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.
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