Vue In The Round - June 2024 Edition
Join us on June 20, 2024
Please, join us for the Arts Bellevue's VUE IN THE ROUND VITR is a monthly showcase of Bellevue and Nashville's best songwriters/singers and performers from a variety of genres. We are working hard to bring you a wide diversity of artists, musicians and entertainment each 3rd Thursday evening of each month. Go ahead and put this on your calendars.

Our next showcase will be Thursday, June 20, 7-9 pm at the Ford Ice Center located in One Bellevue Place at 7638 B Highway 70 S, Nashville, TN 37221.

JUNE ARTISTS

Les Kerr

Les Kerr is a songwriter, recording artist and performer who brings blues, New Orleans music, Zydeco, rock and bluegrass together to create his “Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock & Roll.” A Nashville resident since 1987, Kerr was born in Louisiana and raised in Mississippi.

Les has recorded eleven albums, including his latest, Part of the Show. About Les’ music, national music publication No Depression’s Lee Zimmerman wrote, “Nashville’s Les Kerr creates a sound that’s both jovial and cerebral all at the same time…Kerr takes his stylistic additives from a variety of genres -- reggae, country, folk, blues and rock ‘n’ roll -- and meshes them into a hybrid that’s philosophical [and] sunny.”

Les has performed at many festivals and has headlined annual Mardi Gras celebrations at Nashville’s famed Bluebird Café since 1992. Among the venues and events where he has performed are Nashville’s Official Independence Day Celebration, the Grand Ole Opry House, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Southern Festival of Books and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Nashville (formerly the Country Music Marathon).

Regional performances include shows at the Maple Leaf Bar and Louisiana Music Factory (New Orleans, LA); Decatur, Alabama’s Historic Princess Theatre; The Listening Room (Mobile, AL); The Railyard (Decatur, AL); Hal and Mal’s (Jackson, MS); Atlanta Dogwood Festival; Knoxville (TN) Dogwood Festival; Southern Festival of Books (Nashville and Memphis) and Cookeville, Tennessee’s city-wide “Cooking on the Square” event.

The title song of his 2015 Contributor album was inspired by Nashville’s street newspaper and the premier event of the video raised money for the newspaper, The Contributor. The video for Contributor was seen worldwide and was included on CMT.com.

Mackinac Blues, from Les’ New Orleans Set CD, was included in NPR’s All Songs Considered and the New Orleans-based OffBEAT magazine declared, “Kerr’s musical stylings aptly cover the gamut from rockabilly to boogie to Caribbean beats with ease.”

Les was a three-time award nominee of the former Music City Blues Society and was featured in the TV documentary Civil War Songs and Stories broadcast on PBS stations across the U.S.

Lyrics of several of Les’ songs have appeared in three volumes of Maple Leaf Rag, a New Orleans Poetry Anthology. He is also the co-author of The All-American Truck Stop Cookbook (Harper Collins) and Tennessee (Graphic Arts Press).

Mike Loudermilk

Mike Loudermilk has been making music most of his life. He started his musical career when his first song, an instrumental, was recorded by guitar legend Chet Atkins, who invited him to Nashville to play on the session. Atkins offered then to sponsor him in Nashville, but approved of Mike’s decision to return to Louisiana and finish his education in music theory and guitar. Son of John D. Loudermilk, Mike made his way back to Nashville where he began playing music full time. He has toured, recorded, and/or written songs with artists from John Schneider to Crystal Gayle, and from Tracy Lawrence to Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. As an artist, he has recorded several albums internationally...including a duet record, "Wildwood Flower," with bluegrass fiddle legend Buddy Spicher.

Mike has performed on numerous television shows and specials and has played on world stages from the London Palladium to the Crazy Horse Saloon, and from the casinos of Las Vegas to the White House. Mike worked with Crystal Gayle for many years and co-produced Crystal’s “Midnight In The Desert,” a song they wrote for the international radio talk show “Coast to Coast AM.” The song also won a NAMA (Native American Music Award) for “Song of the Year” in 2002.

He is now concentrating on songwriting and producing at his studio, Nashville Sound Project House, where he has recorded and arranged songs written by some of Nashville's biggest hit songwriters.



Wood Newton

Wood Newton has been a part of the Nashville songwriting scene whose credits include Riding with Private Malone, recorded by David Ball, Twenty Years Ago, recorded by Kenny Rogers and Bobbie Sue, a huge hit for the Oak Ridge Boys.  A popular performer in his own right, Newton’s own recordings include the CDs My Roots are in the Trees, and Just for the Love of It.



 
We are super pleased and excited to have these amazing songwriters and musicians in the Bellevue Listening Lounge stage.
  
Tickets for this performance are $10 p/person. A 20% discount is available to Arts Bellevue's sustaining members. If you are interested in becoming an Arts Bellevue sustaining member please CLICK HERE for more information and to join.
Location
Ford Ice Center
One Bellevue Place
7638 B Highway 70 S
Nashville, TN 37221
Date & Time
June 20, 2024, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 Join us on June 20!
We look forward to hosting you!

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