Friday, October 12th
Farmers Market Pavilion
10:30am Westhills Chorus
11:00am Westhills Chorus
On the Main Stage:
5:45 pm Hillary Klug
6:30 Sarina Joi – American Idol Finalist
8:00 pm Tyler Farr
Saturday, October 14th
On the Main Stage:
11:45 am Rocky Valley Cloggers – street level in front of main stage
12:30 pm The Wenztel Brothers Band
1:30 Michael Moore
2:30 Hillary Klug
4:00 Kayla Woodson
5:00 Johnny Hays & the Loveseats – The Voice Finalist
6:30 Jimmie Allen
8:00 Craig Campbell
The Wentzel Brothers Band
The Origins of the Wentzel Brothers Band can all be traced back to founder Ivan Wentzel. Ivan suffered a devastating back injury on the Forrest High school wrestling team during wrestling season in the year of 2014. Having ruptured two discs in his lower back he was forced to accept the fact that he wouldn’t be able to wrestle his senior year. Because of complications with the doctors who seemed to have a problem diagnosing the issue not to mention wait time for surgery and recovery time, he was barely able to walk for months. He was forced to fall back on his love for music to occupy his time and distract his mind from the constant pain from his injury.
He did have an old drum-set that he basically knew how to play but ended up picking up guitar instead for the ease of play. Coming from a music loving family it seemed obvious what sort of music to start learning. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top all these bands and many more that he had been exposed to at a young age through his parents. Not long after picking up the instrument Ivan decided that it was time to form a band.
One of the first people to come over was a friend from the same class Jacob Newcomb. Jacob had some experience playing clarinet in the school marching band but was not really familiar with any instruments that would be used in a traditional rock band. Ivan with his fathers consent was able to loan Jacob Newcomb a bass guitar in which he was happy to learn in an amazingly short amount of time. Now that Ivan started to see that a band might actually be possible, he knew that guitar would never be the right instrument for him. Drums were the instrument that he loved the most so he asked his younger brother Issac Wentzel to take on the responsibility of lead guitar and vocals.Issac having no experience in either proudly took on the responsibility. Issac was a natural singer.
Now that the band was complete it was time to get to work. They immediately began gigging and working on their first studio album. The name “The Wentzel Brothers Band was not chosen but given to them by fans a The Rats Nest Campground (a venue they regularly played). They recorded their debut album, ”Flatcreek Road” at Blackbird Studios only six months after forming.
The Wentzel Brothers sound is constantly developing. Every member is always becoming more and more proficient in their strongest fields: Ivan Wentzel-drums, vocals, lyrics, arrangements; Issac Wentzel-lead guitar, lead vocal, vocal melodies; Jacob Newcomb-upright bass/bass guitar, backing vocals. In conclusion, The Wentzel Brothers Band does not disappoint!!!! The band is always striving for perfection in their music and performances. They are one of the most exciting talented and innovative new groups on the music scene today. They keep the energy, fun, and creativity of a young band and fuse that with familiar sounds and themes from classic and southern rock, not to mention, folk, blues, and country.
Michael Moore began his singing career at a very early age in his home state of Kentucky. He grew up singing in church and at local talent competitions until he was old enough to take his talent to Music City.
The now-Nashville resident enjoys performing for audiences of all ages. He was lead singer for the largest country music hall in the United States at Wild Bills in Atlanta , where he opened for many of Nashville’s finest including: Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Billy Currington, Billy Ray Cyrus, Chris Cagle, Rick Springfield, Eric Church, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, and many more.
He was a regional winner in the 2002 Nashville Star TV talent show, getting to showcase his talents in Kansas City. 2013 found Michael nominated for four Nashville Universe Awards. In 2014 he received his first winning song of the year. More success followed in 2015 with the nomination of three more awards, and a win in the Male Vocalist of the Year category. One thing is for sure…whether your rockin’ with Michael during one of his high energy numbers or swaying along as he belts out one of his smooth ballads, you’re sure to become a loyal fan.
Hillary Klug is know for her simultaneous fiddling and dancing performances. Born and raised in Middle Tennessee, she started fiddling as a youngster at square dances and festivals, and she developed a dance style that would win the National Buck Dance Championship. Her performances have taken her to South America, the Caribbean, and Europe, and she’s opened for various artists including Lee Ann Womack and Charlie Daniels. She released her self-titled debut album in summer 2018 which features her own arrangements of traditional old-time fiddle tunes and also an original tune, “Le Petit Chat Gris.”
With musical roots in country, rock, and soul, Kayla Woodson’s influences range from Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder to Journey and Guns ‘N Roses, and country stars like Dolly Parton and Carrie Underwood. Combining her powerful vocals with her strong stage presence, Kayla has perfected her live show and started to make her mark on Music City. From a spur of the moment opportunity to jump on stage and perform with Lady Antebellum to mentions on national and local radio shows, Nashville is taking notice.
Growing up in the small town of Waggaman, Louisiana, Kayla was a little girl with a big voice and a love for the stage. At age seven, she started playing the Texas/Louisiana Opry circuit and, by age ten, she was fronting her own band and performing at parades, parties, and festivals across the region. In 2004, Kayla took her talents to Italy to train at the Bocelli School of Music then later that year to Romania to represent the United States at the Golden Star Children’s International Talent Fest, where she took 2nd place in the world. By age fifteen, Kayla was writing her own music and released an album titled I’m Movin’ On, which included four of her original songs. In the fall of 2012, Kayla took a leap of faith and made the move to Nashville to study at Belmont University following the footsteps of country superstars and Belmont alumni such as Trisha Yearwood, Brad Paisley, and Lee Ann Womack. 2015 was a whirlwind year for Kayla that included her first performance on the Hard Rock stage at CMA Music Fest, shows with her band up and down Nashville’s famed Broadway, and the release of her first single “Fan for the Flame” to country radio.
Since moving to Music City, Kayla has taken the time to focus on and develop her songwriting. She released her self-titled EP in April of 2016. The Kayla Woodson – EP is a collection of five original songs, written or co-written by Kayla. Having had her hand in every aspect of the creation of this project, Kayla is confident that it represents the artist into which she has matured.
Sarina-Joi was born and raised in Columbia, TN where she began singing at the age of 7 and performing at the age of 10. She is most known for her appearance on Season 14 of American Idol as a Top 12 Finalist. Throughout her career and whilst appearing on American Idol, she has performed in many settings including The Commodores Lounge (Nashville, TN), Legends of Columbia (Columbia, TN), The Filmore (Detroit, MI), The Dolby Theatre (Hollywood, CA), The Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA), and The Rhyman Auditorium (Nashville, TN). Sarina-Joi plays acoustic guitar and writes original music, gearing up to record an upcoming EP while also preparing for the upcoming short-film Wobbly, where she will be voicing the title character. She is also the current frontwoman of her band Blaque Top Blonde.
Johnny Hayes originally moved to Nashville in 2011 to play and write with some of the world’s most talented songwriters and performing artists. After a couple of years of honing his craft while performing at numerous writers rounds and showcases, Johnny formed the band, “Johnny Hayes & The LoveSeats”.
In 2017, Johnny successfully auditioned for Season 12 of NBC’s The Voice, performing a rendition of Otis Redding’s classic cover “Try a Little Tenderness”. Johnny immediately caught the attention of Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine, getting two chair turns and a spot on Team Adam where he advanced to the top 24.
Since his multiple appearances on The Voice, Johnny has been touring with the Loveseats in support of their debut self titled full length release, “Johnny Hayes & the LoveSeats”, presenting their unique brand of southern dipped rock ’n soul tunes, recently making an appearance in the 2018 SouthSounds Music Festival opening for Big Machine Record Label’s Delta Rae.
2018 has been full of new and exciting strides with the band playing in this year’s Blues, Brews, and Barbecue Festival in Allentown, PA, along side major blues artists such as Samantha Fish. They were also chosen to play in the biggest free music festival in the U.S, 2018 MusikFest, sharing a bill with acts such as Jason Mraz, and Gary Clark Jr. Their latest independent album can be found on Spotify, iTunes, and all digital platforms.