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The sweet sounds of summer: outdoor concert season kicks off

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 3:22 pm



Kali Bradford

and press release


For dedicated music lovers, summer is the ideal season, with music festivals and outdoor events taking place almost every weekend across the country.

And Tennessee is no stranger to summer music events with a number of concerts and festival set that will take place locally and across the state.

Check out the following musical lineup and mark your calendars accordingly.


Live From Ventura Boulevard

The City of Tullahoma Parks and Recreation Department will host a free concert Saturday at Frazier McEwen Park featuring Live From Ventura Boulevard.

“This is going to be an exciting night of free music,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Director Kurt Glick. “These musicians are Nashville professionals. One member, Scott Sheriff, is the keyboard player for Carrie Underwood.”

Live From Ventura Boulevard plays music from the late ’70s with covers from artists such as Boz Scaggs, Kenny Loggins, The Doobie Brothers, Little River Band, Ambrosia, The Eagles, America, Pablo Cruise, Gino Vannelli, Steely Dan, Christopher Cross and The Bee Gees, among others.

Opening for Live From Ventura Boulevard will be the local Rock Creek Bluegrass Band.

The band’s repertoire includes many bluegrass standards as well as familiar country and pop songs arranged for their bluegrass style.


Tennessee’s 129th Army Band to Perform at South Jackson Civic Center

Tennessee’s 129th Army Band will be performing a free concert at noon at the South Jackson Civic Center on Monday, May 29.

The 129th is composed of musicians from all over Tennessee. Headquartered in Nashville, the band boasts many professional musicians, band directors and performing artists from the Nashville area. The 129th is led by Chief Warrant Officer William Stepp and 1st Sgt. Richard Lutz.

“We are very fortunate to host the 129th Army Band for a second time,” said event organizer Alan Harris. “They enjoyed their time in Tullahoma during last year’s Independence Day Celebration, and they wanted to return and treat our citizens to a free concert.”

The 129th Army Band is part of the Tennessee National Guard and has a long and distinguished history serving Tennessee and the United States both in peacetime and during armed conflicts.


Wartrace Music Fest

The 13th annual Wartrace Music Fest will take place on Saturday, June 3. The festival will feature live music food vendors, purveyors of arts and crafts for sale, a supervised kids’ zone, the Chris Clark Bicycle Stunt Show, a raffle for a guitar donated by Stephen Gallagher, a classic car cruise in, the Music Fest 5K Walk/Run in Memory of Amanda Floyd beginning at 9 a.m. and a professional fireworks show to close the evening.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. with live music to kick off at 1 p.m.

Headlining the event will Eagle tribute band, Eaglemaniacs. The group of nine Nashville studio musicians is noted for its precise instrumental recreations and soaring vocal stylings of Glen Frey, Don Henley, Timothy Schmitt and Joe Walsh; a sound that has enthralled three generations of Eagles music fans worldwide.

Opening for the Eaglemaniacs on the main stage at 7 p.m. will be 17- year-old blues guitar sensation Chase Clanton and The Vintage Vibes and The Buck Wild Band, delivering a high-energy show of classic Southern rock and contemporary country music.

A second stage with covered cabaret-style table seating offers an afternoon hootenanny featuring single and small group acoustic musical acts playing continuous music beginning at 1 p.m.

Admission to Music Fest is $7 with children under 12 admitted free. Free parking is available adjacent to the festival grounds at 112 Bridgeview Avenue in Wartrace.

Music Fest is presented by the Wartrace Chamber of Commerce to provide civic improvements for the town.

Rough camping sites are available. For more information call the Wartrace Chamber of Commerce at (931) 240-0300. Wartrace is located 10 miles off exit 97 on I-24, approximately halfway between Nashville and Chattanooga.


Sewanee Summer Music Festival

The 61st annual Sewanee Summer Music Festival will take place June 17-July 16 on the campus of The University of The South in Sewanee.

Nearly 200 students will be arriving for four weeks of instrumental lessons, classes and performance opportunities. Students from across the country and around the world participate in the festival.

On Sunday, June 25, the two student orchestras will take the stage for the first of four Sunday afternoon concerts with the Cumberland Orchestra to perform at 2:30 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m., Robert Moody will conduct the Sewanee Symphony in a program featuring Rachmaninoff’s “Symphony No. 2 in E Minor.”

César Leal will conduct the Cumberland Orchestra on Sunday, July 2, in a program that includes Tchaikovsky’s “Overture to Romeo and Juliet” and other selections.

Repertoire for the Sunday, July 9, concert by the Cumberland Orchestra will include works of Sheng, de Falla and Liszt, conducted by Oriol Sans.

The Sewanee Symphony will conclude the third week of the festival performing works of Mendelssohn and Prokofiev, under the direction of Karina Canellakis.

The 61st season comes to a close on Sunday, July 16, with Allan Dennis conducting a program with the Cumberland Orchestra. Yaniv Dinur will lead the Sewanee Symphony in movements from Stravinsky’s “Petrouchka” and more.

Individual tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 each; they are $20 at the door.

Tickets may be purchased through the website at ssmf.sewanee.edu.


Riverbend Music Festival

Celebrating over 35 years as Chattanooga’s premier event, the annual festival goes on for eight nights.

There’s a wide variety of artists covering almost every music genre that perform at the festival. The five stages are set along the backdrop of the Tennessee River at Ross’s Landing, also known as the Scenic City’s front porch.

About 100 acts perform each year on the multiple stages. Headline performers are featured on the Coca-Cola Stage, a barge which has been converted into a full concert stage. The barge floats just off shore against a large collection of amphitheater seats built into a hillside at the water’s edge.

This year’s acts include Old Dominion, Brett Young, Toby Keith, Billy Jo Shaver and more. To purchase tickets, visit riverbendfestival.com.


Musicians Corner

Musicians Corner returns for its summer season of free weekly lawn parties in Centennial Park throughout the months for May, June, July, August and September.

Musicians Corner is a central point, free and open to all, where Music City gathers to perform and enjoy its music. Each week, Musicians Corner’s family-friendly events will feature the main stage and Lightning 100’s acoustic stage artist performances; an expanded Mix 92.9 Kidsville including crafts, fitness activities, and a musical meet  and greet educational area; “Dogville,” a new event area with activities for dogs; a mix of Nashville’s best food trucks; and a beer garden serving Nashville’s local brews.

For the lineup of artists, visit http://musicianscornernashville.com.


Free community concerts with the Nashville Symphony

This is a long-standing Nashville tradition that is part of the symphony’s mission to bring music to everyone in Middle Tennessee. Pack a picnic dinner, bring a blanket or lawn chair and immerse yourself in a magical summer night of music and fun.

June 8: 7:30 p.m. at Musicians Corner in Centennial Park

June 10: 7:30 p.m. in Key Park in Lafayette

June 11: 7 p.m. Crockett Park in Brentwood

June 13: at 7 p.m. in Cumberland University in Lebanon

June 14: 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Rock Castle in Hendersonville

June 27: 7 p.m. at Hadley Park in North Nashville

June 28: 7:30 p.m. at Southeast Park Greenspace in Antioch.