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published on 05/25/2010

NIGHTFALL CONCERT SERIES STARTS THIS FRIDAY

By Contributed Article

The Nightfall Concert Series begins its 23rd season of great summer musical programming for 16 weeks, starting this Friday, May 28, with a headline show by Big Samís Funky Nation. The opening act is The Micks. These FREE shows are held each Friday on the BlueCross Stage at Miller Plaza, from May 28 through September 24.

Presented by the River City Company, and produced by Chattanooga Presents, Nightfall continues to bring an eclectic mix of rock, blues, jazz, world music, funk, bluegrass and folk music to Downtown Chattanooga. Nightfall will keep its commitment to the local arts community by featuring Chattanooga musicians for each opening act, beginning at 7 PM, followed by performances by national and international talent beginning at 8 PM. Beer, wine, food and non-alcoholic drink concessions are available on site. No outside food or beverages are allowed.

For the past several years, Big Sam has been a driving force of urban funk. The band is led by trombone powerhouse Big Sam Williams, formerly of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls ďthe top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.Ē The distinct honor of Best Funk Group of 2008 was awarded to Big Samís Funk Nation at the 2009 Big Easy Music Awards.

Following is the entire 2010 Nightfall schedule:

May 28 Big Sam's Funky Nation (opening act The Micks)

June 4 Josh Charles (opening act Power Players Band)

June 25 Farewell Drifters (opening act Barefoot Nellie)

July 2 Grupo Fantasmo (opening act Concerning Lions)

July 9 Raul Midon (opening act Butch Ross)

July 16 Bottle Rockets (opening act Bohannons)

July 23 Moreland & Arbuckle (opening act Roughwork)

July 30 Plants and Animals (opening act Ramble Horse)

Aug. 6 Hot Club of Cowtown (opening act Gerle Haggard)

Aug. 13 Black 47 (opening act Id and the Superegos)

Aug. 20 Civil Twilight (opening act Moonlight Bride)

Aug. 27 Warren Hood (opening act Third Lobby)

Sept. 3 Carolina Chocolate Drops (opening act New Binkley Brothers)

Sept. 10 Katie Herzig (opening act Noah Collins)

Sept. 17 Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion (opening act Amber Fults)

Sept. 24 The Lost Fingers (opening act Dismembered Tennesseans)

Corporate sponsors for this yearís series are Fletcher Bright Company, Kelly Auto Group, Bud Light, BlueCross BlueShield, Warehouse Row, Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Co, Walden Security, Chattanooga Choo Choo, The Pulse, Fox 61 and NPR/Music 88.

For more information on this FREE community concert series, call 423.265.0771 or visit NightfallChattanooga.com for a new, interactive website that includes music samples by each headliner, as well as a question of the week and other important information for first-time attendees (website to be functioning by later this evening).

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