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Mike Farris, The Wood Brothers to headline Thompson's Station Dog & Pony Show Sept. 28

National Talent Adds New Dimension to Re-Imagined Community Festival

Southern blues and soul-inspired rockers Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue and rootsy folk-fusion trio The Wood Brothers will co-headline the Main Stage evening concert at the Thompson's Station Dog & Pony Show, set for Saturday, Sept. 28 in Thompson's Station Park. Event admission is free, including the concert. Proceeds benefit the Thompson's Station Community Association, a nonprofit organization that supports local parks.

Festival Music Chair and Alderman Brinton Davis said this year's unprecedented live music lineup will add an exciting new evening component to the festivities. “We are thrilled to have landed such big-time talent for our town festival,” he said. “Mike Farris and The Wood Brothers are first-class entertainers and absolutely stellar musicians. You will not want to miss this awesome finale to 'The Dog & Pony Show.'”

Thompson's Station's annual fall festival is being re-imagined with the new “Dog & Pony Show” theme, celebrating active, outdoor lifestyles and animal companionship. This year's event introduces several new pet-friendly features, including dog activities hosted by Mars Petcare and The Nutro Company and equine attractions hosted by The Tennessee Equine Hospital.

A Kids’ Zone sponsored by Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt will include face painting, pumpkin painting, games, a professional ventriloquist and more. Other attractions include food and craft vendors, the annual Chili Cook-off, and Garrett's Hero 5K Run/Walk hosted by Outdoor Encounter.

Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue will give the final performance of the evening on the Main Stage, with The Wood Brothers immediately preceding. A full entertainment schedule will be available at a later date.

Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm RevueA born and bred southerner, Mike Farris has a unique style that combines elements of blues, rock and soul. His interpretations of traditional New Orleans Black Gospel mixed with a dash of Stax and Motown leave audiences feeling excited, delighted and loved. He won the Americana Music Association’s Award for New & Emerging artist in 2008 as well as the Gospel Music Association’s 2009 Award for Best Traditional Gospel album of the year. In 2010 he gathered some of Nashville's finest musicians—including Kenny Vaughan, Sam Bush and others—to record an ep called “The Night The Cumberland Came Alive” to benefit victims of the 1,000 year flood that hit Middle Tennessee that May. Mike and his powerhouse band The Roseland Rhythm Revue have wowed audiences all over the world. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his new studio album whose release is anticipated in early 2014.

The Wood BrothersTwo brothers decide to form a band, adapting the blues, folk and other roots music sounds they loved as kids into their own evocative sound—intertwining their voices in the sort of high-lonesome harmony blend for which sibling singers are often renowned. While that’s perhaps not an unusual story, the Wood Brothers took a twisty path to their ultimate collaboration: they pursued separate projects for some 15 years before joining forces. Musically united at last, brothers Chris and Oliver Wood along with band mate Jano Rix combine soulful, Van Morrison-meets-Freddie King vocals with a gritty, nimble slide guitar, a jazz-inspired double bass and the rhythmic pulse of drums. This signature fusion of folk, blues, jazz and classic R&B has garnered attention and adoration from music-savvy audiences all over the nation.

The Thompson’s Station Dog & Pony Show is set for Saturday, Sept. 28 in Thompson’s Station Park, located at 1513 Thompson's Station Road West. Sponsors include Mars Petcare and The Nutro Company, Tractor Supply Company, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, The Tennessee Equine Hospital, Williamson Medical Center, First Farmers, Goodall Homes, and The Advertiser News. Proceeds benefit the Thompson's Station Community Association (TSCA), a charitable organization that funds park projects. Opportunities are still available for sponsors, vendors and volunteers. To learn more or get involved, please call Town Hall at (615) 794-4333, visit or email

Posted on: 8/13/2013


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