Another Major Music Festival In The 'Boro

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The Acorn Festival is a new major event in the 'Boro that will showcase local and national indie rock, folk and Americana genres of music. The venue is the natural amphatheatre at Oaklands Park, beside the mansion.

It is co-sponsored by Cultural Arts Murfreesboro and Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation on Saturday, November 4th.

Acorn Festival's impressive six band line-up has just been released.


Opening at noon with be THE TOUCH, a Nashville, TN based band which is a Dark Synth Pop ensemble. Their sound came about when vocalist Billy Blackman put his head together with Matt Ray and his analogue synthesizers. Creating a collective of soundscapes that fit a dark setting, while still maintaining elements of dance, pop, and progressive music. When paired with the articulate push of Trey Blackman's bass and the bombastic drumming of Matt McPeak, The Touch was born. Feel the music just as much as you hear it. rn. Each track, theme, and lyric presented by The Touch is an original idea fabricated by the marriage of our minds. Feel the music just as much as you hear it.

Another Volunteer state band, THE HARDIN DRAW, takes to the stage. They have toured from New York to New Orleans and has an "outside of the box" use of traditional cord structures infused with haunting yet catchy melodies which set The Hardin Draw apart in the Americana music genre.


Following in the lineup is ROANOKE, a rising Folk/Americana band from Music City. Roanoke uses their undeniable musical chemistry to create a unique and captivating sound. Roanoke features both modern and vintage tunes that make the audience sit back and listen.

As the afternoon progresses, the ARTS FISHING CLUB offers a blend of modern indie-folk (think Gregory Alan Isakov, The Head and the Heart, and Jose Gonzales) with classic 90s jam bands (think Dave Matthews Band, Phish, OAR) to create a unique take on acoustic rock that will make you dance one moment and search your soul the next.

The fifth performance of the festival will be THE LONELY BISCUITS, an alternative rock band hailing from Nashville. The Lonely Biscuits have played on numerous festival stages such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Hangout Fest, Austin City Limits, LouFest and South by Southwest. In 2013, MTVu named The Lonely Biscuits "College Artist of the Year", and gave them the opportunity to play alongside many major acts at the MTVu Woodie Awards in Austin, Texas.

Acorn Festival organizers are proud to announce that the headliner is SHEL with the billowing curtains of sound on Just Crazy Enough, the second full length album from this indie-folk band. SHEL, will be both familiar and far-out to fans of the exciting sister quartet. The classically inspired mandolin, violin and piano are there, along with the band's glowing vocal harmonies. But also heard are ethereal textures that hover between the digital and the analog. The overall effect sheds light on their broad collection of influences, from the daring rock bands of the 60s to the contemplative composers of the 18th Century, and even the waves of modern electronica.

Mark Saturday, November 4th on your calendar for the Acorn Fest at Oakland's Park, next to the mansion. Gates open at 11:30AM with music starting at noon. A wristband is required to enter, and they're $8 when purchased in advanced at, or $10 with cash or check at the gate.

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