Off the Couch: Nightfall goes big with before and after parties

Off the Couch: Nightfall goes big with before and after parties

May 30th, 2016 by Barry Courter and Lisa Denton in Life Entertainment

After headlining Friday's Nightfall concert, Nick Lutsko will lead a parade down Market Street for an after-party at Revelry Room.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Lisa Denton and Barry Courter

Lisa Denton and Barry Courter

Photo by Staff File Photo /Times Free Press.

Women stepping off couch

Women stepping off couch

Photo by Creatas

LISA DENTON: Barry, I know this is last minute and a day-trip to boot, but I have discovered that today is the last day for the Tennessee Medieval Faire in Harriman.

There'll be minstrels and dancers, an acrobatic act called Topsy Turvy, a Fire Whip Sword Show, Ye Olde Comedy Improvisational Troupe and The Royal Joust. With knights! On steeds!

Now some of that I can get any weekend at home, but it would be nice to see others taking the lead.

BARRY COURTER: I thought you had to nix the fire part of your weekends after that whole thing with your eyebrows. Or was it the jousting because the neighbors complained? Steeds can be messy.

In any case, you could be describing the show Nick Lutsko and the Gimmix have planned for Friday at Nightfall. I had lunch with Nick last week, and the Road to Nightfall winner has something special planned for after the show. There will be a parade from Miller Plaza to Revelry Room at the Choo Choo, and he's lined up fire breathers, drummers, trapeze artists and more.

LISA: Sounds like my kind of crowd.

And what a fun way to kick off the after-party. That's also the first Friday of the month, which means Bessie Smith Cultural Center will have its Rock the Block party before Nightfall. Neshawn Calloway will kick things off at 5 p.m., then the 6th Street Band will perform at 6 p.m., leading up to Nightfall's opening act, High Meadows Communion, at 7. That's a festive evening.

Of course, Friday is also the night Sister Hazel is at Memorial Auditorium for the annual firefighter concert benefiting the Chattanooga & Cleveland Professional Firefighters Association. They've had hits with "All for You" and "Change Your Mind," and their music blends Southern rock, classic rock and folk rock, but my favorite description of Sister Hazel called them a jangle pop band. "Jangle" — that's a good word.

BARRY: That is a good word. You know another? "Taradiddles." It means pretentious nonsense, which I've heard people say about this column, though I don't know where they get pretentious.

There are a couple of sporting events in town this week, too. The Chattanooga Football Club hosts Memphis at Finley Stadium on Saturday and Vintage Base Ball returns to Fort Oglethorpe at the 6th Calvary Museum the same night for a doubleheader.

LISA: As long as we're talking athletes and doubleheaders, don't forget the Chattanooga Roller Girls also have two matches Saturday at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Their sport may not have a ball, but you can bet they're athletes.

Get event details every Thursday in ChattanoogaNow or online anytime at

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281. Contact Barry Courter at or 423-757-6354.