The Tennessean• May 14, 2008
BRENTWOOD — As the weather warms up, the green grass in the earthen bowl of Eddy Arnold Amphitheater beckons as the spot to enjoy evening picnics, soft ground dancing and live music.
The Brentwood Summer Concert Series begins Sunday for another year of free shows at Crockett Park.
Every concert begins at 7 p.m. Most are on Sundays except the Fourth of July event that includes a patriotic concert andfireworks.
Crockett Park is off Crockett Road just east of Wilson Pike between Concord Road and Moores Lane. Once in the park, follow signs to amphitheater and parking.
Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Concert date: Sunday
Genre: classical music with strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion
Orchestra's story: Founded in 1920 as The Symphony Society and broke up due to the harsh times of the Depression. The orchestra was re-established in 1945. Its current home, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, opened in 2006 and is named after longtime music director and principal conductor Kenneth Schermerhorn, who died in 2005. Giancarlo Guerrero steps into that role for the 2009-10 season. It's become a tradition for the symphony to kick off the series and this year is no exception.
Dean Hall, blues band
Concert date: June 1
Genre: blues and rock
Band's story: Music flows through Dean Hall's family tree. His father, Country Music Hall of Famer Tom T. Hall, wrote "Harper Valley PTA," a hit for Jeannie C. Riley, in 1968. But where the elder Hall is known as a "quiet storyteller," his son is an energetic performer playing hot, blues-based licks on his guitar.
This is the second year Dean Hall has played the Brentwood series.
Concert date: July 13
Genre: beach music, old-school R&B and soul
Band's story: Originally formed in 1960, The Tams had a hit with "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy" in 1968. But they also had several well-known songs from their catalog including "What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am?)" and "Hey Girl, Don't Bother Me." The Tams are a familiar name to Brentwood and have been participating in the concerts since the late '90s.
John England & The Western Swingers
Concert date: June 15
Genre: western swing
Band's story: This six-piece band features leader and singer John England, Tommy Hannum on steel guitar and fiddler Gene "Pappy" Merritts, who worked with Patsy Cline and Roy Acuff. Attendees are invited to dance as if in a hoedown. This band is a regular at clubs around Nashville, this is the first time it's graced the Crockett Park stage.
Paul Ross Band
Concert date: June 8
Genre: big-band music
Band's story: Brentwood real estate agent and saxophone player Paul Ross leads this group of hard-working musicians. As the founder of The Kadillacs, Ross will be back in a month — same time/same place — to play the Fourth of July fireworks concert.
Ross is no stranger to the Eddy Arnold Amphitheater and neither is his band, which has played there multiple years.
The Original Charades
Concert date: June 22
Genre: local garage band from the '60s playing cover pop songs from that era
Band's story: Originally started in 1964 as The Charades, the band reunited about 10 years ago. They perform tunes popular in their 1964-71 heyday in four-part harmony.
Although they haven't been around the park lately, The Original Charades played the concert series in 1999.
Concert date: June 29
Genre: Beatles tribute band
Band's story: Even though this band is a tribute to the Fab Four, its members are musically accomplished individually, too. One is a two-time Grammy winner, while another played with Billy Vera & the Beaters. Yet another is a Berklee College of Music grad, and the drummer is a music minister.
You may have caught their Beatles show among the salsa and chips at the Mexicali Grill in Cool Springs, their usual venue. But this is their inaugural journey to Crockett Park.
The Kadillacs, plus fireworks display
Concert date: July 4
Genre: American pop and swing
Band's story: Formed in 1985, the local band has played everything from Adelphia Coliseum's official naming ceremony to Gov. Ned Ray McWherter's birthday party to singer Lee Greenwood's wedding. The band also lent tunes to three presidential inaugural balls: twice for Ronald Reagan and once for George H.W. Bush.
No matter what's going on elsewhere, The Kadillacs try to clear their calendar to perform at the Brentwood Fourth of July celebration, something the group has accomplished for 14 years.