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On May 27th, thousands attended the Fourth Annual May Day Music Festival at its new location at the McFarland Park in Florence, Alabama.  The May Day music festival initially started out as a response to help for the North Alabama communities that were devastated by the floods back in February of 2019. The name "May Day" was chosen for the inaugural fundraising event due to being held in the month of May and was hosted at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.  Due to the success of the first event, May Day has continued its tradition of helping various people and organizations in need.

This year the Restoration Ranch for substance abuse treatment located in Tuscumbia, Alabama was chosen for this year's fundraising. The Restoration Ranch is an 8 to 10 month Christian discipleship program for those both male and female struggling with drug alcohol and emotional problems of the ages 18 and up. People experiencing these issues are welcome to seek help from the ranch, even if they don't have insurance as the services are provided free. As a result, the Restoration Ranch relies on funding for its operations. This year the May Day festival was able to raise $6,000 thanks to the generous contributions from the Florence community and beyond that attended this year's event.

WFMC Jams and Alabama Jams were both in attendance for this event providing a live stream all day Saturday for those who could not attend and to spread awareness for the Restoration Ranch. The event featured many activities including a car show, a bike run, a variety of vendors including merchandise and food, activities for kids such as bouncing castles, and live music by many artists who contributed their time to help make this event a success.  

Plans for 2024 May Day festival are already underway for next year, and the event organizers have announced that they have chosen McFarland Park again for next year's event expanding to a two day affair on Friday and Saturday preceding the Memorial Day Holiday.

2023 Fourth Annual May Day Fest - WFMC Jams YouTube Channel

Just a little over a month away, the 2023 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will once again raise the bar bringing festival-goers a unique experience with many enhancements and options making this the MUST ATTEND festival of the summer!

With a killer lineup including KENDRICK LAMAR, FOO FIGHTERS, ODESZA, PARAMORE, LIL NAS X, BABY KEEM, TYLER CHILDERS, VULFPECK, MARCUS MUMFORD, MY MORNING JACKET, GRIZ, RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE, PORTUGAL. THE MAN, KORN, and over 100 more artists.  There's music for everyone to enjoy at the farm over four days from June 15th to 18th in Manchester Tennessee!

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2023 Lineup

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Listening to feedback from its patrons, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is taking a different approach for this year by opening up many brand new ticket options that have never been offered previously.  The options are designed to give complete flexibility to the user experience in both price and accessibility of the festival.  Festival-goers are now able to indvidually customize their Centeroo Experience while separately picking an experience with Parking and Camping known as "Outeroo".  Of the camping options, many new themed areas across the 700+ acre farm have been created with various options ranging from primitive car camping to glamping, a variety of tents, and more.  View the many new ticket options on the official Bonnaroo site.  With Bonnaroo being right around the corner some ticket options may be sold out, so don't wait!

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As of this writing, tickets are still available but limited and could sell out!  Head over to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival site today and secure your tickets to experience a memorable summer on the farm with your friends.

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2022

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Betty Who Following a bold, killer set by opening act Shea Coulee, Betty Who took the stage on Monday night at Nashville's Brooklyn Bowl in what can only be described as (being all at once) a euphoric, jubilant, intimate and purely stunning celebration of unity, identity, and the power of music. 

With intricate lighting, flawless choreography, and expert musicianship from all involved, Betty Who completely blew the roof off Brooklyn Bowl in a set spanning her multi album career. Perfectly balancing more tender, emotional ballads with anthemic hits and fan favorites, it was impossible to not be impressed by the sheer amount of joy and enthusiasm Betty and the band exuded from the stage.

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Closing out with an encore of Blow Out my Candle and I Love You Always Forever, the crowd was completely entranced in the power of the music. When it finally came time for the performers to leave the stage, they walked off with just as much energy as they had when they had first walked on. Smiling at the crowd, they turned an ordinary Monday night into an unforgettable memory for each and every member of the audience. When Betty Who comes back to Nashville, expect an even bigger crowd and another astonishing night of music from the Australian artist. 

With her most recent album "BIG", Betty Who's passion to create music and artistic performances to make people feel inclusive has resulted in a huge influence by the LGBTQ community.  She has been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Music Artist category for her album "BIG!" (BMG).  

“Making art that makes queer people feel seen and less alone is more important to me now, more than ever. The queer community I have found - the people I get to walk through this life with, holding hands, taking care of each other - is one of the greatest blessings I have ever known,” says Who. “To be a name amongst these incredible artists who have all contributed so much to the community, I mean... I'm humbled and grateful. It really is an honour just to be nominated. Thank you so much GLAAD.”

Who is currently on The BIG! Tour making stops throughout North America to a city near you.  Tickets and VIP packages may be purchased through seated.com for upcoming events.

Be sure to follow Betty Who's official website and social media for future shows and updates:

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Nashville, Tennessee hosted one of the largest events in the country to close out the year with the 14th annual "Nashville's Big Bash" hosted at Bicentennial Park.  Metro Nashville Police estimated approximately 210,000 at this year's event surpassing the 200,000 record set in 2019. The New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville's Big Bash was aired 7p.m. to 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. central time on the CBS Television Network, and was available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.  The five hour celebration featured almost 50 performances from multiple locations including Nashville's Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.  

Brooks and Dunn Kelsea Ballerini Zac Brown Band

This year Nashville's Big Bash event featured headliner performances by Brooks and Dunn, Kelsea Ballerini, and Zac Brown Band.

For over three decades, Brooks and Dunn has been well known in Nashville for their numerous hits including "My Maria," "Boot Scootin' Boogie" to name a few.

Recently declared in 2021 as the three most played female artist on country radio and CMT artists of the year, Kelsea Ballerini has constantly delivered hit after hit songs backed by many awards and recognition that has innovated country music.  

Holding the record for most consecutive sold out shows at Fenway Park, Southern rock group Zac Brown Band is no stranger to Billboard charts with over six of their albums reaching the top 10 of the Billboard 200.

In addition to the Nashville performances, the CBS broadcast also featured performances from other locations including Little Big Town.  

Nashville rang in the new year at midnight with the tradition of the music note drop followed by fireworks.  Be sure to follow the Visit Music City official website and social media for future events:

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