published Friday, August 26th, 2011

Nightfall welcomes UTC students

IF YOU GO

What: Locos por Juana at Nightfall.

When: 8 tonight. Prophets & Kings opens at 7 p.m.

Where: Miller Plaza, corner of M.L. King Blvd., Market and Cherry streets.

Admission: Free.

Phone: 265-0771.

Website: www.nightfallchattanooga.com.


THE OPENER

Prophets & Kings is a Chattanooga-based electro/experimental/indie band. The four musicians -- Stratton Tingle, Jon-Michael Brown, Travis Ringstaff and Eric Lisica -- have garnered comparisons to Crystal Castles, Depeche Mode and Animal Collective but cite French legend Johnny Hallyday as their sole influence. Find out more at www.prophetsandkings.net.

Tonight, Nightfall will welcome the Chattanooga community as always but will provide a special welcome to the students of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"It's a welcome-back opportunity to get together with other students and gather at Nightfall," said Carla Pritchard of Chattanooga Presents. "Kind of a welcome-back-to-school party for them, including the rest of the community, of course."

Chuck Cantrell, assistant vice chancellor at UTC, said the school will be represented at Nightfall via the Mocs Express train and university giveaways.

Part of the intention of UTC Night, he said, is to welcome new students not just to the school but to the community as a whole.

"For us, we really recruit students from out of town not just to UTC but to Chattanooga," he said. "They'll be studying here, but they'll be living in the city, so we're very appreciative that the city is so welcoming to our students. This is an introduction event to our students."

The students also participated in the planning phases. A small committee was selected to help Chattanooga Presents choose a musical guest for the night, Locos por Juana.

The Miami-based band fuses Latin styles, including cumbia, champeta and vallenato, and blends them with a Caribbean influence.

According to the band's online biography, its musical style is influenced by the heritage of the five band members. Singer Itagui Correa and drummer Javier Delgado are Colombian-born, while guitarist Mark Kondrat is a Miami native of Colombian ancestry. Meanwhile, horn players Jose Gonzalez and Lasim Richards, of Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, respectively, add "that island swing," Kondrat said.

"We loved including Latin rock into the season," said Pritchard of previous Nightfalls. "We feel like typically the more variety the better. We've had great response in seasons past when we've featured a band of that genre."

Cantrell said the student committee was actively involved in the selection, spending time listening to bands online and putting forth suggestions and recommendations.

"This is what they thought their peers would be interested in," he said.

The selection was pretty wide open, she said, and the decision was driven by the students.

"It really came directly from the university. Not only the style of music but specifically the band. ... [We] were able to lock in exactly what they suggested."

Nothing had been confirmed at press time but Pritchard said the hope was for UTC to provide an additional performance presence, either its marching band or a student step-dance troupe.

about Holly Leber ...

Holly Leber is a reporter and columnist for the Life section. She has worked at the Times Free Press since March 2008. Holly covers “everything but the kitchen sink" when it comes to features: the arts, young adults, classical music, art, fitness, home, gardening and food. She writes the popular and sometimes-controversial column Love and Other Indoor Sports. Holly calls both New York City and Saratoga Springs, NY home. She earned a bachelor of arts ...

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