Main Stage, 3PM
You can call Great Peacock a folk band... but don’t expect them to make music for campfires or square dances. Raised in the Deep South and headquartered in Nashville, they’re a group of red-blooded country boys who aren’t afraid of the big city. Case in point: Making Ghosts -- the duo’s harmony-heavy, guitar-driven debut album -- whose 11 songs find the middle ground between rootsy, down-home Americana and super-sized arena pop/rock.
“To us, it’s just pop music with organic acoustic instruments,” says Andrew Nelson, who shares lead vocals and guitar duties with co-founder Blount Floyd. “The album has some fiddle, some pedal steel and a whole lot of acoustic guitar, which sounds like the traditional setup for a country band. But this isn’t a country record. It’s not really a folk record, either. It’s a pop/record... with folk tendencies.”
Nelson and Floyd first crossed paths in their early 20s, bonding instantly over a shared love of cheap beer and good Southern music. After logging several years together in a loud, Tennessee-based rock band, they split off to form their own project, swapping out the amplified swagger of their previous group for a straightforward sound anchored by acoustic guitars, anthemic melodies and two intertwined voices. Like an old-school harmony duo retuned for a new generation, they started off with a handful of classic influences -- the country croon of George Jones, the working class rock & roll of Bruce Springsteen, the heartland hum of Tom Petty -- and expanded their sound from there, turning Great Peacock into the sort of band that’s simultaneously rooted in tradition and headed toward new territory.
The music on Making Ghosts reflects Great Peacock’s ambition. Songs like “Tennessee” are swooning, sweeping tributes to the band’s homeland, while “Take Me To The Mountain” pushes the band toward anthemic territory, fueled by super-sized drums and a radio-ready melody. On “Arms,” the guys jump between haunting verses and big, Technicolor choruses, capping everything off with a screeching guitar solo. These peacocks know how to strut their stuff.
What’s in a name, by the way? In Great Peacock’s case, quite a bit.
“We initially thought it was just a funny name for a band,” Nelson admits, “but through the evolution of everything we’ve done, we’ve always been big and colorful. That’s why Blount jumps around onstage. That’s why I wear a suit jacket embroidered with feathers, which is basically a poor man’s nudie suit. We’ve embraced the image of the big peacock feathers, and we want to entertain you. We look that way, we think that way, and we sound that way, too.”
The Melting Pot Band
Main staGE, 2PM
Back this year by popular demand, Edgehill residents The Melting Pot Band is an 8-piece rhythm and blues band composed of a drummer, lead guitarist, bass guitarist, keyboards, trumpet/fluglehorn, alto/tenor saxophone, 2 female vocalist. Our playlist is comprised of RnB classics from the 60s thru the 80s.
Main staGE, 1PM
THE BELMONT BELTONES are an a cappella group of sixteen singers based at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in the Fall of 2009 by Patrick Dunnevant and Creighton Olsen, the group has quickly developed a reputation amongst the student body and the faculty on campus.
Members of the Beltones, who were selected from every academic year, come from a variety of musical backgrounds and majors, including Classical and Commercial Performance, Composition, Neuroscience, Education, English, Songwriting, Business, Actuarial Science, and Religion.
Swing Dance Nashville
Main staGE, 12:40PM
Swing Dance Nashville is committed to the preservation, promotion and education of vintage swing music and its corresponding dances, including Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, and Shag. We are thrilled to have them join us on the Main Stage from 12:40 to 1PM. For more information, visit https://swingdancenashville.com/
Main staGE, 12PM
Carly Rogers knew she was meant to leave her hometown in Vermont from the age of 4. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee as soon as she could when she was 17 years old to pursue her dream of writing songs and playing music. Since then Carly has sang in every state east of the Mississippi River and some beyond. She's currently working touring after the release of her debut single, "Excuse."
School of Rock Franklin/Nashville
Main staGE, 11AM
School of Rock is a haven for aspiring musicians who love rock n’ roll. We believe live performance is the most fun and effective way to teach an instrument, which is why we get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible. Our classes are tailored to all age groups and levels of proficiency, and instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping students succeed in music and beyond.
We also believe that music is more than a solo act. That’s why School of Rock Nashville teaches kids to play alone and as part of a team. This approach promotes accountability, speeds up the learning process, and fosters an inclusive community of rockers in Nashville. Students are not only learning an instrument—they’re making friends, building confidence, and becoming better people.
Watson Grove Music Ministry
Main staGE, 10AM
Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church was organized in Una, Tennessee in 1889. Una was a very small community, and there were only a few people of either the Baptist or the Methodist faith. Both denominations desired and needed a place to worship because neither congregation was financially able to acquire and maintain a building alone. A cooperative agreement was agreed upon, which provided a mutual church home for both denominations, permitting each of them to alternate Sundays for worship service and on the fifth Sundays, they united for worship. Read More...