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Summer of Music series in full swing

Laurie Everett • Dec 15, 2015 at 11:33 AM

A summer of music, theatre and the arts sponsored by the Arts Alliance is in full swing in Mt. Juliet with special events scheduled for the next three months.

Just on the heels of a highly successful performance at Centennial Park in Nashville, the Jazz Alliance will put on the same show at Charlie Daniels Park on Aug. 3 at 6 p.m.

Arts Alliance Director Gary Rabideau said thousands attended the Nashville concert and he is pleased to bring the show to Mt. Juliet.

"I encourage everyone to bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the show," he said. "We will play two sets until 8:30 p.m."

They will play big band, swing, modern and some selections from the group Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears and more.

Rabideau said he thinks the new concession stand will be open that night at the park. The last time they played at Charlie Daniels in June, more than 150 people came to enjoy.

"I think we'll have many more this time once the word got out," said Rabideau.

The alliance has something new for the Mt. Juliet area with the planned singer/songwriter night at Charlie Daniels Park on Sept. 7.

"We know we  have a huge amount of talent in Wilson County as part of the Nashville scene," said Rabideau. "There are a lot of songwriters whom live among us and we'd like to provide a platform for them to perform in their own community. We want them to come and talk to us and we'd love to spotlight them."

He said the songwriters and singers will have a 15-to-30-minute spot to perform their original songs. He said he hopes the songwriters will share with the crowd what inspired their songs and explain the though process, feelings and emotions. There are some writers already signed up and soon the alliance will release a roster of those who will perform that night.

The series of entertainment will wrap-up Oct. 5 with a performance by the Cedar Creek Community Band. It's a 55-piece concert band made up of many local musicians. There are brass and woodwinds sections.

"They will play a great mix of modern music," said Rabideau.

He said this inaugural summer series has been very popular in the community.

"We are very encouraged with the participation," he said. "We want everyone to have a good time. We've got a great venue at the park."

The Arts Alliance was formed in 2009.

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