Chatter Summer concert series fires back up

Chatter Summer concert series fires back up

May 1st, 2017 by Scott Bruce in Chatter

Lew Card

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The Nightfall Concert Series is set to welcome NYC-based The Rad Trads on Friday 5/26, as they bring their blend of rock, soul and funk to downtown Chattanooga.

The Nightfall Concert Series is set to welcome...

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Award-winning bluegrass band Balsam Range is performing on Raccoon Mountain at the 27th annual Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival on Friday 5/5.

Award-winning bluegrass band Balsam Range is performing on...

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Summer and all the music it entails will be fully cooking come June, but some of Chattanooga's popular concert series are getting an early start by kicking off in May. Celebrating its 30th season, the Nightfall Concert Series recently announced an impressive lineup for this season, which starts Friday, May 5 with the San Rafael Band. The following Friday, May 12, features Houston, Texas, eight-piece soul band The Suffers, sure to enliven the crowd of music-lovers who overtake Miller Plaza in downtown Chattanooga each Friday night from May to August.

Back by popular demand, Noon Tunes is also returning to downtown this month. This concert series started last year, providing lunchtime entertainment at Waterhouse Pavilion each Wednesday, in walking distance to a lot of restaurants, and with plenty of covered seating for visitors' listening pleasure. Featuring some of Chattanooga's finest talent, the concert series starts with a bang this year with Lew Card on May 3. After spending years in Austin, Texas, the "Live Music Capital of the World," Card recently returned to his home in Chattanooga with three albums under his belt and a bit of grit and attitude the Chattanooga music scene needs. His brand of alt-country mixes in elements of honky-tonk and folk-rock, with a rowdy and truthful tone that makes no apologies.

It wasn't that long ago when artists sometimes departed Chattanooga to make more of their music career. As the local scene continues to improve, other artists just like Card have returned home to welcome arms — and to add even more spark to Scenic City stages. Chattanooga is still a long ways away from what Card left in Austin, but it is on the right path, and concert series like Nightfall and Noon Tunes only bolster the effort, bringing the love of live music to a city that is craving it.

New Music Playlist:

Genre-crossing tunes we recommend you add to your music library

Gone Back Home | Lew Card

Abandoned Mansion | Dr. Dog

Bright Side | Ryan Montbleau

Sun Don't Shine | Drive-By Truckers

She Won't Go Away | Faye Webster

Broken Halos | Chris Stapleton

Trouble | The New Respects

The Girl From The Highlands | Balsam Range

Third of May/Odaigahara | Fleet Foxes

Grown | Los Angeles Police Department

Sometimes | Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

Take It As It Comes | J. Roddy Walston and the Business

Bambi | Jidenna

Patchwork | Perry Brown

Glow Sustain | Lully

Since You Been Gone | The Rad Trads

J. Roddy Walston and the Business is a Baltimore-based rock 'n' roll band by way of Cleveland, Tenn., so it's always a big homecoming when they return to Chattanooga. Join the reunion at the Revelry Room on Saturday 5/13.

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Carrying the torch for alt-country for some time now, the Drive-By Truckers are returning to Track 29's stage on Thursday 5/4.

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