Road to Nightfall offers bands chance to compete, perform

Photos by Alyssa Baldwin Culture Fest: Nightfall goers ride motorcycles and pitch chairs, taking advantage of the culture the festival offers.
Photos by Alyssa Baldwin
Culture Fest: Nightfall goers ride motorcycles and pitch chairs, taking advantage of the culture the festival offers.

Rachel Frizzell, Chattanooga, Tenn. – With a week left to enter, local bands still have a
chance to sign up and compete in this year’s Road to Nightfall.

Jonathan Susman, the co-president of Gig City Productions and founder of Road to Nightfall, said Nightfall is a concert series that occurs every year where nationally known bands come to perform at Miller Plaza.

The competition is mocked after Road to Bonnaroo, which is held in Nashville and had an influence on Susman. He presented the idea for local musicians to headline Nightfall to Chattanooga Presents six years ago.

In turn, this allows the local bands to gain fans out of the hundreds who attend the concert series.

Susman said the event has never been about winning, but more about creating an event that encouraged camaraderie and collaboration.

The location of both the competition nights and final night have changed. In the past the competition nights have be held at Rhythm and Brews and will now be held at Granfalloon.

The final night was typically at the Camp House, it has moved to the Revelry Room.
“It’s a bigger stage, and a bigger opportunity for bands to get in front of different booking folks in town,” said Susman.

Susman said there will also be more giveaways and new sponsors. The text-message voting system will be continue, and the number of bands will remain the same.

The band Strung Like a Horse, which won the competition four years ago, went on play for multiple audiences and is now a touring act.

Susman said he wants to see more professional development from the musicians so they can go on to other cities and spread their work.

“I just want to increase the breath of exposure for our local musician and I just want to see our music community grow,” said Susman.

The competition takes place on March 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at Granfalloon. At the Revelry Room, winners from the preceding night will compete.

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