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13th Annual NashBash Music Festival

Thursday, Aug 22, 2019 at 5:00pm

Ann Arbor Farmers Market
315 Detroit Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Music City comes to Tree Town for the 13th year in a row as Nashville singer/songwriter Jerry Vandiver headlines the Nashbash Music Festival. Set in the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, the event features a roster of first-class national and local performers in an intimate neighborhood atmosphere, making Kerrytown the place to be ona Thursday evening during the dog days of summer. Headliner Vandiver has penned hits for Tim McGraw, Barbara Mandrell, Lonestar and many others. He’s a seasoned performer with frequent appearances at the famed Bluebird Café in Nashville among scores of other venues. The Nashbash roster this year also features localheadliner Hoodang, as well as The Judy Banker Band, Cold Tone Harvest, Bill Edwards, The Whiskey Charmers and Kevin Brown of Corndaddy.

Award-winning Live Music • BBQ plus other choices • Beer & Wine

Nashbash takes place in the Ann Arbor Farmers Market and is free and open to the public. Food and drinks (including beer and wine) will be available, along with barbeque and other food items. Amplecovered seating is provided for all.


JERRY VANDIVER - Since making the move from Kansas City to Nashville, Jerry has seen his songs recorded by such artists as Tim McGraw, Phil Vassar, Lonestar, Barbara Mandrell, Lee Greenwood and The Oak Ridge Boys to name a few. He scored a Top 5 single on Gene Watson's Don't Waste It On The Blues, a Top 20 on Wild Rose's Go Down Swingin' and #2 on Tim McGraw's For A Little While. Thanks to these artists, Jerry has songs on over 15 million records, two of which are hanging on the walls of the Country Music Hall of Fame.Jerry can be heard regularly at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, The Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame's Songwriter Series and NSAI's Tin Pan South. He is also a regular presenter/speaker at NSAI's Spring Training, Songposium and Song Camps as well as their Thursday night workshops.

HOODANG - Founded in 2003, Ann Arbor-based, genre-busting Hoodang has been tapping into that gleaming vein of sonic gold that travels back into the early part of the last century. Drawing inspiration from the tradition of English murder ballads, hardcore country music, and careful-you'll-cut-yourself electric blues, the band plays a rich amalgam of strikingly original American roots music that is alternately pensive and seriously rocking. Hoodang is David Rossiter, Dave Keeney, Ralph McKee, John Crawford, and Sophia Hanifi.

THE JUDY BANKER BAND – Judy has been picking and singing since her father proudly brought home a huge used Kay guitar he picked up for $50 somewhere when she was 10. Folk music was her first love and she found herself performing songs like Greenback Dollar and House of the Rising Sun alone with just that Kay guitar or with friends in school auditoriums, at summer camp talent shows and anywhere she could find an audience. Judy met and married John Sayler, the love of her life, in the mid-80's. John had a serious penchant for folk music, especially labor songs, and he played the guitar and dobro, so it was a match made in heaven. Their happiest musical experience was playing with their good friend Jay Stielstra over the past 5 years as part of the Jay Stielstra Trio. Judy’s new CD, Buffalo Motel will be released in the fall of 2019. It features some of the best musicians in Michigan, Judy’s thoughtful, perfectly crafted original songs and her stellar voice.

COLD TONE HARVEST - Southeast Michigan quartet Cold Tone Harvest is no stranger to the slow burn. Even the name evokes the reflective, stock-taking wistfulness of a Midwest autumn, but strangely devoid of the warmth savored in the browns of falling leaves and the rich orange sunsets that soothe us into winter. The paradoxical name proves itself uncannily fitting, as expertly delivered Americana tropes and soundscapes gradually crack at the seams, revealing a shimmering sliver of something else entirely. Country-infused melodies and rhythms lace with a lush ambience often reserved for the loneliest of instrumental compositions. Rich and rugged baritone vocals, clearly suited to whiskey songs and heartache anthems, instead turn their howls and growls towards brave and poetic lyric territory rarely found in a common folk or bluegrass outings.

BILL EDWARDS –Bill Edwards has been writing award-winning songs for a long time. A past winner of the Billboard™ Song Contest in the country category, his music has been covered by others and heard on the big and small screen. He performs regularly in the Ann Arbor area. His new record “Sounds Like Love” (available at Nashbash) is hand-made, all-original, and all-acoustic. Bill will perform many of the songs from the new album at Nashbash.

THE WHISKEY CHARMERS -The Whiskey Charmers is a Detroit-based Americana band led by Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa. Fans have often compared their sound to riding through the desert with the top down. They have released two full-length albums and are in the process of recording a third. Mike McGonigal of the Detroit Metro Times says, “There might be a plethora of Americana/ roots-infused acts in the greater Detroit area, but the Whiskey Charmers are a real cut above”.

KEVIN BROWN –Kevin has honed his craft through years of songwriting and hundreds of shows at bars, festivals and backyard barbecues. You'll hear hints of Willie Nelson, the Stones, the Byrds, Buck Owens, Beck and Otis Redding. Songs touch on the search for meaning in everyday life, lessons learned as time goes by, river worship, loves now and long ago and legends and lore we've heard and imagined.

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