The triple-digit-degree weather didn’t discourage hundreds of Nashville music lovers from coming out to the Musicians Corner fall season kickoff. The weekly concert series came back in full force with great performances, food and fun. Rico had his usual dancing shoes on, and Mayor Karl Dean even stopped by for a visit as seven acts graced the stage with amazing music.
Local rockers The CO started things off. They generated tons of buzz, with numerous interested patrons asking about their CDs at the merchandise tent. With upbeat tunes such as Keep It Together and more personal numbers such as How to Say Goodbye, The CO was a great way to start the season.
The first side stage performance was from two members of the Metro Parks jamBand, performing covers of new songs such as Bruno Mars’ I Wanna Marry You as well as classics like Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Pride and Joy.
Multi-talented artist, producer, player and writer Andrew Osenga was up next serenading the crowd with his soothing, mellifluous sound. Performing songs like Kara, Osenga transformed the mood of the audience from a hot summer day to a cool concert in autumn.
The next side stage act was Foxes Have Foxholes featuring Kyle Sapp, a production intern from the spring season. Given the opportunity to perform on the other side of the stage, Foxes Have Foxholes gave a great acoustic performance.
Next, Mayor Karl Dean graced the stage praising Musicians Corner and the fans for making the event successful. The Mayor has been an intricate part of putting on Musicians Corner and growing it to what it has become.
The third featured act of the day was Damien Horne. His music combines elements of just about every genre, and his musical collaborations are just as diverse. He has shared the stage with acts from The Neville Brothers to 3 Doors Down to Hank Jr. A talented guitar player and even more talented singer and performer, Horne had the audience – and especially Rico – on their feet.
The final side stage performance was from the Belmont duo Striking Matches. This acoustic performance had everyone transfixed on the incredible guitar playing and songwriting ability of these two rising stars. Each is a talented singer and guitar picker individually, yet together they are nothing less than mesmerizing.
The headlining act of the day was new country duo Attwater. Currently gaining fast notoriety in Nashville, the California-based band kept everyone grooving into the evening. They covered a song by Patti Griffin – Erika Attwater’s favorite artist – and their current single Never Gonna Happen was the perfect way to end the day.
Musicians Corner is a non-profit program of The Conservancy for the Parthenon & Centennial Park. The fall season of Musicians Corner runs on Saturdays from September 3 to November 5 and promises more great artists and special guests. For additional information and the fall schedule please visit www.musicianscornernashville.com.