Friday’s Nightfall concert series continues with UTC Night, a celebration of the return of college students to the city.
Music begins at 7 p.m. with Chattanooga's Moonlight Bride.
Headlining will be Nashville’s Leagues. The band’s debut album, "You Belong Here," is a collection of infectious indie rock.
The three-piece Leagues is the formation of singer Thad Cockrell, guitarist Tyler Burkum and drummer Jeremy Lutito. All Nashvillians with their own projects, the band formed out of a series of random meetings and a lot of laughter.
We caught up with Burkum earlier this week to discuss the band and how much the audience plays into the grand scheme.
What: Leagues and Moonlight Bride at Nightfall
Where: Miller Plaza
When: Friday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m.
How much: Free
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Nashville is so close and yet seemingly so far from Chattanooga. Any fond memories of our city as you visit again?
We love Chattanooga! We have all played in Chattanooga and escaped into those beautiful hills many times. Every time we come to Chattanooga, we are all just struck by how gorgeous it is.
You're playing UTC Night. What is the ideal crowd for a Leagues show? I'll pass this along to them so they know how to behave.
Our ideal crowd is as many different kinds of people as possible dancing around and singing along, the way you do when you think no one is watching. We try to get caught up in the moment, and we hope everyone else will, too! Think Tom Cruise in "Risky Business" but with more clothing on ... ha.
Cockrell said "the fourth member of the band is the audience." I've seen bands before where the presence of an audience seems incidental. Tell me about that connection.
We have always said that the extra member of the band is the pleasure of the audience. We love to play music with each other, even when it's just us rehearsing, but when we come to your city, we want to make music WITH the audience and share the same moment in time and forget about everything for an hour and just be present. Our culture could use a good dose of being present these days. We hope people forget to text their friends or post Instagram photos while they're at our show ... it would mean that we are sharing the same moment. The greatest shows aren't about right notes or proficiency or special effects. We believe they are amazing because of connectedness; that's what gives us all goosebumps and what we are chasing.
"You Belong Here" is almost 8 months old. What does Leagues have in store for the rest of 2013 and beyond? There are, of course, three solo careers to factor in, no?
Has it already been 8 months? Wow, that went by fast! We are going to be touring pretty extensively this fall, doing our own shows up the East and West Coast and a couple Canadian dates, as well. After that, we will get back to writing, recording and dreaming, which is what we do best.
As East Nashvillians, who are some other artists we should be keeping an eye out for? Anybody flying under the radar right now that shouldn't be?
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