BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. – Summer Jamz Music Fest kicks off July 20-22 at various locations around town. All events are free and open to the public.
Summer Jamz Music Fest officially kicks off 7 p.m. July 20 at Temple Adas Israel with Brownsville Rootz and features Backseat Crocodile, an alternative rock band.
The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center will present blues, soul and rock 'n roll 5 p.m. July 21. Americana/folk group Tucson Simpson performs, followed by the soulful rhythm and blues sounds of Vonda Peet. Memphis-based rock and roll band Mojo Medicine Machine headlines at 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs for the outdoor concert. Concessions will be onsite.
Prayz in the Park takes place 7 p.m. July 22 at the Brownsville Amphitheater. Local gospel choir Word of Life Singers led by Pastor Rickey Reed and Old Friends will perform. Guests can bring lawn chairs or blankets for the concert.
In addition to the great music, the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center will host its first Book Jam with more than 10 local and regional authors showcasing their literary works 2-5 p.m. July 21. The Book Jam will include 12 confirmed authors who will meet the public and sign copies of their books. Each will present a reading from their works during the afternoon.
Confirmed authors include: John Bomer Baxter ,“Attrition & Time;” James Cherry, “Edge of the Wind;” Sharon Clark, “A Cup of Tea for Royalty;” Roy Hawkins, “From Roy-Al to a Royal Priesthood;” Tony Kail, “A Secret History of Memphis Hodoo;” Billy King, “Big Black Creek I, II, III;” Lisa Brooks (L. Nuchell), “The Spirit of Fear;”Angella Palmer-Banks, “I.N.S.P.I.R.E.;” Don Polley, “I Am Not An Anachronism;” Raye Springfield, “I'm Going to Start Here & Legacy of Tamar;” Billy Tripp, “The Mindfield Years;” and Billy Weir, “Rock-A-Billy: A Slice of Rock 'n Roll History.”
Book subjects range from fiction to inspirational and include historical accounts, poetry and children's books. Each author has a West Tennessee connection including six Haywood County natives. In keeping with the music theme, the Delta Project, a Memphis blues duo, will entertain throughout the event.
For more information about the festival, call 731-779-9000 or email email@example.com.
About the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center
The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, in Brownsville, offers a refreshing Southern experience showcasing the history and culture of rural West Tennessee. Inside visitors can learn about the history of cotton, explore the scenic and “wild” Hatchie River and get to know the legendary musicians who call West Tennessee home. Also located on the grounds is the Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner, and the last home of Blues pioneer Sleepy John Estes. The Delta Heritage Center is also a featured stop along the Americana Music Triangle connecting Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans. To learn more about the Center, visit www.westtnheritage.com or call 731-779-9000.
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