This year, in addition to the regularly planned concerts, a free community festival will be staged Saturday, June 15 to continue the Brentwood’s 50th birthday celebration.
BrentFest will include food trucks, a kids' zone, beer garden and live music from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Kicking off the live music at 3 p.m. will be Conner Smith, a recent graduate of Brentwood Academy. The 18-year-old Brentwood resident grew up playing on the ballfields at Crockett Park. It seems fitting that this up-and-coming entertainer will take the stage to perform for the city where he grew up.
He recently signed a major publishing deal with hit songwriters Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell’s Tape Room Music. Smith will be on tour this summer at several music festivals including Riverbend in Chattanooga, Windy City Smokeout in Chicago and Wisconsin’s County Boom festival.
This past year, Smith opened for artists Sam Hunt, Kane Brown and Kip Moore. Juggling music, school and a love for baseball, he was also a standout on the baseball field for the Brentwood Academy Eagles.
Smith describes baseball as his “first love.” He dreamed of playing professionally, but music was always there and at the heart of his life.
“When I was 7, my mom took me to a Kenney Chesney concert after a baseball game. Music has always been a passion,” he said.
The tipping point in acknowledging that his passion for music outdistanced his love of baseball was when it occurred to him that he was writing songs while he in the outfield.
He played both catcher and center field for the Eagles. The team’s head coach, Chandler Ganicks, said Smith was integral to the team.
“His was a unique situation; he had to juggle so much. He led in hitting and was a key part of our defense,” said Ganicks.
Most days, Smith attended class in the morning, wrote music and attended management meetings in the afternoon, only to return to school for practice and games.
“My friends and teachers at Brentwood Academy have all been so supportive this entire school year,” said the young athlete and musician. “I know they will be excited to hear that a hometown show has been added to my summer schedule.”
The support goes both ways.
“Conner always supported his school, his classmates, and while some might have focused on their own career, he showed up and was there for his school,” says Ganicks.
Jenny Oldham, director of Brentwood Academy Singers, has watched firsthand as Smith’s gift of songwriting and performing grew into a full-blown music career.
“Conner has always had a passion for storytelling through music,” she said. “His need to write and perform has forged a clear path for him, and he has been intentional about preparing himself for the opportunities that have come his way. I have never known him to struggle with nerves.
“He has a natural affinity for the stage and has always been more focused on communicating the message he wanted to convey than worrying about the spotlight, yet, when you watch him perform, you are aware he is totally in his element.”
What can you expect if you come out to hear Smith perform?
“My producer and I are working on a set list. It will be a mix of my original songs with some cover music. It’s exciting to share new and unreleased music with my hometown,” he said.
To learn more about Smith’s music and performance dates, visit his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/connersmithmusic.
Next up on the lineup…
The Guilty Pleasures Band will take the stage from 4 to 6 p.m. They are best known for playing covers of favorite songs from the late 1970s through the early ’90s, and they have been bringing the party in and around Nashville since 2001.
Cruizin Keys, a rock and roll piano pair, will play from 6 to 7 p.m. They will take song requests. They say, “everyone will want to sing and dance.”
At 7 p.m., Tim Akers and the Smoking Section will take the stage as the headliner. Akers is a keyboard player and band leader, a songwriter, arranger and producer. He lives in Nashville.
“We are so excited to play BrentFest," said Akers. "We hope you join us in celebrating Brentwood’s 50th birthday while we play all the funkiest, danciest music you’ve ever heard. We will throw down some Earth, Wind and Fire, Donna Summer, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder and a whole lot more. Bring your dancin’ shoes, because we don’t play no slow songs.”
BrentFest offers a community day with something for everyone.
Beyond the live music, attendees may sip on a cold beer, cider or seltzer in the beer garden. Rhizome Productions company will manage the beer tent. Alcohol will be served to those who are 21 years of age and older with a valid I.D. Wristbands will be issued.
The beer garden will accept cash or credit and debit cards. Drinks are $8 each.
Families will love the kids’ zone. The area will be filled with inflatables, games, face painting and balloon art. There’s even an inflatable geared for toddler-aged children.
Bring your appetites. Food trucks will fill two areas; one will offer sweet and the other savory.
All in all, it will be a fun-filled afternoon and evening centered around celebrating the city of Brentwood. To learn more about BrentFest or the city’s birthday events, visit www.brentwoodtn50.com
BrentFest is an event planned by the Brentwood Steering Committee. The final event of the year will be Rendezvous at Ravenswood Mansion in Smith Park.
The yearlong celebration is made possible thanks to the generosity of community businesses and individuals. Tractor Supply is the Presenting Sponsor; Andrews Transportation Group, Brentwood Academy, Brookdale and LBMC are Platinum Sponsors. Hill Center and Core Civic are Gold Sponsors.
To see a complete list of sponsors, visit www.brentwoodtn50.com
Interested in the summer concert series? All concerts are held on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. Food trucks will be available before each concert.
2019 Brentwood Summer Concert Series Lineup
June 9- Rubiks Groove
June 15 – BrentFest (start time 3 p.m.)
June 23 – Sixwire
July 4 – Red, White and Boom in Brentwood featuring The Kadillacs
July 14 – South Street Players
Visit www.brentwoodtn.gov for information.