BrentFest treats thousands to a variety of entertainment

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The community came out to BrentFest at Crockett Park on Saturday in celebration of Brentwood turning 50.

Thousands descended upon Eddy Arnold Amphitheater at Crockett Park for BrentFest on Saturday, which was one of the three celebrations planned as part of Brentwood’s 50th anniversary.

The BrentFest crowd was estimated to be around 6,000 people, according to city of Brentwood Community Relations Director Deanna Lambert. 

Brentwood Academy graduate Conner Smith kicked off the event with some of his originals while mixing in poplar country covers from artists such as Jake Owen.

After Smith, Guilty Pleasures entertained the crowd with 1980’s hits that got the crowd on the dance floor grooving. Rock and Roll Pianos followed, taking a variety of requests from the crowd.

Headliner Tim Akers and The Smoking Section had the dance floor packed while performing “funky, danceable music.” The 16-member band complete with a horn section rounded out the celebratory evening on a high note.

In addition to the entertainment, attendees enjoyed a beer garden, food trucks and kids' zone.

Brentwood 50th Steering Committee Chair Vicki Sanford said the festival couldn’t have gone better.

“BrentFest was an amazing celebration and turned out even better than what we expected,” she said. “Brentwood is a city that expects excellence, and our committee, along with Rhizome Productions, gave the city just that, an excellent event. 

“I would also like to give a huge thank you to the city's parks, police and fire as they put in countless hours helping with the event.”

Sponsorship Chair Jodi Rall said the nice weather contributed to the success of the event, along with the generous support of many sponsors.

“Thank you to all the sponsors who donated to make BrentFest and our other events possible,” she said. “Without them, this event would not have taken place. It was a wonderful day with perfect weather, fantastic live music and something for everyone.”

The next upcoming 50th anniversary event is another party, Rendezvous at Ravenswood, set for Oct. 10 at Ravenswood Mansion.

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