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Wednesday September 5th, 2018

Nik & Sam

8:30 PM

Tuesday September 4th, 2018

Friday September 7th, 2018

Gospel Night
LIVE on the Hozer’s Pizza Stage

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July 3, 2013...

...a day that will live on in the hearts of all those who love classic 90's rock and pop music, you can be sure.  It was on this day that lead guitarist Mike W. decided he had to start a 90's era cover band.  While our country was celebrating its independence, Mike resolved to celebrate his musical indepedence and break free from the confines of the traditional local music scene.  He wanted a band that played a set nobody was playing--but everyone wanted to hear.

    And so, Mike turned to his cat, LD (short for Lil' Debbie, or Lil' Deborah when she tries to get into the garage) and said "it's time to find some bandmates."  LD said "meow" in approval--as one might expect.  Mike recruited his brother in music, JT, and found JB and Sam through what can only be described as divine intervention.  The Wet Bandits were born.  Though it took until almost 2014 to set the lineup, once the band was together the gigs came calling, and at the start of February of 2014 the quest for world domination was on.  

    In late 2014 the Bandits added perpetual Ohio State student and fellow cat lover Danny C.  He sings, plays guitar, keys, and this weird guitar/mandolin thing that we have dubbed, naturally, the "mandar".  Come check out this weird thing sometime.

Nik & Sam, country music's hottest new duo, may seem like an overnight sensation, but their story has been years in the making. At the age of 10, the sisters began playing traditional country & bluegrass music, with Sam on banjo and Nik on guitar. Within a year, they were wowing audiences in their home state of Arkansas.

Possessing talent far beyond their young age, the girls soon began writing their own music, infusing their individual influences into their style. They have toured extensively and opened for artists like Thompson Square, Randy Travis, Little Big Town, Jason Aldean, Gloriana, Phil Vassar, Kellie Pickler, Kris Allen and SHeDAISY.

Now, at the age of 21, Nik & Sam's career continues to pick up speed. They have signed a publishing deal with Bicycle Music, are sponsored and endorsed by Gretsch Guitars. In addition to playing around the local scene in Nashville, they were also a featured performer on the Blake Shelton Cruise in 2012.

Nik & Sam have compiled a catalogue of hit songs, working with Grammy-award-winning writers like Liz Rose (Taylor Swift), Hillary Lindsey (Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill), Brett James (Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Martina McBride), Keith Follese (Faith Hill, Randy Travis), Ashley Monroe (Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert), Nicolle Gaylon (Lady Antebellum) and Josh Kelley amongst others.

Nik & Sam are currently playing around the country as they continue to write music and grow their fan base.

Thursday September 6th, 2018

12:30 AM & 7:00 PM

8:00 PM

7:00 PM

7:30 PM

8:45 PM


Saturday September 8th, 2018

1:30 PM

September 4th - 8th 2018                     Presented by General Mills   

Featuring Michael Jadrnicek 
The Rose Family, The Potters Clay, and Seth Moore of LifeSource Apostolic
Simba Jordan

NASHVILLE – Three of Simba Jordan’s high-school football teammates eventually reached the NFL, and for elite black prep athletes like Simba from the hometown of Ohio State University, that’s not an unusual or an unreasonable career path. But this highly charismatic and gifted vocalist instead turned south, to Nashville’s Music Row, to follow the far more unique path for an African-American male of Country music, a dream that until Capitol Nashville’s Darius Rucker lit up Country Radio and concert stages last year may have seemed almost impossible. No more. Darius’s No. 1 Country single marked the first time a black star had reached the top spot since Charley Pride way back in 1987, so now Capitol Nashville’s rivals are looking for their own black Country breakthrough.His mother was a jazz singer who worked the clubs around Columbus, but jazz never moved Simba as much as Motown, breakthrough R&B crossover artists like Prince, and early hip-hop stars like LL Cool J.

The music he loved most, though, was what he heard at his grandparents’ home when they watched TV shows like Hee Haw. It was Country, and when he discovered Randy Travis records, he felt right at home musically.By that time Simba – who was born with that name and was frequently teased about it until the movie The Lion King became a big hit – was working at a Honda plant in a predominantly white area of Ohio. “There was a guy working there who would sing acapella Country stuff, and all the girls would go crazy,” Simba says. Another friend had gone to school with Dwight Yoakam, so Simba began listening to Dwight’s early records. When a local Country nightclub offered cash prizes in a singing contest, he was ready to give it a shot. “So I bought a cheap cowboy hat and borrowed some boots, and entered it on the final day of the competition,” Simba says. “There were over 60 singers entered in the preliminary round, and they were all staring at me. But I just did my thing. I finished third and won some money.” Looking back now, he says: “From that point on, I said, `I can do this!’ ”

In 2001 Simba came to the attention of Joe Diffie producer Lonnie Wilson, who has long been one of Nashville’s top session drummer and has won Music Row magazine’s Drummer of the Year prize four times. Lonnie said, “I totally understand the black Country thing. I like your stuff and your look.” He sent Simba, who is not a songwriter, demos of several songs to consider recording. Simba cut three of them, including “Hand-Me-Down Heart,” which featured Diffie on background vocals. Wilson shopped the demo in 2001 and 2002, and got lots of interest but few solid offers. “I got a positive response, but nothing really came of it,” Simba says. That was then. This is now. The Row and Country Radio are completely different places now, as Simba found out during his first-ever visit to the Country Radio Seminar in March.

He’s been ready for years, and now it seems like the Row and Radio are finally ready for Simba Jordan.

2Steel Girls

2Steel Girls from NBC’s, The Voice, were personally mentored by country music superstar, Blake Shelton, in front of over 14 MILLION viewers. Allison and Krystal appeared on three episodes of the show before breaking another major barrier: They became the first music artists to ever launch a debut, independent single with a live performance on NBC’s, Today show because of a fan initiated social campaign. Producers of Today stated, “We have never had anything like this happen before in the history of our show.”

2Steel Girls show is dynamic and very high energy. Though they perform at venues of all sizes, one of their favorite shows was opening for celebrity comedian, Larry the Cable Guy with 10,000+ in attendance at Pensacola Bay Center. On June 15th, 2018,  2Steel Girls released their debut album, “The Real Thing”. Within two weeks the album was charting on the Billboard charts!

2018 has been a very big year for the duo. As Independent Artists, they were voted “Entertainers of the Year” and also took home “Song of the Year” at Nashville Universe Awards. The awards show is now airing on, The Country Network. As Lydia Picknell (Keepin’ It Country) says, “Get to know the duo before they make it big – because they will. 2Steel Girls are rising stars!”

Joe Burdock & Friends

3:00 PM


Wet Bandits

Seth Moore