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The 2nd Annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival will take place in beautiful Blackburn Park on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3. Not only will attendees enjoy the Arts & Crafts Market, Children’s Village, 5K Run presented by Xfinity, Pet World and Pet Parade, there will be musical performances throughout the weekend from some of today’s hottest bands. And admission is FREE.
Here’s a look at just three groups that will hit the stage at the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival:
The Whiskey Gentry has a rich, warm sound blending country, rock, folk, Americana and bluegrass that will have you singing along in no time. Paste Magazine says they are a “toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass…with a punk-inspired kick drum.”
Initially a quintet formed by husband and wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow, the band’s debut album in 2011 Please Make Welcome became a critically-acclaimed success, launching the Atlanta-based band nationally. They have since expanded, adding Chesley Lowe on banjo, Sammy Griffin on bass, Price Cannon on drums, Michael Smith on mandolin, and Rurik Nunan on fiddle. The Whiskey Gentry’s latest album, Holly Grove, continues winning over new fans.
The spotlight on Nashville, with its musical values and timeless traditions, is currently bright. And no band embodies 21st century Nashville more than the quintet known as Humming House. It’s the way they weave together threads of Music City’s folk, soul, and bluegrass legacies. It’s their inspirational and revealing songwriting. It’s in their acoustic instrumentation, presenting mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar and bass in fresh roles. But it’s the soulful and soaring vocals that are the emotional core and lure of Humming House.
The Southern Gothic was started in 2007 by frontman and songwriter S.M. Connor, bringing their unique brand of sunbaked, road-worn country, southern rock & soul to countless stages across the US. When not headlining, they’ve shared stages with artists such as Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Big & Rich, Zac Brown Band, Uncle Kracker, Corey Smith, ZZ Top, Heart and more. The diverse nature of the artists with whom they’ve toured reflects the diversity of the band’s sound. “It works,” says Connor in regard to the varying audiences. “We’ve played to country crowds, rock crowds, young crowds, old crowds. The response with all of them has been fantastic.”
Fantastic enough for Billboard Magazine to notice. The Southern Gothic was named “Artist on the Verge” in Billboard’s Best Bets after debuting #1 on its Heat Seekers List. 2013 saw the band’s hit single “Sheets Down” stay on the fan-voted CMT Pure Countdown for four weeks, resulting in 60k views on YouTube. The band recently headed to its new home of Nashville to start work on their 3rd album to be released later this summer.
The Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival Music Performance Schedule is as follows:
Saturday, April 2
6:00pm The Whiskey Gentry
4:30pm Wesley Cook
3:00pm Migrant Worker
1:30pm Disco Tendencies
Sunday, April 3
4:30pm Humming House
3:00pm The Southern Gothic
1:30pm The Pussywillows
The Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival will take place in beautiful Blackburn Park on Saturday, April 2 from 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday, April 3 from 11 am to 6 pm. Blackburn Park is conveniently located off the Ashford-Dunwoody Exit on I-285 at 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Brookhaven, GA 30319.
Sponsors for the 2016 Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival include the City of Brookhaven, XFINITY, Discover DeKalb, Perimeter Summit, Universal Tennis Academy, Brookhaven Children’s Dentistry, Perimeter CID, Goose Island Beer Company, Town Brookhaven, PURE taqueria – Brookhaven, Brookleigh Flats and KURIOS by Cirque du Soleil. Big Peach Running Co. is a Festival Partner. Atlanta Parent, Dunwoody Crier, Brookhaven Post, Brookhaven Reporter and Atlanta Pet Life are Media Partners.
Social Media: Follow @brookcherryfest on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram and use hashtag #blossom16. For full event schedule, run registration, Pet Parade registration, parking and transportation options, and festival updates visit: http://www.brookcherryfest.org/.
The Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival is presented by the City of Brookhaven and produced by The NUN Group.
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