September 29, 2021
The blues takes center stage in the country on Saturday, October 2 for some home fun under the stars at the inaugural Center Hill Blues Fest. The family friendly event will take place at the Burlap Room Beer Garden and Tap Room on the scenic grounds of the Bert Driver Nursery in Smithville, DeKalb County.
“We are delighted to have Jackie Venson headlining our inaugural Blues Fest,” said event organizer and host Bert Driver. “She carries on the tradition of Texas greats like Lightnin ‘Hopkins and Stevie Rae Vaughan with her own unique style of guitar and vocals.”
Venson (www.jackievenson.com) has appeared on Austin City Limits in his hometown, has released several critically acclaimed albums, and is currently on a nationwide tour. She takes the stage around 8pm, supported by drummer Rodney “Rodzilla” Hyder. The music begins around 6 p.m. when the forerunners, Few Miles On (www.fewmilesonband.com), a power trio from Cookeville, uplift the festivities with their
Southern blues groove.
“Throughout the year at events like Earth Day, Lake Fest, Hemp Fest and Crawfish Boil
we have put forward a range of American musical traditions: bluegrass, southern rock and classical,
R&B, jazz and the sounds of New Orleans, ”says Driver. “The blues is the root of all, and with
Center Hill Blues Fest, we want to give this seminal style the celebration it deserves.
Representatives from the new Museum of African American Music in Nashville (www.nmaam.org)
also be there to promote the museum and its specific mission during the Blues Fest. “Were
proud to have the opportunity to help promote a museum dedicated to music and
artists we all love, ”says Driver.
The doors to Center Hill Blues Fest open at 4:00 p.m. The music starts around 6:00 p.m. with
Jackie Venson is expected to take the stage around 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 615-597-9560.