Nashville Scene picks Muletown MusicFest

Nashville Scene – JIM RIDLEY

Some 35 music acts, by my count, are set for this inaugural music festival on the town square in Columbia, and a lot of those acts are tops — folks like Jason Ringenberg, Tommy Womack, Phil Madeira, the Nashville Symphony Horn Quartet, Peter Cooper with Thomm Jutz, even John Oates appearing with 18 South little more than a week after playing Ascend Amphitheater. But the star of this cleverly designed fest, featuring a lineup assembled by veteran music supervisor Rick Clark and Kim Jameson, is the town of Columbia itself — a place where an innovative mix of commercial/residential downtown zoning and grassroots community work has positioned the Maury County seat as a magnet for relocating artists, musicians and businesses like famed label Putumayo World Music. For the two days of Muletown Musicfest, the boutiques and mom-and-pop shops bringing new life to Columbia’s downtown serve as music venues — meaning you can hang out at the Old Curiosity Book Shop, Variety Records, Wall Candy, Lily Jane, Ted’s Sporting Goods, Puckett’s or the awesome musician-run Muletown Roasted Coffee while listening to a variety of singer-songwriters and groups. Better still, Saturday features 12 hours of free music in addition to wristband-entry shows at Puckett’s and other venues. The fest kicks off Friday night with 16-piece horn-funk outfit Tim Akers and the Smoking Section; see for the full schedule, wristbands and more information.

Photo by Clark Quinn