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Forget Bonnaroo: Eagles, Beatles and Michael Jackson at Crockett Park this summer

Look out Music City. Brentwood’s becoming a pretty big music venue without even trying.
I know it’s hard to think about summer on cold, dreary days but the city has already booked the Nashville Symphony (June 13), WannaBeatles (June 27) and the Eagles’ tribute band, 7 Bridges (June 20). New to the Summer Concert Series at Crockett Park mix is Who’s Bad, “The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band” that’s getting a lot of buzz. The seven-member band formed in 2003 but since Jackson’s death earlier this year, the buzz has grown even louder.
Who’s Bad has opened for Boyz II Men and The Four Tops and now plays about 150 shows a year.
Of course the Kadillacs will be back on Fourth of July. That leaves two slots open and Community Relations Director Linda Lynch is working hard to fill them.
With so many big-time musicians calling Brentwood home, if anyone’s interested in playing to a home-town crowd this summer (for a home-town friendly price, that is), Linda’s number is 371-0060.
Benefit concerts abound
It’s not the Ryman, but Brentwood United Methodist is carving itself a niche as the Mother Church of Benefit Concerts. In December, Jodee Messina rocked the sanctuary during two “sold out” holiday shows that raised more than $30,000 for Harvest Hands, a community development corporation in south Nashville.
This week we announced that Point of Grace and Mark Schulz (and other “special guests”) are going to headline a Feb. 6 concert at the church, this one for Haiti relief. Tickets are free but a free will offering will be collected with all proceeds going to UMCOR, the denomination’s relief agency.
And downstairs at the church on Jan. 30, the youth Tabernacle will transform itself into a mini Bluebird, when Karen Staley and friends play a benefit songwriter’s night with all proceeds going to Graceworks Ministries – the Franklin-based organization that helps people in need right here in Williamson County. Tickets to the 7 p.m. show are only $10 each and going quickly. To purchase, call Pat Flemming at 373-7715 and leave your name, number and the number of tickets you need, or stop by the church office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Chris Young -- "Getting You home (The Black Dress Song)," songwriter Kelley Lovelace and Steve Wariner -- Holes in the Floor of Heaven," "The Weekend" and "I'm Already Taken" -- will headline the sixth annual Music 4 Music concert Monday, Feb. 15, at Ravenwood High School. Tickets range from $25 to $75 and all proceeds  will be used to purchase instruments and equipment for the school's growing band program. Get details and tickets by calling 771-7457 or emailing music4musicrhs@gmail.com.
Have Valentine’s Day plans yet? Recording artists Diane di Stasio and David Ask will be joined by WSMV meteorologist Nancy Van Camp who will read poetry for a charity concert benefitting Happy Tales Humane. The Language of Love event’s planned at Brentwood Country Club on Feb. 14. Tickets are $85 per couple; $50 for individuals, and includes heavy hors d’oeurves at 4:30 p.m., the concert and poetry beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a Champagne dessert reception. Call 620-0620 for tickets.
And the word on the street is that some big names have been showing up to play on Thursday night’s at Judge Bean’s Barbecue on Church Street. Do you know of other venues or music benefits around town? If so, please let me know so we can help spread the word!
Susan Taylor Leathers is editor and publisher of Brentwood Home Page. Click here to read recent BrentWord posts. Contact her at susan@brentwoodhomepage.com.
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