The weekend of October 2nd and 3rd marked a new event for Maury County, the inaugural Muletown MusicFest. The event featured a broad variety of musical artists who performed at many of the venues on Columbia's historic Square, centered around the Maury County Courthouse.
The event kicked off Friday night with a VIP party upstairs in Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant at 15 Public Square, Columbia.
The festival was the brainchild of local resident and musical composer Rick Clark, but was pulled off with the help of a core group of people. "There was so muchselflessness and community spirit that went into this total volunteer event. The core group put in so many full time months working into making this a reality," Clark said.
While the evening was specifically designed as an appreciation for the organizations who sponsored the event and the volunteers who donated their time to the festival, it was also open to members of the community who purchased a wristband for both the Friday and Saturday night events.
VIP Guests: Columbia Mayor Dean Dickey with his wife Joann, and Maury County Mayor Charlie Norman with his wife Elizabeth.
Guests enjoying the VIP Night and entertainment at Puckett's.
Tim Akers & the Smoking Section were the featured act of the kickoff event, with a special guest appearance from local favorite, Serina-Joi Crowe, who is known as one of the top contestants on American Idol, finishing the 14th season of the show in 12th place.
In a special guest appearance, Serina-Joi Crowe (on right) performed "Best of My Love" and "Tell Me Something Good" with Tim Akers and The Smoking Section.
Akers is a keyboard player and the band leader for Tim Akers and The Smoking Section, songwriter, arranger and producer living in Nashville. The Smoking Section is a hand-picked group of Nashville’s finest studio-players, who share a common love of all things funk. 16-pieces strong, they played a high-energy show with songs from the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Rufus & Chaka Khan, and Tower of Power.
Thanks to the many volunteers who helped make Muletown MusicFest a success, including Kim and Joel Hayes of Nexpiria who designed the festival's website.
Friday night also marked the opening of Marco's at 822 South, formerly Lucille's, where an after party was held, featuring Reverend Marcus Malone & the Jipsees. Other venues along the Square were also hopping Friday evening with their own forms of entertainment, many of which were busy late into the evening.
Event organizers Rick Clark and Mary Ball with Marcus and Johna Malone of 822 South, where the VIP evening's after party was held.
To see the rest of the photos from Friday evening, click HERE.
Come back tomorrow for coverage of Saturday's festival, including more photos and a video clip of John Oates singing his well-known song "You Make My Dreams Come True."
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