Wartrace, TN – The ninth annual Wartrace MusicFest, to be held Saturday June 8th, will feature exceptional musicianship from a multigenerational roster of talent that includes an award winning seven piece teenage blues band, a rising twenty-something rock and roll trio, and a veteran boomer ensemble playing Santana inspired Latin rock.
Wartrace mayor and MusicFest committee chairman Ron Stacy is enthusiastic about the diversity of music presented this year. “We’ve booked excellent musicians playing a variety of musical styles. The youngest player is fourteen and there’ll be some guys with gray hair too,” he explains and adds, smiling, “We don’t allow age discrimination or musical bias in here in Wartrace.”
The music will start Saturday at 4 pm on a second stage located under a large tent for music fans who want to come early and enjoy bar-b-que and all the trimmings in a cabaret style setting. The music shifts to the main stage at 6 pm with Cumberland Blue, a group of teenage prodigies who represented the Nashville Blues Society at the 2013 International Blues Challenge youth showcase in Memphis. The band is currently completing an album of original music in Nashville. Los Vatos Locos, a six man group consisting of professionals from New York and East L.A., plays percussive Latin infused music reminiscent of bands led by Carlos Santana. Old school rhythm and blues meets sophisticated funk as the Gian Cage Band takes the stage with legendary bass player Jerome Preston and drummer Derion Haynes. Sam Hunter and The Two Tones represent a new wave of young bands who pay respect to the roots of rock and roll with a joyous enthusiasm that has won them critical and fan acclaim. Versatility and precision vocal harmonies are the hallmark of The Midnight Special Band who specialize in recreating the timeless rockabilly, R&B, country, doowop, reggae and classic rock dance tunes. The quartet is based in Bedford County.
Admission to Boogie, Blues, and Bar-B-Que is $5. with children twelve and under admitted free. Wartrace MusicFest is presented by radio station 93.9 The Duck and is produced by the Town of Wartrace and the Wartrace Chamber of Commerce to benefit the town’s public improvement projects. For information contact the Wartrace Town Hall at 931-389-6144 or visit www.wartracemusicfest.org and http://www.facebook.com/wartracemusicfest.
Wartrace is located approximately one hour south of Nashville ten miles from exit #97 off I-24.