightfall Concert Series, produced by Chattanooga Presents, continues its 31st season of free Friday night concerts Friday at Miller Plaza with a headline performance by Amythyst Kiah. The local opener will be Matt Downer & the Old Time Travelers.
Review for Amythyst Kiah:
Amythyst Kiah, headlining at 8 p.m., is a Southern Gothic songster who attended Chattanooga High School Center for the Creative Arts and graduated in 2005 with her studies concentrating on creative writing. She attended UT Chattanooga, majoring in English and Literature and later transferred to East Tennessee State where she got her degree in Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies in May of 2012.
Amythyst’s career is off to a wonderful start after recording a new album with Dirk Powell and touring with Riannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) last year.
Review fro Matt Downer & the Old Time Travelers:
Local band Matt Downer & the Old Time Travelers will open at 7 p.m. Matt performs traditional old time music on fiddle, banjo and guitar. From Sand Mountain, Matt learned to play from his grandfather and the elder musicians in the area and he and the Old Time Travelers are keeping the traditions alive with their innovative and stirring music.
Food trucks and non-alcoholic drink concessions are available at Nightfall. No outside food or beverages are allowed to be brought in to Nightfall, therefore coolers are not allowed.
Nightfall, recently named as “Downtown Chattanooga’s Favorite Event” in a survey by River City Company, has been the community’s signature summertime program for the past 30 years. Known for its family-friendly environment as well as being recognized nationally for the quality of its musical programming, Nightfall has an average attendance of between 2,500-3,000 each night. Each Friday through Aug. 31, Nightfall will showcase 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.
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 information for first-time attendees.