Local musicians compete to win a spot on Lightning 100’s 615 Stage for the Oct. 17 festival in Centennial Park
SoundHarvest Music Festival and No Country for New Nashville are pleased to announce the finalists for the Homegrown Harvest competition. Nashville bands Easy Roscoe, James & the Wild Spirit, Luisa Lopez, Mote, and Nodaway will challenge each other during a live show at Acme Feed & Seed on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The bands will be competing for a spot on Lightning 100’s 615 Stage at SoundHarvest on Saturday, Oct. 17, on the Parthenon Lawn at Centennial Park, that will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. that day.
Easy Roscoe aims to bring the fun back to rock music. The five friends draw on their easy-going relationship to craft their presence on stage – and also add instrumentation, such as ukulele and trumpet, to create a party-like feel.
James and the Wild Spirit is a gunslingin’ indie rock band, led by singer-songwriter James Templeton. Their music is the perfect soundtrack to a western – set in a faraway galaxy.
Luisa Lopez’s music started off as a dare and a prayer. Originally from Texas, her influences range from family and God, to more taboo subjects like smoking, as depicted in her 2010 release “Cigarettes and Other Dirges….” With her effortless melodies and lyrical honesty, Luisa’s music matches modern-day soul with classic country.
Mote is a blend of several American and world styles under the guise of pop music. They are a combination of provocative, conscious, literarily creative lyrics, and compelling sounds. The intelligent cosmic superfunk collides with wild punk rock energy during their live show, and their “Thrive” EP is making waves in the Nashville underground scene and beyond.
Nodaway, the hypnotic brainchild of Chris Jobe, takes an eclectic approach at indie rock. Having recently released their “500 Days of Whatever” EP, the band invents stylish indie music with dance-laden rhythms, catchy crooner vocals, and cryptic yet outgoing lyrics.
The finalists of the Homegrown Harvest will play during a show at Acme Feed & Seed on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Judges for the competition include No Country for New Nashville Managing Director, Matt Hall; The Nashville Scene Music Editor, Adam Gold; Program Director for Acme Radio, Justin Hammel; War Memorial Auditorium Marketing Manager, Olivia Christian; and a representative from Lightning 100. Their scores will combine with a crowd participation portion to determine which artist receives the coveted spot on Lightning 100’s 615 Stage, as well as a War Memorial Auditorium Attic Session taping. Bands are encouraged to bring their fans – the audience makes up a sixth of the final score.
“The team was automatically drawn to these bands based on their unique and diverse talent,” said SoundHarvest Music Festival Director, Monica Copciac. “These local bands represent the music scene in Nashville aside from the country music genre, and we are proud to have a hand in showcasing them.”
SoundHarvest Music Festival is sponsored in part by Bluewater Music, Lightning 100, Musicians Corner, Sarah and David Ingram, Ticketfly, D&D Events, The Nashville Scene, Do615, BMI, SESAC, The Vanderbilt Hustler, and War Memorial Auditorium. Thistle Farms and The Cumberland River Compact will be onsite as part of SoundHarvest’s local non-profit spotlight.
Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door and are available for purchase via Ticketfly or www.soundharvest.com. There will also be a limited number of $100 advance /$150 door VIP tickets available that include a private viewing area with catering, exclusive bar, and private restrooms.
The Attic Sessions is an ongoing series of short films focused on emerging artists and touring musicians. Filmed in the “Attic Lounge,” an eclectic, private room in Nashville’s historic War Memorial Auditorium, the sessions feature signature, acoustic performances and intimate discussions with the artists about their song craft and inspirations. The candid documentaries represent the auditorium’s deep commitment to showcasing both songwriters and the writing process, both of which are at the foundation of Nashville’s iconic music scene. For more information, visit WMARocks.com or TheAtticSessions.com.
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