While the upcoming 41-A Music Festival will welcome back Tullahoma natives such as Dustin Lynch, Valerie Buckner and Bad Monkey, the event has also recruited several big-name out-of-towners including Entice, Johnny T, and Legacy.
Although the three bands come from different genres of music, all will come together for the two-day event to bring their sounds of rhythm and blues, classic rock, and country to folks of southern, middle Tennessee.
Entice is an R&B, Motown, ’80s and ’90s dance band that has performed all across the United States. The eight-piece ensemble includes members Rod Allen, Chris Harris, Rodney Lawson, Kenney Phillips and Herchel Bailey, Eugene, Renee, and Derel Ewing, who founded the band.
According to the band, two years ago they were in town during the festival and after attending they decided they would like to perform.
“We got together with the festival committee and set a date. This isn’t the first time we have played locally; we have performed twice at the Dogwood Festival in Winchester,” said Ewing.
“The band and I really enjoy this area and are excited to play for all who come out for the festival.”
Along with performing at local venues such as the upcoming 41-A Music and Arts festival, the group has also opened for well-known musical acts such as The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Dr. Hook, and The Gap Band.
Ewing says the band hopes to have the crowd enjoying what he promises to be “a memorable performance.”
“Entice is definitely known for crowd interaction and everywhere we play we turn it into a party,” she added.
Entice will take the stage at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28.
Johnny T Sings Beer Song
Headlining the same night at 9:45 p.m. will be rising country artist, Johnny T.
John Teschko has emerged as one of the most dynamic, creative and exciting artists to hit the Nashville country music scene in a long time. He has been recognized for his combination of incredible stage presence and vocal abilities, virtuoso-like musicianship and three-part harmonies that result in an impressive and extremely edgy sound.
Johnny T began his career in 2006, performing in front of a packed house at the French Quarter in Nashville. Johnny T performed a college tour of 60-plus shows across the southeastern U.S. and is currently playing night after night to packed clubs across the Southeast and Midwest.
As an independent artist, Johnny T boasts many accolades. “The Beer Song,” a track from his first self-titled EP, is the second most popular country ring tone of all time downloaded on the popular media website, Myxer.com, which is home to 44 million users.
Legacy of Classic Rock
The member of Legacy, from Cookeville will bring their love of classic rock to the 41-A audience. Band members include Anthony Jackson, drums and vocals; Marty Dilleha, bass and vocals; Freddy Duncan, drums and vocals; John Cassetty, keyboards and vocals, and Jeff Stout, guitar and vocals.
The group says those who love the classic rock band of the day such as Kansas, Styx, Deep Purple, and Bad Company will enjoy Legacy’s sound.
The group will perform at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. •