Nashbash Music Festival 2017





Nashbash Music Festival 2017

Kerrytown District Association Festival: Ann Arbor Farmers Market 5 - 9:30PM / Afterglow at Braun Court 9:30 - 11PM

This is a free event.

  • Becky Warren
  • Whit Hill and the Postcards
  • The Bill Edwards Band
  • The Whiskey Charmers
  • John Holk and the Sequins
  • Thunderwude

Event Details

Music City comes to Tree Town for the 11th year in a row as Nashville singer/songwriter Becky Warren headlines the Nashbash Music Festival. Set in the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, the event features a roster of first-class national and local performers in an intimate neighborhood atmosphere, making Kerrytown the place to be on Thursday evening during the dog days of summer. The artistic force behind Nashbash is Whit Hill, a longtime member of the Ann Arbor arts community who now lives in Nashville. True to Nashbash tradition, she and her band Whit Hill and the Postcards join the Nashbash roster, which this year also includes local favorites Thunderwude, John Holk and the Sequins, The Whiskey Charmers and The Bill Edwards Band.

Award-winning Live Music • Your favorite Local Food Carts • Beer & Wine
BBQ by Aut Bar • Afterparty at Aut Bar

Nashbash takes place in the Ann Arbor Farmers Market and is free and open to the public. Some popular food carts/trucks and drinks (including beer from Wolverine Brewery and wine) will be available, along with barbeque served up by Aut Bar owners Keith Orr and Martin Contrares. Immediately following Nashbash, the Aut Bar (315 Braun Court) will host an Afterglow party from 9:30 to 11 pm where many favorite locals will take the mic on the courtyard stage.


Becky Warren

Becky Warren’s debut solo album War Surplus relays the affecting, gritty and candid tale of the relationship between an Iraq-bound soldier named Scott and his girlfriend, June. As the story unfolds, the two meet, fall in love, and struggle to hold it all together when he returns from his deployment a changed man living with PTSD. From the record’s award-winning lead track straight through ‘til the last note, Warren’s potency as a songwriter is on full display, as she weaves a compelling musical narrative rooted in the rich sounds of Americana and rock & roll. This approach won a seal of approval from the Indigo Girls, who have frequently had Warren open for them since the album came out.

Part of the reason War Surplus hits with such impact is the almost autobiographical nature of Warren’s material. Just like the June character she created, Warren married a soldier back in 2005. A week later, he deployed to Iraq and eventually returned with PTSD. In time, they amicably split. So while Scott and June are characters, and their story is fictional, Warren is able to draw from a deep well of personal experience, and it lends the record a powerful authenticity and empathy.

Whit Hill and the Postcards

Whit Hill and the Postcards features singer/songwriter Whitley Hill, singer/keyboardist/guitarist/husband Al Hill, bassist Patrick Prouty and drummer Chuck Navyac. Driven by Whitley ´┐╝´┐╝Hill, the Postcards was formed in the winter of 2001 in order to bring interesting, literate and unexpectedly beautiful alt-country music to the greater Detroit area. Hill, well known for her versatile creative talents, having spent much of her creative life in Ann Arbor, moved with her husband Al Hill to Nashville in 2010 and has quickly become a vital part of music community there. She comes home to Ann Arbor each year as one of the founders and leading lights of Nashbash.

The Bill Edwards Band

Bill Edwards has been writing award-winning songs for a long time. A past winner of the BillboardTM Song Contest in the country category, his music has been covered by others and heard on the big and small screen. He performs regularly in the Ann Arbor area. His new record Here Lately (available at Nashbash) harkens back to the classic sounds of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. Seasoned with fiddle and pedal steel, it tugs on the heartstrings and gets your toe tapping, all at the same time. The band will feature songs from the new CD at Nashbash.

The Whiskey Charmers

The Whiskey Charmers is a Detroit-based Americana band led by Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa. Fans have often compared their sound to riding through the desert with the top down. They have just released their second full-length album The Valley on CD and digital outlets, with a vinyl release to follow this summer. The title track The Valley has just been chosen by Alternate Root Magazine as one of the top ten songs of the week. Mike McGonigal of the Detroit Metro Times says “There might be a plethora of Americana/ roots-infused acts in the greater Detroit area, but the Whiskey Charmers are a real cut above”.

John Holk and the Sequins

John Holk & the Sequins were formed to be the world’s first psychedelic honky tonk band. Drawing equal inspiration from Hank Williams, Big Star and The Byrds, the Sequins helped galvanize a burgeoning Detroit Honky Tonk Scene as hosts of the legendary “Honky Tonk Tuesday” series at Club Bart in Ferndale ca. 2008-2011. Their self-released 2010 record If You See Her (Hole-Key) was described as "The twang-pop record of 2010" by, and was nominated by the Detroit Music Awards for Best Country Album. Boasting some of the area’s finest working musicians, John Holk & The Sequins just released their second record Where You Going and are playing shows all over Michigan and beyond. 


Thunderwude is one of Michigan’s top original bluegrass bands, featuring the stellar picking and singing of Jason Dennie, Wesley Fritzemeier and Tommy Reifel. They hold down the house band slot at the Chelsea Alehouse, filling the venue with adoring fans every Wednesday night. Their playful arrangements and stunning instrumental work will amaze you, and soothe your bluegrass soul.