Country Throwdown in Jacksonville wasn’t a typical concert—the events included networking opportunities for local musicians. Concert-goers could quiz Nashville songwriters and other pros about how to get your music to rise above the local scene.
My daughters went to Country Throwdown with a group of friends on Sunday, and everyone seemed to really enjoy the day. Jen is a musician in her own right, but she just went to have fun and hear some great music. “The neatest thing was being outside in nice weather and being surrounded by country music.” She likes all types of music, and pointed out a difference in Throwdown and other concerts. “At Planet Fest, you’d see bloody noses and people popping pills.” She laughed. “Here all you saw were security guards helping people who got overheated.”
Rebecca is a singer-songwriter, and she went for more than the music. She hoped to learn more about the Bluebird Tent where some locals performed. “The concert was unique because many of the amazing artists that were performing were accessible to the fans,” she said. “I found that accessibility very beneficial and inspiring.”
Rebecca talked with Nashville singer-songwriter Brad Tursi who plays lead guitar for Josh Gracin. She also talked with Walker Hayes and others.
The weather was warm, but the laid back atmosphere and shade at Met Park helped.
Top bands like Montgomery Gentry hit the mark as did others like Jack Ingram.
Everyone who went with the group said they’d like to go again. Country Throwdown brought great entertainment, but it also brought networking opportunities for Jacksonville musicians.
[Ed. note: Are You Ready to Rock features local musicians and bands on Saturday, May 22, as Guitars United celebrates a 10th anniversary. Special performances by Eric Charlton's students; BBQ and networking opps. The event is free.]