"LIVE AT THE MUSIC MAKERS STAGE" A bimonthly LIVE SERIES event on Friday nights!
In-Person attendees at our Music Makers Stage are encouraged to wear masks, but it is no longer required.
The Music Makers Stage is a small, intimate live event space with virtual capabilities. The venue capacity is up to 50 with chairs, up to 75 standing. We also have the capability of opening our bay window and overflowing into the parking lot. It's a perfect space for your next show, album release, staff party, or special gathering. Contact us today!
FOR AMERICANAFEST PASSHOLDERS
Equal Access: presented by CMT, mTheory, & Nashville Music Equality
The Equal Access initiative is designed to empower artists from underrepresented communities. Featuring performances by Denitia, Gina Venier, Bella White and Nat Myer.
Unofficial Americanafest show -
Nashville-based Americana artist Lynn Taylor has an uncanny knack for composing narratives that detail a two-edged razor, tackling — and even celebrating — both life’s angels and devils in one swoop. On his third release with band the BarFlies, Staggered, Taylor continues to flex this talent, this time revealing a staggeringly personal side. The majority of the record was written by Taylor, with his favorite songwriting pal Larry O’Brien — who teamed for what developed out to be a narrative of the emotions surrounding deep grief.
The Montrose Duo was formed in 2020 when oboist Jared Hauser and guitarist Richard Todd came together to perform and record Peter Dayton’s Mar de Lurín, one of a relatively small number of original works for oboe and guitar. Hauser and Todd have since sought to expand the duo’s repertoire, both by encouraging the creation of new works and by arranging existing compositions. Subsequently, they have performed together across the Southeastern United States, recorded for the record label BGR, and released several widely applauded videos of their arrangements.
Oboist Jared Hauser has been described as “melodious and spontaneous” by ArtsNash, and as a “sensitive, elegant soloist” with a “subtle refined style” by Gramaphone Magazine. He serves as Associate Professor of Oboe at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, and maintains an international stature as performing and teaching artist. In Nashville, Jared regularly performs as principal oboe of the Nashville Opera’s orchestra, with the Blair Woodwind Quintet, Montrose Duo, and Music City Baroque. A multi-genre artist, Jared’s recent performance repertoire includes not just a wide variety of classical and contemporary works, but jazz and music of the world. Jared continually pushes the boundaries of his instrument’s repertoire and capabilities by including electro-acoustic elements in his performances. An active recording artist, Hauser has released several highly acclaimed solo and chamber music CDs for BGR and Naxos, and can also be heard on recordings from Koch International, AUR, Gemini and Eroica Records; and has been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today, CBC/Radio Canada and BBC Radio 3.
Guitarist Richard Todd maintains an active performing career, having played at numerous national and international festivals throughout the U.S, Italy, Slovenia and Canada. Soundboard Magazine has described his playing as “subtly brilliant,” displaying “rich tone, effortless phrasing and a masterful use of silence.” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram noted his playing for its “considerable energy and impressive virtuosity.” He serves as Associate Professor of Music at Tennessee State University and as Adjunct Associate Professor of Music at Vanderbilt University. He also serves as President of Classical Guitar Nashville (www.classicalguitarnashville.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering guitar artistry, outreach and education in the Greater Nashville area.
John and Julie decided to combine their musical talents in the early days of 2010 and begin performing together as a musical duo. Both have considerable song writing accomplishments associated with their names, as well as a significant log of time as performing musicians(Alison Krauss, Vassar Clements, Harley Allen, Charlie Sizemore) For their live shows, John and Julie primarily play their guitars and sing, but also contribute upright bass, dulcimer, trumpet, and banjo to their performances. With an emphasis on new, original material, their combined talents reflect the work of two people devoted to the writing and performance of roots based music(i.e. bluegrass, swing, rockabilly, country, blues and folk) with some popular elements and influences thrown in. They currently have a 7 song EP(Julie and John Pennell) and a full album/cd(You Can’t Have It All), released and are working on recording their third collection of newly written songs. They just completed a tour of Texas, New Mexico and Colorado in June, 2023 and are looking forward to series of performances in Nashville and East Tennessee in October and November this year.
Julie and John also work as workshop/seminar hosts for various artists whose work they find inspiring: The Beatles, Hazel Dickens, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot and others in an ever expanding list of great songwriters and songwriting teams.