To end out the individual evenings of music, the Road to Nightfall contest will present a variety of artists at Granfalloon Saturday night.
From Americana story-songs to experimental rhythms to hard rock thunder, these bands will shake the walls of the building and those built up around your heart. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door of the venue. Showtime is 8 p.m.
Check out Nooga.com's brief preview of the performing artists and their music below.
Monday Night Social
Wielding an eclectic musical perspective, Cleveland band Monday Night Special works through a diverse array of influences while doling out catchy melodies and lyrics that possess a deeply empathetic view of the world and those who wander its landscapes. Built from bits of pop, rock, folk and blues, their sound is a joyous celebration of the endless possibilities inherent to the medium. Opulent vocal harmonies and emotionally charged sentiments curl around the music in unpredictable and exciting patterns, giving each song a unique personality and the leeway to evolve as various inspirations are touched upon.
Caney Creek Company
The lithe Americana and folk noise of Chattanooga band Caney Creek Company is composed of gorgeous harmonies, pastoral environments and unconsciously affecting lyrics that peer into the heart of past experiences. Blending gentle bluegrass inclinations with a deeper folk thunder, the band explores these broad stretches of sound through a delicate but confident approach that favors intricate dynamism over a cacophonous clatter. They evoke the feelings of open fields and late summer nights with an effortless strum and shake.
The work of Dream Collective is rooted in an associative musical consciousness, created by the sum total of the band's individual influences. But there's no static creativity, no ordinary inspiration. Dream Collective revels in the experimental side of pop, hip-hop and rock music. Their bombastic and incisive work is equal parts apoplectic art and progressive ideology. Spilling half-spoken lyrics over layered rock arrangements, the band creates a loping, fuzzed-out noise that seems fit to burst with unbridled enthusiasm.
The hard rock bluster of Subkonscious hides a thorough understanding of the ways volume and melody interact, the kind of specific movement that works at the heart of any given genre but is especially crucial when looking to wade through the swampy terrain of a ragged rock aesthetic. The band delivers a pulse-pounding ride through dense waves of cathartic guitar lines and bone-rattling percussion that echoes with the influence of bands like Black Sabbath and Rage Against the Machine.
There's an elasticity to the indie rock motions of Moon Hollow, a band that cleverly masks its influences in a haze of echoing guitar rhythms and nimble melodies. A virulent serration exists within the band's often-experimental musical constructs and reveals itself as voices crash down among the clattering percussion. Certain bands can imitate the feel of classic indie rock bands and momentarily sound like they're genuinely reconnecting with a past history, but those bands quickly fade, rarely leaving a trace of their passing. Moon Hollow, however, channels the spirits of their influences in a way that leaves little doubt as to their ability to successfully evoke the heart and nerve of their inspirations.
Rick Rushing & the Blues Strangers
Rick Rushing & the Blues Strangers turn the blues into a full-frontal rock assault by combing through its dense lineage and finding those points where rock music and the blues connect on a primal level. Bringing together the elemental forces of jazz, rock and blues, the band elevates these individual genres into a whirlpool of shattered expectations and rhythmic exploration. They slice through the borders between these associated sounds to build a common foundation around which they demolish any number of musical stereotypes. The blues rise from Chattanooga, and Rick Rushing & the Blues Strangers offer their distinctive take on these volatile movements.
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