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Muletown Music Fest set September 30

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The 2nd Annual Muletown Musicfest will be taking place on and around Columbia's Historic Downtown Square on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. The not-for-profit community collaboration benefiting United Way of Maury County will celebrate local businesses, food, and music on the Square Friday night and all day and night Saturday. Puckett's and Westbury House will be ticketed event spaces, however most of the performance spaces are free to the public.

"One of the things I absolutely set out to have was more musical diversity than last year's event," says Muletown MusicFest Chairperson Rick Clark, "The caliber of artists is every bit as good as the best we had last year, but there's more of it. This is not purely a music event, we wanted to put on an event to help build and strengthen our community."

The Friday night kickoff will feature the 15 piece funk band Tim Akers and the Smoking Section at Puckett's Upstairs, as well as Wendy Moten, and a special appearance with actors Anson Mount and Mackenzie Porter from AMC's hit show "Hell On Wheels". Laurelyn Dossett, who wrote and recorded music for the show will also be performing. Local favorites The Scott Holt Band will be performing a free show down the street at Marco's 822 South.

On Saturday, visitors will enjoy free music at over a dozen shops and numerous venue spots around the Downtown Square. There will fun for everyone! Farmer Jason will entertain the kids, while everyone can enjoy all day long live music performances around the Square. There will be food tents from Maury County restaurants, plus the eateries around the Square, including Puckett's, The Square Market Cafe, 822 South, Muletown Roasters and the Mercantile.

Local Table Magazine is hosting a local market featuring many of Maury County's very own farmers and artisan food and craft vendors.

The purchase of a ticket will allow visitors to stroll between two venues Saturday evening, as well as enjoying the food, music and entertainment around the Square. Over 30 diverse musical artists will be participating both during the day and evening. Artists announced to date, include Jason Eskridge, The Long Players, Brandy Clark, Leyla McCalla, Sun Seeker, Blank Range, Firekid, Tommy Womack, Jason Ringenberg, Paul Burch, Edda Glass and Max Hatt and many others. More artists to be announced.

This year's event is produced by Arts In Action and made possible with the help of Presenting Sponsors Listerhill Credit Union and the Maury County Visitor's Bureau. Other key sponsors include the Farm Bureau Insurance, Maury Regional Medical Center, First Farmers, Columbia Power & Water Systems, Heritage Bank & Trust, and ATMOS Energy.

Tickets are $30 for access to Saturday's paid venues and can be purchased at www.muletownmusicfest.com, $50 will include Friday and Saturday nights. Reminder that most musical offerings are free.

Proceeds from this festival will directly benefit the United Way of Maury County.

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