Local nonprofit Highland Rim Kiwanis Club is preparing for Tullahoma’s biggest annual music event, the 41A Music Festival, which will take place Sept. 28 and 29 in downtown Tullahoma.

This year’s event will feature a lineup that gives a nod of music of ’80s and ’90s. Kiwanis member and festival coordinator Jason Redd recently spoke with The News about this year’s festival and the choice to go with a lineup that leans heavily on music from the past.

This year’s slate of performers includes Saved by the 90s, The Velcro Pigmies, Cody Canada & The Departed, Bad Monkey, J.P. Clardy, The Stagger Moon Band, Chase Clanton & Vintage Vibes and Jackwagon.

Saved by the 90s and The Velcro Pigmies are among year’s headliners and both acts perform music from the ’80s and ’90s era.

Redd said this year’s bands were chosen following requests from previous festival attendees, who had asked club members to tailor a lineup featuring, “music they know.”

“Each year, in addition to our great lineup of local bands, we try to present regional and national openers and headliners,” Redd said. “Further, our crowd has highly requested hearing music they know, whether it is a favorite band or a tribute band that covers a particular artist or genre of music.”    

Redd said the club members took their patrons’ requests into account when planning for the 2018 festival.

“Every year, our club meets to discuss which bands we will target and what the general composition of the bands should look like for the event,” he said. “This year, we wanted to do something a little different.  Instead of finding tribute acts that cover one particular artist or band, we decided to look at bands that cover an entire genre.  We decided on ’80s and ’90s.  These two decades produced some great music and even people born in the late ’90s through the millennium seem to know a lot of the music from those two decades.”

Redd said the next step was finding bands that performed the music of these two decades. He said he feels the club was able to put together at two-day lineup of bands that everyone can enjoy.

“The Pygmies bring a high-energy show that largely covers the two decades, with flawless renditions of some of the great ’80s hair band rock,” he said. “The band has been touring for over 20 years and has amassed a very large following, with some very loyal fans, during that time. 

“Just a word of caution, this should be the first time the 41A Festival has seen pyrotechnics, so go light on the Aqua Net,” Redd joked.

 “Saved by the 90s takes the most popular ’90s pop  and alternative rock tunes with a dynamic stage show and ensures that everyone in the crowd will hear something they’ll want to sing along to,” he added.

Other band the club is expecting to be a major draw for fans is Cody Canada & The Departed, who will perform on Friday. 

According to Redd, the band offers a good mix of old Ragweed tunes and new Departed tunes, along with covers that can range anywhere from Ted Nugent to Todd Snider to Neil Young to Johnny Paycheck.

Also performing Friday will be Chase Clanton and Vintage Vibes and The Stagger Moon Band.

Saturday performances will include sets by Bad Monkey, JP Clardy, Jackwagon, Saved by the 90s and The Velcro Pygmies.

For this year’s festival, Redd said attendees can expect to enjoy all the 41A Festival favorites.

“We have decided to stick with the same format we’ve used the last couple of years. The core festival includes food and merchandise vendors, cold beer, an interactive Kids Zone and, of course, great live music,” he said. “In addition, the Highland Rim Kiwanis will host their Annual Poker Run for motorcyclists on Saturday morning.”

 No matter where you find yourself on the musical spectrum, Redd said the festival is a great way to show support for the community.

“The Highland Rim Kiwanis Club takes a lot of pride in bringing the 41A Festival to the community,” he said. “Over the nine years, we have raised approximately $125,000 for local children’s charities through the sponsorships, drink sales, poker run and gate donations from the people who have come out to enjoy this free show.  We are always humbled by the turnout and are so very thankful for what the live music fans of Tullahoma allow us to do.”

If you go

The event is free and open to the public. No coolers or pets are allowed.  Music will kick off on Friday at 6 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

For updates and more about the festival, visit the event’s Facebook page at 41A Music Festival-Highland Rim Kiwanis.

Kali Bradford can be reached by email at kbradford@tullahomanews.com.