With a mission to bring “together the 12South/Belmont /Hillsboro Village communities for the best in local food, art, shopping, pups, music & more,” the Sevier Park Fest hosted in, where else, Sevier Park, has become a great annual tradition. An all-day, all ages, free Saturday event is slated this year for May 5, with a variety of great local venders, food, art, games, bike races, books, a dog area, and three stages of music and DJs, including Devon Gilfillian, Forest Fire Gospel Choir, The Medium, and more.
Of course, the Friday evening pre-festival concert returns this year as well, on May 4, with performers J Roddy Walston and the Business, Amanda Shires, and SUSTO. Unlike Saturday, you’ll need a ticket for this portion, which you can grab right here. Read more about the lineup and preview the huge slate of performers below!.
MAY 4 – Tickets
J RODDY WALSTON AND THE BUSINESS
Southern rock act J Roddy Walston and the Business formed originally more than 15 years ago in Cleveland, Tenn., before relocating to Baltimore where they really cultivated their sound (and, more recently, Richmond, VA, where they now call home). Since 2007 debut LP Hail Mega Boys first brought them national attention, the band, led by the titular J. Roddy Walston, have released three more well-received records, most recently last year’s Destroyers of the Soft Life, and have become a prominent touring and festival fixture, frequently sharing the stage with big-name acts. With the ability to inject Americana into a hip, rootsy, Southern flair, the rockers are a seasoned, dynamic band best experienced live.
Texas bred, Nashville based Americana songstress and fiddle virtuoso Amanda Shires released her most recent and fifth solo album, My Piece of Land, in 2016. Helmed by breakout local super producer Dave Cobb, who’s worked with everyone from Chris Stapleton to Anderson East to Shires’ husband Jason Isbell, the effort was largely written towards the end of Shires’ recent pregnancy, and thematically centers around feelings of home, anxiety, contemplation, and anticipation, ahead of the birth of her daughter Mercy. Shires recently announced a followup to the gorgeous and personal effort, To the Sunset, due out Aug. 3 and also produced by Cobb, so you’re likely to hear plenty of new and old tunes from this lifelong, one a kind local performer.
Named after a Latin American folk illness essentially defined as “fright sickness,” Charleston, SC group SUSTO are the brainchild of frontman and songwriter Justin Osborne, rounded out by a revolving stable of other performers. The band’s origins trace to a series of collaborations and writing and sessions between 2011 and 2013 in Charleston as well as Havana, Cuba, culminating in the release of their well-received eponymous debut in 2014. In the months on the road that followed, supporting the likes of Band of Horses, The Head & The Heart, and more, Osborne and the band fleshed out their sound and found some collaboration partners, which ultimately led to the 2017’s & I’m Fine Today. If you’ve somehow missed their recent stops in Nashville, be sure to show up early!
MAY 5 – FREE
DEVON GILFILLIAN | Main Stage | 5pm
FOREST FIRE GOSPEL CHOIR | Main Stage | 4pm
TIFFANY SHEA | Halcyon Stage | 4pm
NEKOS BARNES | WXNA Stage | 4pm
MAGGIE RENFROE | Belmont Stage | 4pm
MARQUEE MAYFIELD | Main Stage | 3pm
CLARK PATTERSON | Halcyon Stage | 3pm
NEXUS | WXNA Stage | 3pm
NICK BOYD | Belmont Stage | 3pm
THE MEDIUM | Main Stage | 2pm
JARREN BLAIR | Halcyon Stage | 2pm
ERICA SCHULTZ | WXNA Stage | 2pm
NATHAN K | Belmont Stage | 2pm
THE HILLSBORO HIGH SCHOOL BURRO BIG BAND | Main Stage | 1pm
ALI WARREN | Halcyon Stage | 1pm
JASON PIFFIER | WXNA Stage | 1pm
NASHVILLE ACADEMY OF ROCK | Main Stage | 12pm
GRACIE SCHRAM | Belmont Stage | 1pm
FIVE ISLANDS | Halcyon Stage | 12pm
MOJO STEVE GREER | WXNA Stage | 12pm
WAVERLY-BELMONT ELEMENTARY | Main Stage | 11am
MADISON KOZAK | Belmont Stage | 12pm
MORGAN BOSMAN | Halcyon Stage | 11am
CANDACE MILLS | WXNA Stage | 11am
NATHAN K | Belmont Stage | 11am
INNER LIGHT YOGA | Main Stage | 10am
CORINNE MCKNIGHT | Halcyon Stage | 10am
DJ RHATFINK | WXNA Stage | 10am
GATLIN THORNTON | Belmont Stage | 10am
The Sevier Park Fest will take place May 4 and 5 at Sevier Park. Friday, May 4, featuring J Roddy Walston, Amanda Shires, and SUSTO is all ages, begins at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. gates), and tickets are available for $30-35. Saturday, May 5, featuring three stages of performers, is free, all ages, and begins at 10 a.m.