Photo by the AJ Ghent Band
Photo contributed by the AJ Ghent Band

Hayden Seay, Chattanooga, Tenn. —

The AJ Ghent Band is headlining Nightfall’s Friday, June 5 event, with local act, the Jess Goggans Band opening.

Ghent and his band have a unique sound that blends genres such as blues and soul. The band consists not only of AJ Ghent, but also guitarist and saxophonist Gary Paulo, bassist Seth Watters, and drummer Will Groth. MarLa and Tiffany, Ghent’s wife and sister respectively, provide backing vocals.

“I think that it is important to have a strong [lineup], especially with the Riverbend schedule kicking in,” Carla Pritchard, the owner of Chattanooga Presents said. “[Ghent’s music] is a type of music that people really enjoy because it represents blues and soul.”

The band recently released their debut album, “Live at Terminal West,” which was recorded at a music venue in Atlanta. The album includes soulful songs including “Mercy,” and those on the funky side, such as “Can’t be Your Dog” and “Trickin’ Cheater.”

Ghent has performed with the Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule, and has worked with Zac Brown on his “Grohl Sessions Vol. 1.”

The opening act for the night is the Jess Goggans Band, who fuse funk and folk music together.

Nightfall is held at Miller Plaza every Friday night until Sept. 4, culminating with “Mocs Takes Over Nighfall.”

“It was started in 1988 as a way to reintroduce the downtown area to the public,” said Pritchard

Pritchard said Miller Plaza was built during that same year, and it added something that Chattanoogans and others can enjoy in an area lacking in entertainment options.

Over the past few years, Nightfall has focused more on the local music scene, as well as having acts that represent music all around the world.

Each event is free to the public, and food trucks and drink concessions will be available.

Nightfall also offers a beverage card that can be used to secure beer, wine and moonshine. The card costs $80 and can be used at every event throughout the rest of the summer.

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