By MARIAN GALBRAITH, Staff Writer
The Highland Rim Kiwanis Club’s 41A Music Festival is ramping up its third annual event Sept. 28-29 with another spectacular lineup of music, featuring hometown heroes on the local and national levels.
For starters, this year’s headliner, appearing at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, is none other than Dustin Lynch, a Tullahoma native and 2003 THS grad whose recent song, “Cowboys and Angels” now sits at #12 on Billboard.com’s Country Songs chart.
Recently signed to Broken Bow Records, Lynch not only co-wrote the recent hit with Tim Nichols and Josh Leo, but also wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 13 songs on his self-titled debut album, to be released Aug. 21.
“He gave us a nice hometown discount, too,” said Kiwanis treasurer Jason Redd, who added that the total cost for the bands this year is about 15 percent lower than last year’s lineup, despite the high level of talent.
Kicking off Friday night at 6 p.m. will be Entice, a high energy R&B/Motown band from the Nashville area, followed by last year’s favorite, Pop Rox, at 7:45.
“The Pop Rox” are an 80’s, 90’s cover band, based in Knoxville. Playing a number of venues around the state, the band are experts experts at capturing, reading and keeping a crowd’s attention. All members are seasoned veterans of the Knoxville local music scene.
Lead singer for the Rox, Valerie Buckner, is also former Tullahoma resident who wowed last year’s crowd with favorites from the 1980’s forward.
Other band members include Dave Whitaker on drums, Chris Cook on lead guitar, Dave Peeples on bass, guitar, and Josh Gaither on keyboard, rhythm guitar, and backing vocals.
Closing out the night on Friday will be Johnny T and his Due South band at 9:45, with an in-your-face mixture of country, rock and occasional rap.
Saturday kicks off at noon with local Michael Jackson music and dance tribute led by Catherine Murray, followed by country singer/songwriter Lee Gibson, who also performed last year, at 1:30 p.m.
Already a published songwriter with major label cuts under his belt, Gibson recently signed with Century Music Group after having released his debut album, “Somewhere other than Here,” independently.
According to his website, over the past two years, two of Lee’s songs have helped him earn a spot on AOL Music between Rascal Flatts & Taylor Swift just last year.
Local rockers Hey, Zeus will turn up the energy at 3:00 p.m. with classic hits from the 50’s and beyond, followed by Tullahoma’s own Soul Session at 4:30.
Band members include Tom Shelton on lead vocalist, Ron McFarlane on drums, Kevin Syler on organ, George Barfield on bass guitar, Wendel Hartman on piano, and Tommy Shepherd on guitar.
The band says they are glad to be back for another year of entertaining Tullahoma in the 41 A Music Festival.
“We are excited to be apart of such a great local event,” added Shelton.
Classic-rock band Legacy from Cookeville starts at 6:00 p.m., followed by local favorite Bad Monkey at 7:45, then Lynch at 9:45 pm.
A well known cover band, Bad Monkey has been know to ‘pack the house’ playing hits that lead singer Jeff Banks says the crowd can enjoy.
“The best thing about performing is the crowd interaction. We have some wonderful people that come out to see us play and we always tell them that they are as much a part of Bad Monkey as we are. If it were not for them, we would be playing to an empty room. We really appreciate them spending time with us. We value the time they spend with us and we work really hard to put on a good show for that reason,” said Banks.
The festival currently seeks food and crafts vendors as well as sponsors wishing to donate and/or advertise
Vendors may call Max Christopher at 455-3900 while donors and sponsors may call Joe Orr at 455-0555.
For more information visit the Highland Rim Kiwanis website and Facebook page at 41-A Music Festival-Highland Rim Kiwanis.