Brentwood, Tenn. – What do lawns and Bluegrass, shade and Soul, playground and Gospel, picnics and pianos all have in common? They are all part of a free new concert event open to all: Music in the Grove at East Brentwood Presbyterian Church. Families are invited to bring blankets or chairs and enjoy a variety of talented local musicians from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 25.
The diverse acts, performing on the church’s sprawling, tree-filled 10-acre lawn, include soul/gospel artist Jason Eskridge and bluegrass band Fireball Mail along with piano virtuoso Nate Strasser. East Brentwood Presbyterian Church is conveniently located at the corner of Concord Road and Wilson Pike.
“Music in the Grove is both our way of saying thank you to our neighbors for 25 years of hospitality, and a way to say hello to folks we’ve never met,” said EBPC pastor John Hilley. “Everyone loves live music, especially when it’s right in their neighborhood. We are fortunate to be surrounded by such remarkable talent here in the Nashville area and we want to extend this gift to our Brentwood and Williamson County neighbors.”
Headlining the event is Jason Eskridge and his band. Eskridge is a multi-genre singer who has opened or sung with such diverse acts as Lyle Lovett, Jonny Lang, Aaron Neville, Nicole C. Mullen, Marc Broussard, DJ Maj, Randy Travis, and Toby Mac. Hailed for his amazing voice, one journalist described his powerful and versatile talent by exclaiming that “his James Taylor is every bit as good as his Steve Wonder.” Raised with deep gospel influences, Eskridge doesn’t really consider himself a Christian artist with a singular message. “I don’t know that there’s any one message. My basic desire is to create music that causes the listener to love God, love themselves, love their fellow man, think harder, think deeper, think broader, laugh until they cry, try something new, remember something old, and ultimately live life to the fullest,” he says.
Station Inn regulars, Fireball Mail features award-winning bluegrass musicians Craig Morris on banjo, Brad Bulla on guitar and vocals, Phil Easterbrook on dobro and vocals, Caleb Edwards on mandolin and vocals, and Joe Brown on upright bass.
Multi-genre pianist Nate Strasser, opening Music in the Grove, was selected to perform at the International Music Workshops in Scotland at the age of 8 and in Austria at the age of 10. After gaining a degree in jazz studies, and further studies in scoring for movies and television at USC, he is a studio musician, songwriter, and arranger, as well as a soloist with performances ranging from the Washington Symphonic Orchestra to the main stage at the Heritage Port BluesFest. He recently joined EBPC as the church’s music director.
The tree-filled shaded grounds of the church located at 9000 Concord Road include a large fenced-in playground and restrooms. Picnic baskets are encouraged. Limited parking, carpooling is encouraged! A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, July 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.