Franklin on the Fourth releases entertainment lineup ahead of festival next week


Franklin on the Fourth releases entertainment lineup ahead of festival next week

The lineup has been released for downtown Franklin’s Fourth of July festival, hosted by the Franklin Lions Club and the city.

In addition to live music throughout Wednesday, a children’s parade will take place at 5 p.m., and there will be crafts, a kids’ zone, and festival vendors on the square.

10 a.m. – Marty Crum Bluegrass
Marty Crum is a professional musician, sideman, teacher and bandleader. He has performed throughout the U.S. on guitar, electric bass and banjo in musical settings ranging from symphonic to bebop to bluegrass, and from concert halls, pit orchestras and festivals to radio, TV and recording. The players in the quartet can be heard everywhere ranging from the “Grand Ole Opry” to the Nashville Symphony.

11:20 a.m. – John England & The Western Swingers
John England & the Western Swingers are a six-piece band based in Nashville, Tennessee, who play the lively, happy music called Western Swing. The group has played their lively music at Nashville’s Robert’s Western World every Monday since July of 2001. The Swingers can also boast of appearances at New York’s Lincoln Center, the Grand Ole Opry, the Legends of Western Swing Festival, the “Midnight Jamboree”, and many concerts and private events in the mid-South area. The band has also been a featured part of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for five years.

12:40 p.m. – Jessica Miller
From the moment this petite, redheaded, country-pop powerhouse steps on stage, you know she’s in a class of her own. Born and raised in the snow belt of Chardon, Ohio, Jessica grew up on classic rock and fell in love with country music when she realized she could sing at the age of 11. Since then, she’s made her mark opening for acts such as, The Charlie Daniels Band, Joe Diffie, Lee Roy Parnell, and Andy Griggs; moving on to a Warner Bros. development deal at the young age of 16. As a Nashville native now for the past 16 years, Jessica has played all the hot spots such as Tootsies, The Hard Rock, and Puckett’s. She’s grown self-made interest from labels, but still has a long way to go on her journey. With new recently written and recorded music and a new band, she’s ready to sing her heart and soul out for audiences.

2 p.m. – Rafael Vasquez & The San Rafael Band
Currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee, Rafael continues to fuse Latin Jazz with the broader adult contemporary market–taking the reigns as a leading Latin artist in Music City. His music is a unique combination of the fiery guitar lines of Santana, the classical technique of Andreas Segovia, and the soulful and gritty vocal sound reminiscent of Sting. This compelling blend of jazz, blues and rock has created a new and popular sound that combines the best of salsa, Latin jazz, and rock, perfect for the emerging Latin pop/jazz genre.

3:20 p.m. – Joe Hott
Striding confidently onto the Nashville music scene, Joe Hott is a new face and voice for a world of listeners ready to discover that “all things old become new.” The lanky 6-foot-4-inch preacher’s son found a fascination early in life with the tradition- steeped sounds of artists like Dr. Ralph Stanley, Flatt & Scruggs, Hank Williams, Sr. and Bill Monroe. This spun the fabric of Joe’s creative inspiration, formed his vocal interpretations and set the foundation for his songwriting. Now, after years of touring Appalachia and developing a musical identity of his own, Joe has earned the support of WSM Radio and a partnership with national retailer Durango Boots. His latest release, The Last Thing on My Mind, showcases the West Virginia native’s musical maturity and leaves little doubt that all things old are new again. Featuring 11 songs, a selection of both self-penned tracks and traditional favorites, the album showcases Joe’s genuine authenticity and commitment to being true to both himself and his influences.

4:30 p.m. – Tommy Jackson’s Rocky Top Revue
The dance group includes three competitive teams divided by age group that participate in clogging competitions at the state and national level. Tommy Jackson, a Franklin native and co-owner of WAKM-AM, was just inducted into America’s Clogging Hall of Fame last month after over 40 years of contributing to the dance form by competing in numerous competitions over the years and training the next generation of dancers, many of which have ultimately gone on to become a part of the renowned Grand Ole Opry Square Dancers. Jackson’s dance team is self-funded, making its money for costumes and other expenses through paid appearances at various venues throughout the year, while dance lessons and practices are free.

4:45 p.m. – Line up children for the parade (In the alley next to the garage on 4th Avenue South)

5 p.m. – Children’s parade with the Dixie Strutter’s Band

5:15 p.m. – Parade Awards, Recognitions, Dixie Strutter’s Band Old Glory Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, reading the Declaration of Independence

About The Author

Brooke Wanser is the associate editor for the Franklin Home Page, and can be reached at brooke.wanser@homepagemediagroup.com. Follow her on Twitter at @BWanser_writes or @FranklinHomepg.

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