Over the course of six nights, 30 local bands will showcase their unique talents as they compete for cash prizes during the annual Road to Nightfall, a search for Chattanooga's 2019 most promising local band. The five premlimiary nights will be Feb. 22, 23, 28 and March 1 and 2 at The Granfalloon, 400 E. Main St. The finals will take place at Songbirds South on March 9. Each night doors will open at 8 p.m. to all ages with a cover charge of $10. These are all-age shows.
Bands will have 15 minutes to play, and all songs must be original. Then audience members will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite bands via text message to determine the winner of each night. The nightly winners will receive $500. At the finale, the six winners of the previous nights will then compete in front of a panel of professionals in the music industry who will choose the overall winner, who receives a headlining spot at Nightfall on June 21 and $1,500. The second place winner will receive a prize of $500, and guaranteed a spot, along with the other finalists, as an opening act on one of the 17 nights of the Nightfall concert series held at Miller Plaza and Park beginning Friday, May 3.
This competition provides the opportunity to showcase and promote Chattanooga’s already booming music scene and to expose the Chattanooga music market to new local bands they may never have heard before. Furthermore, this offers a chance for these artists to network, and help grow Chattanooga’s music scene.
Last year over 130 musicians from 30 local bands competed for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. Prizes included everything from recording studio time to poster printing. Over 20,000 text votes were submitted from more than 1,500 fans who wanted to help name Chattanooga’s most promising local act.
Past winners have used this experience to widen their fan base and further their musical careers. past winners include: Nick Lutsko, Ryan Oyer Band, Function, Amber Fults and the Ambivalent Lovers, Wtm Blues Band, and Strung Like a Horse.
This years’ band lineups are as follows:
Friday, Feb 22 – Lew Card, Oweda, No Thank You John, Glass Caps, Good Grief and Pluto’s Advantage
Saturday, Feb 23 – Fresh Mind, Sleazy Sleazy, Aaron Carney Band, Westfall, The Trinity, Webb Barringer
Thursday, Feb 28 – SunSap, Iron Chief, , Emerald Butler, 3’s Company, Silver Tongued Devils and Midnight Promise
Friday, March 1 – Playin Possum Blues Band, The Fridge, Subkonscious, Slicksilver, The Stephen Busie Band and Sideways
Saturday, March 2 – Backwater Still, Hush Money, Better Thieves, Dr. B & the Ease, Josh Driver Band and Caleb and the Gents
The Road to Nightfall 2019 is sponsored by Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, SongBirds Foundation, SoundCorp’s Take Note, Chattanooga Presents, MetroTone, The Soundry, Dagan Beckett Films, Songbirds South, and Wonder Press.
For more information visit www.gigcityproductions.com.