The fiery music of Chicago Blues and the Sanofi Career Night close out Nightfall’s 35th season

This Friday, September 2nd, marks the final performance of Nightfall’s 35th season of free, fantastic music at Miller Plaza.

The featured headliner is Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials (replacing the previously announced Miko Marks). The opening act is Butch Ross.

This Friday’s show will also feature special opportunities from Sanofi Careers in the country. They will advertise job opportunities in Chattanooga through their international company that produces products such as Gold Bond and Icy Hot (formerly known locally as Chattem), as well as offer giveaways of samples of these products. Sanofi was named by Forbes as the #1 employer in their industry in 2021.

The world famous Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been a fixture for over 30 years in Chicago, a city filled with unmatched blues talent. The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s glorious slide work and his gritty, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues.

With nine albums and thousands of performances under their belt, Lil’ Ed is universally regarded as a giant of the genre. Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials—bassist (and Ed’s half-brother) James “Pookie” Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton—have been together for more than 30 years—”We’re not band members,” says Williams. “We are family and families stick together.”

Standing the test of time, the band’s big Chicago blues has garnered a devoted following over the years from Ed Heads new and old. Their infectious energy, joyous showmanship and masterful playing have been sharpened by many years together. Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials will play from 8:00-9:30 p.m.

Butch Ross, a well-known local singer/songwriter and master of the mountain trapeze will open the evening’s entertainment. A multi-instrumentalist and live looper, he plays a mix of traditional music, original storytelling and quirky covers. Butch will be joined by some friends to perform Nightfall’s opening set, starting at 7 p.m.

For more information on this FREE community concert series, call 423.304-5835 or visit for a complete, interactive website that includes music samples from each headliner, as well as other important information for first-time attendees.

In addition to music on the Miller Plaza Stage, other special features at Nightfall this Friday include a variety of local food trucks, local artisans, the Chattanooga Soccer Club’s inflatable soccer field at Miller Park, and several cars from the River City Corvette Club that will to be in sight on MLKing Boulevard.

A variety of food trucks, as well as beer, wine and cocktails are available at every Nightfall show. No outside food or drink is allowed to be brought into Nightfall as concession sales are Nightfall’s primary funder.

Known for its family-friendly environment, as well as nationally recognized for the quality of its musical programming, Nightfall is a highly acclaimed concert series that brings the Chattanooga community together in the heart of our city.

Nightfall is made possible this year thanks to sponsorships from Mich Ultra, Fletcher Bright Company, Southeast Bank, Village Volkswagen, Sanofi Careers, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Southern Honda Powersports, USXpress, T-Mobile, Volkswagen Chattanooga, Chambers Welding & Fabrication, Lass & Lion, and Chattanooga Whiskey.

Nightfall is locally owned and produced by Chattanooga Presents.

Thank you for supporting a great season of live music and celebrating our community!

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