Watertown Music and Arts Festival to celebrate 20th birthday

Staff Reports • Updated Jul 8, 2016 at 2:30 PM

The smooth sounds of jazz and blues will once again drift across the public square Saturday at the Watertown Music and Arts Festival – the event’s 20th year.

While music remains the mainstay, the festival has evolved to offer a broader experience to appeal to all ages and interests with Artists’ Alley that will feature painters with acrylics or oils on canvas to a nationally recognized jewelry craftsman to handcrafted furniture, plus a children’s play area with bounce houses and a puppet show.

Underwritten by corporate, small business and individual donations, admission to the afternoon and evening concert is free.

Starting at 3 p.m., the opening act will be the Support Group, an accordion trio with Jeff Taylor, Jeff Lisenby and Michael Zikovich. Lillie Syracuse takes the stage at 4 p.m. with her bluesy sound, followed by the big-band beat of the Mt. Juliet-based 19-piece Jazz Alliance. Trombonist David L. Harris will bring his quartet to Watertown for his debut appearance at 6 p.m. 

The popular Vantrease Jazz Band, with its Watertown roots, will make a long-awaited return to the Music Fest at 7 p.m. Americana trio Sugar Lime Blue will bring its purely unique sound to the stage at 8 p.m. 

Wrapping up the night at 9 p.m. will be the Lebanon-based Blues Brokers, a 10-piece soul band with a full horn section and killer vocalists who create a high-energy atmosphere that will have folks dancing in the streets.

In addition to providing music to feed the soul, several food vendors will be on hand, along with local restaurants, to serve up treats to satisfy the appetite.

Around and off the square and along Sparta Pike are several restaurants for those who come early and enjoy lunch before settling in to enjoy the entertainment or to browse Artists’ Alley. 

Bring lawn chairs and a hat or small shade umbrella. There will be limited seating available, and the square is a sunny place.

Artists who will be display their works include Thornton Metals, Jenn Cole Ceramics, William Hunter, Jim McRoberts Jr., Bill Pugh and Michael Summers. Others may be added.

For more information, contact Gabrielle Hardy at 615-987-1490.


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