Nightfall, Chattanooga’s longest-running outdoor summer concert series, will feature Front Country as its headline band on Friday with local opener, Slim Pickins. 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
Review for Front Country:
Headlining this Friday is Front Country, a five-piece string band from San Francisco initially
formed as a bluegrass band in 2011. Now defined more as a progressive RootsPop band, the
ensemble won first place in the RockyGrass Festival Band Competition, and in 2013 they were the winners of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, becoming the third band in history to
win both contests. In 2016, NPR Music named them one of Nine Artists to Watch For at AmericanaFest, In 2017 Front Country released their second full-length album Other Love Songs on Organic Records, debuting at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart. This genre-bending band is anchored by the powerful lead vocals of Melody Walker, who reveals both brutal honestly and vulnerability in her singing and songwriting.
Review for Slim Pickins:
Opening the show at 7 p.m. is the popular local bluegrass band, Slim Pickins This five-piece
bluegrass band has been performing locally and across the southeast with their lively shows. With song selections from New Grass Revival, Doc Watson and David Grisman, Slim Pickins delivers an energy on tage likened to The Ramones. It is this combination that pushed the band into recent awards from FYI for Best Bluegrass Band and Best Live Band. The band features John Boulware, previous TN State Fiddle Champion, leading a group of up and coming “hot shots.”
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