Gig City Productions has announced 30 bands set to compete in the 2017 Road to Nightfall competition.

The annual live music showcase seeks to highlight the best in local music, beginning with five nights at Granfalloon.

Preliminary rounds will feature six or seven bands each night, with the winners moving on to the finals March 25. The venue for the finals will be announced at a future date.


The winner of the Road to Nightfall competition will receive an opportunity to perform a 90-minute set during the 2017 Nightfall season. In addition, they will receive a cash prize, 25 hours of professional recording, a promotional video and more.

To be eligible, bands must have three or four members with a majority living within a 45-mile radius of Chattanooga.

Click here for a complete list of rules.

“We’ve got a great lineup this year,” Gig City Productions founder Barrett Taylor said. “These 30 bands were chosen from a talented group of local artists. We have several veteran groups from previous years and many bands new to the Chattanooga scene.”

Nick Lutsko Band won the 2016 Nightfall competition, edging out Preston Parris Band, High Meadows Communion, Mendingwall and Caney Creek Company for the victory.

The performances listed below are not in order of appearance. A full schedule-including start times for each band during the preliminary rounds-will be released next week.

March 10

  • Walrus
  • Heatherly
  • Sam Killed the Bear
  • Genki Genki Panic
  • Stone Cold Fox
  • Afternooners

March 11

  • Napoleon Cummings
  • Ashley and the X’s
  • The Courtney Holder Band
  • I Can Japan
  • Over Easy
  • Caney Village

March 16

  • SunSap
  • Midnight Promise
  • Kerchief
  • Mountain Cove
  • Kid Cuebas & Melancholy Dupree

March 17

  • Mendingwall
  • Deacon Bluz/HolySmoke
  • Josh Driver & the Dixieland Playboys
  • Backwater Still
  • Big Green Funk
  • Grace Lane

March 18

  • Caney Creek Company
  • Rick Rushing & the Blues Strangers
  • Subkonscious
  • Dream Collective
  • Monday Night Social
  • Moon Hollow