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Music City Gets Festive in May

by Rich and Laura Lynch

It was quite overcast and a tad chilly but the weather outside did not dampen the enthusiasm for the return of two of this town's most loved music festivals - Musicians Corner and the The Sevier Park Fest. Both events took place on Saturday, May 7, 2022 with the former being a regular series with multiple dates in the spring and fall while the latter is a much anticipated yearly gathering in the 12th South neighborhood.

Musicians Corner returned to Centennial Park in May.

Musicians Corner has provided free public access to live music in the heart of Music City since 2010. Located in beautiful Centennial Park, the series generally takes place in May / June and September each year. Over 1,500 artists have been showcased on the Musicians Corner stage, including legendary artists Emmylou Harris, Chris Stapleton, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Vince Gill and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Musicians Corner is a program of Centennial Park Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to preserve, enhance, and share the Parthenon and Centennial Park.

Great Peacock put on a great set in midtown.

Sevier Park Fest takes place in the late spring or early summer every year with a percentage of the proceeds earmarked to benefit the Friends of Sevier Park. The first incarnation happened in 2014 and the gathering has grown into an annual tradition that has featured headlining acts like Brandy Clark, The Lone Bellow, Johnnyswim, Gin Blossoms, Blues Traveler, Amanda Shires and more with Rayland Baxter being the main attraction in 2022. This ticketed event takes place just off the famed 12th Avenue South shopping drag as they aim to honor musicians, makers, and artists both from Nashville and beyond.

Lightning 100 helped put the juice in both festivals.

At Centennial Park, we checked out a promising southern rock band based in Nashville called Great Peacock who proudly showcased their fine songs in a colorful and expressive manner. Back at 12 South, we arrived just as Blvck Hippie from Memphis was doing his thing and working hard to keep the crowd engaged and on their feet. We hope to catch both of these acts on their next pass through town.

Blvck Hippie visited from that other renowned musical city in Tennessee.

On Saturday, both Musicians Corner and the The Sevier Park Fest benefited from other activities that were taking place near the music festivals. In the shadow of the Parthenon the 51st Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair was well underway and well-attended with hundreds of interesting artists and vendors selling their wares. Over at 12th South, in addition to music organizers were holding a criterium, or crit. This bike race held on a short course on the closed-off local city streets offered additional intrigue for its captive audience and was sponsored by the nearby Halcyon Bike Shop

A bike race added some athletic adrenaline to the Sevier Park festivities.

Speaking of sponsors, Nashville's adult album alternative-formatted FM radio station "Lightning 100" had roles in both festivals taking charge at Sevier Park while providing advertising and a second stage at Musicians Corner. So, in case they didn't know it - but, they probably already do - hey Lighting 100, you rock! Thanks for always supporting the music community here in Music City.

Rayland Baxter was the hip and hot headliner this year.

Related Links: For more information on these MUSIC FESTIVALS and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - Musicians Corner | Centennial Park | Sevier Park Fest | Sevier Park | Great Peacock | Blvck Hippie | Lightning 100


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