WATERTOWN – The annual Watertown Music Festival and celebration is set to take place next weekend.
Formerly known as the Watertown Jazz Festival in past years, the event has recently broadened its musical horizons to feature all types of genres and different kinds of music and artists.
The event that attracts thousands of people each year is scheduled for July 12 at 5 p.m. and will feature live music from five different local bands and artists of all backgrounds hourly.
The line-up for the festival will begin with Delicious Blues Stew at 5 p.m. followed by Saint Luke’s Drifters at 6 p.m., the Michael Vance Trio at 7 p.m., Too Tall at 8 p.m. and Down Day at 9 p.m.
Throughout the night, there will be something for everyone.
Delicious Blues Stew is a “Bluesiana” party band covering Louisiana favorites. Saint Luke’s Drifters is a high-energy band with deep hillbilly roots and a punk twist. Down Day will bring a unique blend of country and southern-style rock, among the other artists set to perform.
Watertown’s own Michael Vance Trio will make its return to the festival again this year after their presence in the lineup for the past several years.
The festival, which is free, will be on the historic town square in the heart of Watertown.
Attendees can also expect to enjoy food vendors and craft booths set up by local artists, and local shops and restaurants will be open for start time.
Along with local attendees, many people also ride an excursion train from Nashville for the evening’s event.
A Murder Mystery Excursion Train trip will take those to the Watertown Music Festival and will show a murder mystery play performed in the train car during the trip to and from Watertown’s annual music festival.
Boarding for the train will be at 3:30 p.m., with departure at 4 p.m. from T.C. Ry Museum Station in Nashville. Arrival time back in Nashville will be around 9:45 p.m.
The trains, which are operated by the Tennessee Central Railway Museum, operate throughout the year and offer passengers a taste of nostalgia in 1950s-era passenger trains.