Liahonaroo Festival Announces Artists Line-Up – – Tickets Now on Sale

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew


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Liahonaroo Festival Announces Artists Line-Up – – Tickets Now on Sale

by Dave Carew

The all-new Liahonaroo music & arts festival will feature 30 talented singer-songwriters and bands from across the U.S. at the Wilson County Fairgrounds on April 20 – 21.

Founded by Nashville performing songwriter Shantell Ogden, Liahonaroo will be a “different kind of U.S. music festival.” It will be inclusive, drug- and alcohol-free, and family-friendly.  Profanity and/or inappropriate content in music or art is strictly prohibited.

“We were thrilled to have more than 50 talented artists apply for the 30 performance slots,” said Ms. Ogden. “We are so excited to welcome a variety of artists to the stage—from country and pop/rock bands to singer-songwriters and a cappella singers.”

One of those pop/rock bands, Shakedown at the Majestic, enjoys a devoted following in its native Brooklyn, New York. Taylor Nimtz, drummer for the band, told Underground Nashville he is particularly excited about playing this type of positive, family-friendly festival.

“We applaud the event organizers for wanting to present live music in a family-friendly format,” said Nimtz, “and we look forward to adding our own voice to those of the other acts. Great live music and family-friendly messages don’t have to be mutually exclusive, and we look forward to showing that is the case.”

Nashville-based talent will be well represented at the festival, too, with popular singer-songwriter Shawn Gallaway and country artist Laura Leigh Jones, among others, performing.

Tickets for Liahonaroo are now on sale at

For more information about the festival, visit  A complete listing of artists and bands is available at

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.


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