Oaklands Park Hosts Acorn Festival Concert on Nov. 19

The Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department has joined forces with Cultural Arts Murfreesboro to present the Acorn Festival, which will “showcase local and national indie rock and folk talent,” according to organizers.

The festival takes place on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Oaklands Park (at the corner of North Highland Avenue and Roberts Street), starting at 3 p.m. Ten bucks gets an admission wristband to what should be a pretty fun fall time for fans of live tunes, and food truck and beer vendors will be on hand.

Most of the music for the event is pretty specific to the Americana sound produced by the Middle Tennessee area, and the event has appeal by hosting music that doesn’t contradict the label of family-friendly.

The lineup features five acts, beginning with the Chattanooga-based Americana act Rye Baby.

Rye Baby

Rye Baby


Indie rockers Mountains Like Wax—winners of Lightning 100’s 2016 Music City Mayhem and a group familiar to Murfreesboro—will then take the stage.

Mountains Like Wax

Mountains Like Wax


Boy Named Banjo will bridge the gap between Americana and roots rock.

Boy Named Banjo

Boy Named Banjo


They will be followed by another ’Boro band, The Hardin Draw, bringing its rocking folk sounds to its hometown.


The Hardin Draw


Frontier Ruckus rounds out the lineup. A band out of Detroit that performed at Bonnaroo a few years back, Frontier Rucus was called “the perfect recipe for Gothic Americana” by Rolling Stone.

Frontier Ruckus

Frontier Ruckus


As city departments get more involved with the live music game, it might spell good fortune for artists who are looking to get exposure and paid gigs within the region. As the city continues to grow, an event such as Acorn Festival has the potential to be a favorite for years to come.

For tickets, visit oaklandsmansion.org. For more information on Cultural Arts Murfreesboro, visit facebook.com/culturalartsmurfreesboro or email pwilliams@murfreesborotn.gov.


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