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Brown County Music Center Opens August 2019

April 5, 2019 Leave a comment
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Artist’s rendering of the Brown County Music Center.
Image courtesy browncountymusiccenter.com.

By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB

NASHVILLE, Ind., (April 4, 2019) – Brown County’s new 2000-seat indoor entertainment venue has been designated with its official name, the Brown County Music Center, and is scheduled to open in late summer.

In the works for nearly two years and under construction for the past eight months, the venue has been moving along as planned in conjunction with branding, marketing, and staffing efforts.

Initially named the Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center, it was decided to officially brand the venue with Brown County’s strong identity as a beloved Indiana destination, as well as clearly denote what guests can expect to experience.

Throughout the facility’s construction, the venue’s board of directors, multiple committees, and new executive director have been busy securing top-notch performers of all genres.

Working with well-known national booking and ticketing agencies, the Brown County Music Center will host several national acts, with regional and local performances mixed in to keep the venue’s schedule chock full of great entertainment!

From rock, blues, and oldies to country, jazz, bluegrass, and even pop, performances at the Brown County Music Center will run the gamut, stretching across all musical styles and will appeal to a wide audience.

While the opening act, as well as others, have not been announced, interested concert-goers can expect to hear names and other details on upcoming performances later this month. Tickets also will go on sale in April.

Determined to provide the highest quality experience possible, once completed, the Brown County Music Center will be a world-class entertainment destination.

For more information on the Brown County Music Center, please visit www.browncountymusiccenter.com.

Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival, July 29-31, 2016

July 24, 2016 Leave a comment
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Brown County Visitors Center in Nashville, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB

Some of the country’s finest fingerstyle guitar players will return to Brown County at the end of this month for the fifth annual Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival. From a world-class competition and concert to guitar workshops led by the pros, July 29-31, 2016, are sure to be three days of pickin’ perfection.

A weekend filled with toe-tapping fun, guests will be dazzled by the art of fingerstyle playing and the sheer talent of top guitarists.

Festivities will get underway on Friday, July 29 with a free Friday Night Kick-Off Party from 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. This year’s opening party is bigger and better than ever. Not one, but two stages of music will be running at the Brown County Inn in the Corn Crib Lounge and in the Town Hall Room.

Not only will guests be treated to performances by nationally-ranked acoustic guitarists, but local favorites Cari Ray & The Loaners as well. The Pine Room Tavern also will have live strumming on Friday night, including past Fingerstyle Festival winners, such as Kade Puckett, along with other guitar greats. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at both locations.

The tunes will continue on Saturday, July 30, with the Festival’s main events: the competition and concert. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brown County Playhouse, 40 of the country’s top fingerstyle guitarists will battle it out for a grand prize and bragging rights as the best during the Fest’s competition. Spectators are sure to be amazed by the skill flowing from the fingertips of this year’s competitors.

At 7:30 p.m. the top three finishers from the day’s competition will take the Playhouse stage during the evening concert, delighting guests with their pickin’ prowess. Nationally-acclaimed father/son duo Tim and Myles Thompson will then deliver a show stopping performance of their own. The evening concert also will feature Michael Kelsey, who is ranked among the top 100 guitarists in the world!

All-day passes, which include admission to both the competition and concert, are available for $22.50. Guests can upgrade their ticket to VIP status for $32.50. VIP tickets include admission to the competition and concert, as well as a swag-bag valued at $50 and reserved seating at evening concert. All-day and VIP ticket holders will receive a wristband allowing them to come and go at their own leisure. Evening concert only tickets also are available for $17.50. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Brown County Playhouse or online atwww.browncountyplayhouse.org/tickets.

That’s not all! To cap off a weekend filled with great music, guitar workshops will be offered on Sunday, July 31. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brown County Community Foundation, eager guitarists will be able to learn the ins and outs of fingerstyle fun from experts Lance Allen and David Youngman, two of the top players in North America.

From strumming for beginners and intermediate level techniques to guitar competition tips and strategies, workshop-goers will learn how to perfect their pickin’ game. Workshops are $20 per class and can be paid upon arrival.

A complete list of workshops and additional details can be found online athttp://indianastringfest.com/schedule/workshops/.

Experience the world of fingerstyle firsthand at the Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival, July 29-31 in Brown County. It is sure to be a finger pickin’ good time!

For more information on the Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival, please visit http://indianastringfest.com/ or call 812-750-0257.

Taste of Brown County, May 16, 2015

Brown County Visitors Center, Nashville

Brown County Visitors Center, Nashville. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB

Bring the entire family to the Village of Nashville for the 8th Annual Taste of Brown County on May 16, 2015. From noon to 5 p.m., local restaurants, confectioners, and vendors will serve up samples of specialty dishes and sweets that can only be found in Brown County.

The event also will feature plenty of kids’ activities, live music, a family-friendly beer and wine garden, as well as hourly giveaways and prizes. Savor the local flavor and treat your taste buds to a day of food, fun, and entertainment at the Taste of Brown County.

Presented by the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brown County, this year’s Taste event is chock-full of exciting new features.

In addition to its new central location at the Courthouse parking lot and grounds, this year’s event will provide the opportunity for guests to win several top-notch prizes, including an overnight getaway for two to Brown County.

Not only will guests be able to sample the best dishes, treats, and drinks Brown County has to offer, but they also can kick back and relax to an afternoon of live music, performed from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

After filling up on delicious local fare in the sampling area and family-friendly wine garden, guests are encouraged to bring along their blankets and chairs and stay a while.

The Taste of Brown County will have plenty of activities to keep the kids busy as well. A kid zone, complete with a bounce house and other fun games, will be a guaranteed good time for children of all ages.

A People’s Choice Award winner for best sample also will be announced at 5 p.m., as guests are encouraged to vote throughout the day for their favorite.

Laura Moses, Program Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brown County and Bartholomew County encourages everyone to check out the event, “Brown County is such a gorgeous community with so much talent and lots of energy.”

“The Taste of Brown County is a great opportunity to experience cuisine maybe you haven’t before and to support the local community,” says Moses. “Maybe you will even find a restaurant or two to add to your annual bucket list while you’re at it.”

Admission to the event is $5; children 5 years and younger are free. Samples and other food items will be available for purchase, with no samples exceeding $5.

General admission also includes free entry into the Pioneer Village, a museum complex designed to collect and preserve the history of the county, complete with live demonstrations of weaving, blacksmithing, and more.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brown County. Tickets are available online at www.TasteofBrownCounty.com, and will be sold the day of the event.

All those purchasing tickets will automatically be entered into Taste giveaways and must be present to win. Prize winners will be announced hourly beginning at 1 p.m., with the overnight getaway winner being announced between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

For more information on the Taste of Brown County and for a full list of participating vendors, please visit http://TasteofBrownCounty.com/, or call 812-988-7303.

With plenty of food and entertainment to satisfy even the hungriest of appetites, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Taste of Brown County. Come hungry, leave happy, and savor the local flavor in Brown County on May 16.