Perfect weather ushered in week two of Musicians Corner in Centennial Park with seven more fantastic acts taking the stage. Enchanting vocals may have set the mood for a beautiful fall day, but the instrumental talent of this week’s performers proved to be the talking point of the show.
Belmont University alum Robert Kelly was the first act of the day. He kept the crowd entertained from the very beginning with his infectious sense of humor and ability to get everyone participating. Playing acoustically smooth songs including the title track of his current album We Are Poetry, Kelly was a great way to kick off the day.
The first acoustic stage act was singer/songwriter Natalie Royal. With her hauntingly beautiful tone and great utilization of various string accompaniments, she let her personality shine through to capture the hearts of the audience. She also announced free CDs, causing a swarming mad dash to the merchandise tent.
Jerami Matlock was up next on the main stage. Matlock has a groovy, soulful style encompassing variations of R&B, reggae and jazz. With a great stage presence, he had the crowd dancing, and with two Bob Marley covers he had them singing as well.
Following Matlock, Musicians Corner announced its double Dog of the Day, presented by Grammy award-winning producer Paul Worley (Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride). Worley was integral in bringing Musicians Corner to the Music City public, and expressed his sincere delight of the popularity of the event.
The second acoustic stage performance was Yumza!, singing fun songs geared more towards the younger Musicians Corner crowd. After Dog of the Day, Yumza! tweaked their set list to include their canine-inspired number Take Care of Your Dog, Dog. The music was comedy driven, and a departure of the status quo, yet listening to it, the crowd could not help but feel happy.
The next main stage act may have generated the most buzz of the day. Neulore has an alternative, folk sound, and front man Adam Agin showed off his effortless, gentle vocals. Singing cuts from their concept album Apples & Eve, as well as favorites such as Don’t Leave Quite Yet, Neulore bestowed, as one fan described it, “a spiritual experience” upon Musicians Corner.
The final acoustic stage performance was courtesy of The Gloaming, a string quartet playing popular cover songs. With three violins and a cello, The Gloaming utilized every aspect of their instruments, stringing, picking, scratching and even drumming, leaving everyone thoroughly impressed and entertained.
To finish the day, Nashville natives Colorfeels provided an instrumentally and vocally riveting performance. Each member of the band was a multi-instrumentalist, and one even included a clarinet – at one point playing it and his guitar simultaneously. Their slower numbers were pleasant and whimsically musical while their more upbeat songs had the crowd on its feet. As one band member exclaimed to the crowd: “Yes to dancing. No to sitting!” This inventive plethora of sound was an enjoyable way to wrap up to a great day of music.
Musicians Corner is a non-profit program of The Conservancy for the Parthenon & Centennial Park. The fall season of Musicians Corner runs on Saturdays through November 5 and promises more great artists and special guests. For additional information and the fall schedule please visit www.musicianscornernashville.com.