New Ragtime Music Friday At Nightfall

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Nightfall, Chattanooga’s longest-running outdoor summer concert series, will feature Blair Crimmins & the Hookers as its headline performer on Friday, with local opener, Sing Akadamie. The Nightfall Concert Series is held free each Friday for 17 weeks at Miller Plaza and Miller Park. 

With the addition of the renovated Miller Park in its footprint, Nightfall now includes activities such as outdoor lawn games, inflatable soccer goals from Chattanooga Football Club, plus art vendors in the new grassy lawn. Artist registration is still available for booth space throughout the season at http://www.nightfallchattanooga.com/nightfall-registration-form.

Review for Blair Crimmins:

Headlining Friday is Blair Crimmins, a dynamic performer determined to bring Ragtime and 1920’s style Dixieland jazz to new audiences. Crimmins and his band The Hookers has a sound that is at once modern, while being deeply rooted in the past. He has opened for such acts as Mumford and Sons and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. A multi-instrumentalist and music academic, Crimmins writes songs and arrangements for a classic New Orleans style horn section consisting of trumpet, clarinet and trombone. 

His debut 2010 release “The Musical Stylings Of “ became a college radio sensation on WRAS Atlanta, making him the most requested band on the air. In 2012, Crimmins showed his musical diversity by writing and recording the full score for the independent short film “Old Man Cabbage.” The following year, Crimmins was the critics’ pick for Best Songwriter of 2013 in Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL issue. His last album, “Sing-a-longs!” went to #21 on the EuroAmerican radio charts and earned him a nomination at the Georgia Music Awards for Best Jazz Artist.

Review for Sing Akadamie:

Opening the show at 7 p.m. is the choral group, Sing Akadamie. Sing Akadamie provides once-in-a-lifetime performing opportunities for youth. Based out of Chattanooga, this non profit organization, under the direction of music producer, Sheri Thrower, has paved the way for youth to open for recording artists, connect to Hollywood casting directors, record in Nashville and more. Her groups have been featured at Radio City Music Hall, America’s Got Talent, featured in Hollywood film productions and others. For the Nightfall performance, Sing Akadamie is proud to introduce “The Rock N Roll Chorus”, under the direction of Joe Cantaffa. The choir was recently featured on “Good Morning America” and is on their summer tour from New Jersey. Their show stopping a Capella sounds are capturing the attention of audiences across America.

Food trucks and non-alcoholic drink concessions are available each week at Nightfall; therefore no outside food or beverages are allowed to be brought in to Nightfall. Known for its family-friendly environment as well as being recognized nationally for the quality of its musical programming, Nightfall is a family-friendly concert series with an average attendance of between 2,500-3,000 each night.

Nightfall is produced by Chattanooga Presents. For more information on this free community concert series, call 265-0771 or visit NightfallChattanooga.com



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