Over the past decade, Musicians Corner has brought a heap of free concerts to Centennial Park, with an array of guest performers from rising local rock and folk acts to legends like The Fairfield Four and Dr. Ralph Stanley. Festival organizers went above and beyond with the 2018 lineup, which we recognized as the Best Festival Programming Upgrade in our Best of Nashville issue. It seems they’re following the pattern with this year’s festival, running Fridays and Saturdays from May 10 through June 29.
Some highlights include appearances by The Watson Twins and Becca Mancari on the very first weekend and a Single Lock Records showcase headlined by the label’s co-founder John Paul White on the very last. The many outstanding locals featured run the gamut from rockers to pop artists to country champs: Look out for Soccer Mommy, Bantug, Kyshona Armstrong, Idle Bloom, Lilly Hiatt, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Erin Rae, Teddy and the Rough Riders and Joshua Hedley, among others. Like last year, there’s a special Thursday appearance by the multiple-Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony. And the aforementioned White, Syria-born and California-residing folk musician Bedouine and roots-and-soul bandleader Pokey LaFarge are among the touring guests.