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East Brentwood Presbyterian Church is slated to host Music in the Grove — a free concert and family festival — for the fifth time this year, according to a release from EBPC.

Musical acts include the folk band, Zach and Maggie, piano virtuoso Nate Strasser and his band, and headliner Odessa Settles and The Settles Connection. More can be found about additional music acts here: visit musicinthegrove.com.

“Music in Grove is becoming a Brentwood staple for many families,” EBPC pastor John Hilley said in a press release. “An event that started out as a small music concert has now expanded to a full-grown music festival. We are excited to offer this wonderful, free event to welcome all of our neighbors and invite all Middle Tennessee families to join us on our EBPC lawn to make our backyard their own.”

More from the release:

Families are invited to bring blankets, chairs or hammocks and a picnic lunch or money for food trucks to enjoy a variety of talented musicians from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7th. Family-friendly activities include a Family Fun Zone with corn hole, face painting, a selfie wall, a Decorate Your Dog Like a Rock Star contest, a bubble station, as well as “Art in the Barn” for all ages. Food trucks and a popsicle cart will add to the fun.

Zach and Maggie have been playing next to each other, behind artists, on the forefront of the Folk music scene for almost a decade. They have performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, and the Grand Ole Opry. This duo blends Bluegrass, Celtic, and Classical Music with their love of modern Folk Rock, Jazz, and Pop to showcase their unique songwriting and storytelling in their songs. Their self-titled debut album was released in early 2019. Learn more at https://zachandmaggie.com.

Multi-genre pianist Nate Strasser was selected to perform at the International Music Workshops in Scotland at the age of eight and in Austria at the age of 10. After gaining a degree in jazz studies, and further studies in scoring for movies and television at USC, he is a studio musician, songwriter, and arranger, as well as a soloist with performances ranging from the Washington Symphonic Orchestra to the main stage at the Heritage Port BluesFest. Nate’s first commercial recording project with Matt Combs will be released in the fall of 2019: Strasser and Combs present Appalachian Carols, featuring Appalachian Rhapsody. He is also music director at EBPC.

Settles Connection is a homegrown and southern born band founded by Odessa Settles based in Nashville. The group honors the life and legacy of their father, former Fairfield Four member Walter J Settles. The group preserves Americana music (folk, blues, R&B, traditional and contemporary gospel) with a long list of recording credits and collaborations, including Dave Cobbs, Vince Gill, T Bone Burnett, Shooter Jennings, the Black Crowes, and many more. Learn more here: https://www.settlesconnection.com.

The tree-filled, shaded grounds of the church include a large fenced-in playground and restrooms which will be available to all concertgoers. Guests are encouraged to bring only one car per family. Donations will be accepted to offset the cost of this free event.

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