We’ve been hyping this annual event for months, and even gave you a chance at free tickets earlier this month, but now it’s showtime! In partnership, Lightning 100 and Marathon Music Works have gotten together to host Marathon Village Block Party, kicking the spring concert season into high gear. The awesome “indie Nash spring market” is also back, with local venders, food trucks, an outdoor stage, plus a VIP lounge, and, of course, a stellar lineup. This year’s fest starts at 3 p.m., takes place this Saturday, April 29, and the bill is packed with talented locals The Delta Saints, Waker, Luthi, Okey Dokey, Lister Brothers, and Mr. Steve. Tickets are still available, for both general admission and VIP, right here, and you can even unlock a special $10 priced using the code ‘NOCOUNTRY’. The forecast is calling for highs in the 80s and sunshine, so you can expect it to be a great time for a whole day of music, and you can bring the whole fam, because it’s all ages, plus kids 10 and under get in for free. Marathon has also announced that participants of the Nashville Rock n’ Roll Marathon will get special $10 access at the door if they bring their race bib. That is a ton of incentive to check it out, but if you still need convincing, read on after the jump for a full preview of the huge lineup. Hope to see you at the party!
THE DELTA SAINTS
For almost a decade now, The Delta Saints have helped the Music City rock scene flourish, and become fixtures of our own playlists in the process. We first took notice around 2013, with the masterful LP Death Letter Jubilee, and have been keeping tabs on them ever since. With a heavy blues leaning to their powerful indie rock, and a kickass live show, it’s no wonder that the group have caught on, not just in Nashville, but all over the U.S. With the release of 2015’s Bones, they took their touring international, and could count on their global fanbase continuing to grow when they left for Europe in March. The good news is the group will be back in time for the block party, and you can help welcome them home while simultaneously helping them celebrate the release of their brand spanking new record Monte Vista, out today!
A band we’re more familiar with by their old moniker Koa, Waker have a new name, but the same powerful sound. Founded by childhood friends Chase Bader (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Conor Kelly (electric guitar), the group are a mix of soul, rock, and funk blended into an eclectic, insanely danceable sound that audiences love. The name change happened in 2016, after Dave Czuba (drums) and David Crutcher (keys) were added to the lineup, which already featured Ryan Ladd (bass), Alex Mathews (sax), and Ryan McClanahan (percussion), in addition to the group’s two founders. Having snagged a Club Stage spot at Bonnaroo 2017, plus opening for bigger names like Blues Traveler, JJ Grey & Mofro, and Moon Taxi, it’s safe to say these guys are on the rise. They also manage to maintain an active writing regimen as well, so you can be sure new music is on the way, which you can sample in at the party.
Growing up in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Christian Luthi (performing as just LUTHI) came to Nashville to chase his dreams in 2009, and man are we glad he did. He’s been building on his jazz/funk/soul/pop rock foundation ever since, performing with his stellar backing band all over town. With terrific stage presence, refined songwriting, and a knack for always turning the party out, Luthi is an artist we truly love to watch perform. With a couple of independently released EPs under his belt already, including his latest release, Home Again, which dropped last year, he seems to be finding his grove. New singles have followed this year, including new track “Electric Muse,” below, which dropped just last month. Get familiar, and catch him in the flesh.
Yet another band we’ve been digging for awhile, Okey Dokey released their marvelous debut album, Love You, Mean It, earlier this year, and it’s been featured in our playlists ever since. The psych pop duo are comprised of guitarist Johny Fisher (The Weeks, formerly Sol Cat) and talented local bassist Aaron Martin, plus some other players who sit in from time to time. Always looking to mix it up, they’ve also been putting in work on a collaborative LP that features tracks composed by a range of artists, including Rayland Baxter and Wild Child. Look for that to drop this summer, but in the meantime, enjoy them live at Marathon.
After individually pursuing many other musical ventures for years, three siblings (Jeremy, Jonathan, and Richie Lister) have come together to form a new project aptly titled Lister Brothers. It is the first time they have all collaborated together on a single concept, and their catchy pop rock sound makes us wish they’d started as a unit sooner. They currently have a Indiegogo running to help fund their debut EP, and once you see them live, you’ll be more than willing to chip in to make the record a reality.
MR. STEVE THE MUSIC MAN
A local Lightning 100 radio personality that graces your airwaves every Thursday morning, Mr. Steve The Music Man is the perfect way to start off an all ages block party event. With his kid friendly fare that is always upbeat and a positive influence no matter your age, Mr. Steve will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. We also know from personal experience that he is a great host, since he’s MC’d past No Country holiday parties as well. So make sure you get to the event on time, because none of these musicians should be missed!
The Delta Saints, Waker, Luthi, Okey Dokey, Lister Brothers, and Mr. Steve The Music Man will perform Saturday, April 29 at Marathon Village. The show is all ages, begins at 3 p.m., and tickets are available to purchase for $10-$55 (unlock $10 tickets with the special code ‘NOCOUNTRY’). Kids 10 and under get in for free, and participants of the Nashville Rock n’ Roll Marathon can get access for $10 at the door if they bring their race bib.