30th Annual Franklin Main Street Festival

Downtown Franklin’s 30th annual Main Street Festival returns April 27-28, 2013. The two-day weekend event will feature more than 200 artisans & crafters, three stages, two carnivals and an international food court.

The free street festival will begin on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Fourth Avenue Street Dance will continue until 10 p.m. Saturday night.  Activities will re-open Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. For parking and transportation details, and other information, click here.

Main Street Festival is presented by First Tennessee and produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and the Downtown Franklin Association. Joining as a major sponsor this year is Mars Petcare and Pedigree pet foods.

There are two stages: one at First Tennessee on the Public Square by City Hall and another at 4th Avenue North.

The First Tennessee Stage operates 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. At 4th Avenue North, hours are 10 a.m. until 10 p.mSaturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. At the Beer Tent stage on 4th Avenue South, a DJ will spin from Noon until 10 p.m. Saturday and Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday ,  April 27 2013

City Hall Stage

9:30 a.m.    Recorded music plays

9:50 a.m.    Ribbon Cutting

10:00 a.m.  Ann Carroll School of Dance

11:15 a.m.  Columbia State’s Commercial Entertainment Program Performers

11:30 p.m.  In Motion Dance Company

12:30 p.m.  Scott Ellis School of Dance 

1:15 p.m.  Tommy Jackson’s “Rocky Top Revue”

watch them here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSdRlex7L7s

2:15 p.m.  Marty Crum’s Bluegrass Allstars 

3:30 p.m.  All  That Dance

5:00 p.m. Leiper’s Fork Bluegrass

The Leiper’s Fork Bluegrass Group consist of five musicians that comprise of a five string banjo, mandolin,  rhythm guitar, acoustic upright bass, and fiddle.   A great endeavor and emphasis are endowed to the four part harmony created by the group.  Whether it be a good ole foot stomping hand clapping or gospel bluegrass song the group strives to perform and enlighten a song with some of the best picking and harmonies that can be heard today.  An uncommon mix of talent is driven by the unforeseen years of musical experience the group encompasses.  Leiper’s Fork Bluegrass released their first all Gospel CD entitled Rough Side of the Mountain in 2007 and the second CD entitled My Ole Susabell was released March of 2008 and the third and fourth CDs entitled Sign of the Times and Rise and Walk were released in April of 2010.

watch them here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsUbt4jjSH8

4th Avenue North Stage

 10:00 a.m.  O’Brien School of Irish Dance      

11:00 a.m.  Franklin School of Performing Arts

11:30 a.m.  Moore Elementary “Eagle Jump Force” Jump Rope Team

12:00   Oak View Jump Rope Team 

12:45 p.m.  The Bluegrass Drifters 

Johnny Campbell is a third generation Bluegrass fiddler hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. Johnny’s music hails to the tradition from Bluegrass greats such as Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Jim & Jesse, and The Stanley Brothers.  His brother, Jimmy Campbell, played extensively with both Jim & Jesse and Bill Monroe and he brings the same enthusiasm and charisma passed down.  Johnny started the Bluegrass Drifters in Santa Cruz, CA with his wife Whitney, who plays the bass.  Joining them are Josh Langford on mandolin, and Berklee graduates, Kyle Tuttle on banjo, and Nick DiSebastian on guitar.

 watch them here: http://www.youtube.com/user/thebluegrassdrifters

2:15 p.m.  Tim Charron Band  

Tim is based in Nashville, Tennessee, but spends his entire time touring the country, thus the moniker “Rock and Roll Gypsy.”  Charron has taken his band around the U.S., with additional gigs in Germany and Costa Rica.  When resting up, he divides time between digs in Miami Beach, Key West, California, Nashville, Tenn., and New England.  Charron says, “When I tour I stay with local friends/fans or camp and get immersed in the local culture: food, art, sports, people.”  Charron’s music and shows are heavily influenced by the likes of Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, John Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow and Jack Johnson .

watch them here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kL_crGCsbg8 

3:30 p.m.   Jason Lee McKinney Band

Jason Lee McKinney has been the “next big thing” since he started writing and recording music, but life has always intervened: now, McKinney is writing about that life, and it is more real and powerful than ever in his albums; Strangers, Stages and Cheap Hotels and his newly released album; Troubadours, Vagabonds, and Thieves.McKinney is the type of musician who is becoming the face of the new music business: a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. He has been signed to two major record deals played over 1,500 shows, released five full-length albums and two EPs, and had four moderate hits on three different charts. Soon to earn his Doctorate in Music Business, Jason also teaches  music business, entrepreneurship and song writing at the collegiate level.

watch him here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6FDp7C6uRc

4:40 p.m.   HanaLena

HanaLena, formerly Nash Street, is led by the sister duo Hannah and Caroline Melby. Currently based in Nashville, TN, their roots reach all the way back to the state of Mississippi where they grew up playing old-time, folk and bluegrass music.  In 1996, they formed the band as Nash Street, named after the street they grew up on in Starkville, MS.  Since then, Hannah and Caroline have been traveling across the country performing and developing their unique blend of bluegrass, country, pop-acoustic, and blues. The band was declared the “Best New Act in Country Music” at the 2008 Colgate Country Showdown in the Ryman Auditorium.

watch them here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN0DcSz3QPg

6:00 p.m.        Eric Heatherly

“The best mix of Sun Records meets the Grand Ole Opry that I’ve ever seen or heard,” proclaimed Hollywood actor/musician Billy Bob Thornton after attending Eric Heatherly’s sold-out performance at The House of Blues in Los Angeles.  Heatherly’s single, “Flowers on the Wall,” walked away with the honor of the #3 Top Country Single of 2000 AND #1 video designation from both Great American Country (GAC) and Country Music Television (CMT) with features in Playgirl (naming him one of country music’s Top 5 sexiest singers).  Music Row awarded him their coveted “Critics’ Pick Award.”  He’s appeared numerous times on CMT, the CMA Awards, The Grand Ole Opry and Austin City Limits.  In September, 2012 Heatherly was asked to perform at the Smithsonian Institute for a tribute to Princess Grace of Monaco.  Heatherly became a full-fledged entrepreneur when he co-invented and patented, “The Seat-Belt Guitar Strap,” a best seller at every Guitar Center in America and adorned by superstars: Lenny Kravitz, Kid-Rock and countless other artists.  Heatherly has worked with Shania Twain, Miley Cyrus, Nelson, The Civil Wars (John Paul White), TV shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Parks & Recreation to name a few.  Heatherly is currently climbing the charts with songs he wrote and produced for other up and coming artists.

watch him here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiNZ2x1YxAY

7:20 p.m.   Alanna Royale

Alanna Royale is 7 members, 6 beards, 3 horns, and 1 lady. Their homemade blend of “dirty pop/raunchy soul” is a unique formula that blends throwback soul, good ol’ rock n’ roll, and pop sensibilities into a captivating live performance. In just six short months, Alanna Royale has commanded Nashville’s attention and there seems to be no signs of stopping. Coming off of a sold out release show in January for their debut Bless Her Heart, Royale is looking forward to performances at The Road to Bonnaroo, Music City Roots, and their second East Nashville Underground appearance. Royale has even gathered accolades from some of Nashville’s biggest movers and shakers with Mike Grimes naming them the Nashville band to take over 2013. Their first single “Animal” is enjoying heavy rotation in February as they are Lightning 100’s Artist of the Week and they are already working on their next release in April. Grab your friends, put on your dancing shows, and get ready to sweat it out at the Alanna Royale show!

watch them here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_w2yq5zSDs 

8:45 p.m.   DNA

“This band…without a doubt…is headed for success in the music industry. Strong vocal harmonies, instrumentals, original lyrics and stage presence…the perfect package.”  (Hard Rock St. Louis, MO)

DNA is a fun-loving commercial pop-rock band from Imperial Missouri that has played to audiences as large as 60,000, and as small as a few hundred people. Influenced by legendary bands such as Queen, The Beatles, and Muse, DNA aims to bring back those soaring melodies and that phenomenal musicianship that was once seen years ago. DNA’s mission is to make music contagious through positive and creative lyrics, great harmonies, musical excellence, and a passion for the arts, no matter where or when. With a rapidly growing fan base, DNA fans are holding on to that message and are craving more from this raw and unique vocal group.

watch them here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nY0dRu3IWI




Beer Tent Stage

4th Avenue South

Noon   –  10:00 p.m. D.J.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

 City Hall Stage

12:15 p.m.  Trademark

Trademark’s first public appearance was for a flood relief benefit concert to help the victims of the Nashville flood in May 2010. Their concerts have been called fun, energetic and inspiring. They will lead you in worship, help you celebrate the risen King Jesus and maybe even make you laugh a little.Their style has been characterized as Contemporary Southern Gospel. Their desire is to put a smile on the face of God and to help the church claim the victory and joy that comes from serving our Lord and Savior.

watch them here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcAkobNFV8w

1:15 p.m.    Praise Pickers

The Praise Pickers are made up of 7 men spanning 4 different decades that joined together to share their love and joy of traditional country, bluegrass and gospel music with others through song.  The group was formed in 2012 and debuted their first CD entitled Isaiah 38:20 in

August of that same year.  This CD is filled with uplifting, hand clapping and foot stomping music that transcends generations and praises our Lord and Savior

watch them here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXk4ysThJ6w

2:15 p.m.    Centennial High School Show Choir

3:15 p.m.  Williamson County “Jazz Rock Youth Group”

14 piece band including 4 reeds, 4 brass, 6 rhythm, 3 vocals.  Tunes range from jazz instrumentals to classic rock.High school level players from Williamson and Davidson counties.  Several players are mid state and all state. 

4:30 p.m.  Tommy Jackson’s “Rocky Top Revue”

watch them here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSdRlex7L7s


4th Avenue North Stage

 12:30 p.m.  Annabelle’s Curse

Hailing from Bristol, VA, Annabelle’s Curse has moved beyond roots in traditional folk to create something truly unique. Founded in 2010, Annabelle’s biggest challenge has been to define their musical style.  One that is focused on the lyrics, grounded in the area’s tradition, but modern and inventive still.  With an album moving them into the next chapter of the band’s quickly growing history, the brothers that make up Annabelle’s Curse are ready to throw the chips in and play anywhere if someone will listen.

watch them here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QkVySjuW-U 

2:30 p.m.  Candi Carpenter

If you’re looking for an entertainer with the total package, Candi Carpenter is all of that and more. She is real, raw, captivating and like nothing else out there now.  Rock & Roll and Country Music Hall of Fame member, Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers says, “If her future is as bright as her talent, this is going to be a very big star.” Nothing is more apparent than when Candi takes the stage playing guitar, harmonica, and singing with an energy that will move and stop you in your tracks.  Candi left school to begin her professional career in music at the early age of

fifteen, moving from her home town of Lansing, Michigan to Nashville, Tennessee where the stages of bars and honky tonk dives became her classroom. After living in a motel and paying her dues, she graduated to working shows with legends including Loretta Lynn, Vince Gill, Porter Wagoner, Michael W. Smith, Little Jimmy Dickens, Bill Anderson and many others. She learned to play guitar, harmonica and yodel with the best of them.  Her new music video for “My Fault Too” can currently be seen in 40 million homes across the United States on The Country Network.

watch her here: http://www.youtube.com/user/CandiCarpenter 

4:30 p.m.  2Country4Nashville

Joel & LeAnne Ulmer, the husband/wife country music duo, “2Country4Nashville”, sing all your favorite traditional country music hits made famous by legends like Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash, Waylon Jennings, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Buck Owens, Conway & Loretta, just to name a few. And Joel’s voice can sound amazingly just like his legendary and living heroes of country music.  With a love story all their own…brought together by the untimely death of LeAnne’s late husband, who was also Joel’s best friend, they have now been married for 11 years With a shared love of music, the two began singing together as “2Country4Nashville” about 5 years ago. Their duo name came about when they auditioned for a Nashville-based reality country music competition and were loved by the judges but were told they were actually just “too country”.  They decided to do a play-on-words since there were 2 of them, and from that their fun duo name was formed. LeAnne is quick to mention that “it is not meant as a slam against Nashville….we love our city.  I guess we just play the style of music that is unfortunately not heard as much around Nashville today. We’re just striving to keep that traditional style country music alive!”  Joel is hard to miss with his signature pompadour hairstyle and his custom-made “Sparklecaster” bright orange guitar, “Freida”, named after his wife! “I learned that I could talk my wife into a new guitar by naming it after her. From now on, all my new guitars are going to be named “Freida”.” Of course, “Freida LeAnne” is a great completion to the duo with her matching sparkling orange tambourine, infectious smile, and fun personality!

watch them here: http://www.youtube.com/2Country4Nashville


Beer Tent Stage

Sunday, April 28, 2013 

Noon – 6:00 – D.J.