Spring into good music with upcoming festivals

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Rahsaan Barber

Spring has arrived in full force and is bringing welcoming temperatures to the midstate.  

Like the unseasonably warm temperatures, the music scene is showing much promise leading into the summer months.

In Murfreesboro, the next big music event is none other than Main Street’s JazzFest. This annual event is pleasing to all music lovers and provides a great backdrop for families who wish to take in a day on the Square.

Some of this year’s top performers include guitarist Denny Jiosa, vocalist Connye Florance and Rahsaan Barber and his new project, Everyday Magic. The event will take place the weekend of Friday-Sunday, May 4-6.

Another show of note before JazzFest will be Space Capone. This Nashville artist will bring ‘70s inspired grooves and a tight falsetto to the new Social club on the Square on Thursday, April 26.

Wall Street has been having some nice shows of late with groups like Glossary and Rhythm Kitchen among others; so definitely keep its calendar on your radar for the weeks ahead.

If you plan on seeing any show in April, then Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires will be one that will be well worth your nickels and dimes.

A disciple of James Brown, Bradley is every bit of cool on his latest album with songs like “The World (Is Going up in Flames)” and has the ability to cover artist like Neil Young and Nirvana.  Don’t miss him at the Exit/In on April 18 in Nashville.

On the same night as Bradley, New Orleans favorites Galactic will bring their “bounce” music to Cannery Ballroom with their new album “Carnivale Electricos.”

Other top shows at this venue will include Portugal the Man with The Lonely Forest and Jessica Lea Mayfield at Mercy Lounge in May.

The Ryman has wasted no time this year and booked a string of shows that include a mix of old, new, rock, bluegrass and everything else in between.

Feist, Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and the new addition of Fiona Apple this week will lead the charge of female voices that will be making their way through the “mother church” this spring.

Classic artist like Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Band’s Levon Helm and the trio of Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Chris Robinson or the Black Crowes and Jackie Greene will all be top choices.

Other notable acts include Vince Gill, Bela Fleck, Primus, Counting Crows, Jack White and Tenacious D. Several of these shows are sold out, but tickets are still available on ryman.com where you can check availability and prices.

If these choices aren’t enough to satisfy you until the summer, then I don’t know what it may take.

Tagged under  Arts, Entertainment, Event, Festival, Jazz, Jazzfest, Murfreesboro, Music, Nashville

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