An all-star music lineup for the 2018 Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival will enliven the crowd. Bring a blanket and join the fun for these free open-air concerts.
Performing Saturday, March 24 is concert headliner and country music star Craig Morgan (4:45pm) as well as country music sensation Keith Anderson (3:00pm). Transviolet will open the lineup on Saturday (2:00pm).
A multi-faceted entertainer, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself as a country music icon, TV personality, celebrated outdoorsman and patriotic Army veteran. One of country music’s best-loved artists, Morgan has charted 25 songs on Billboard and thrills massive crowds with signature hits including “Bonfire,” Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “International Harvester,” “This Ole Boy,” Wake Up Loving You” and the four-week number one, “That’s What I Love About Sunday.” His newest album, A Whole Lot More To Me, features singles “I’ll Be Home Soon” and “When I’m Gone.” Morgan received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008.
Keith Anderson’s latest song is “I’ll Bring The Music.” His debut CD, “Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll”, was certified Gold and garnered two Top 10 hits (accompanied by two No. 1 music videos), “Pickin’ Wildflowers,” and “Every Time I Hear Your Name,” along with two Top 30 hits “XXL” and “Podunk”. This success prompted music trades Billboard and Radio & Records to name him country music’s No. 1 New Male Artist of 2005 and the top new solo country artist of the year. Anderson was also named one of People Magazine’s “50 Hottest Bachelors”, and Men’s Fitness Magazine’s, “Ultimate Country Star.” Anderson’s sophomore CD garnered the biggest hit of his career, “I Still Miss You”, which peaked at number 2 and another Top 25 hit, “Sunday Morning In America.”
Transviolet is an LA-based quartet made up of vocalist/lyricist Sarah McTaggart, multi-instrumentalist/producer Michael Panek, drummer/producer Jonathan Garcia, and guitarist/keyboardist Judah McCarthy. The band’s first song, “Girls Your Age” popped online in the summer of 2015 announcing Transviolet’s arrival. “Girls Your Age” gained instant online traction with Sarah’s voice at once recalling the Lana, Lorde, Karen O and Imogen Heap: sultry, measured, assured. Katy Perry praised the lyrics, Harry Styles tweeted his support, Ellie Goulding selected it for a spin on Beats1 and Twin Shadow delivered an exclusive remix. In 2017, Transviolet released their sophomore EP “Kaleidoscopes” paired with videos for “The Hamptons”, “Astronaut”, “Kaleidoscopes” and “Pretty Head”. In 2017, the they performed on The Today Show and for MTV, Billboard and Baeble Music while quietly creating this latest body of work. For more information about Transviolet, visit: www.transviolet.com
Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones is the first act for the Sunday show beginning at 1:00pm followed by Edwin McCain (2:45pm) and Five for Fighting (4:30pm).
Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones are fronted by a 20-year-old powerhouse guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. Wicklund, the South Carolina-born (and now East Nashville-based) artist who formed the band as an 8-year-old has developed a powerful and sublime synthesis of skills and makes it clear that the future is hers to conquer. On their new (and third) self-titled album, the band–which played over 2,000 shows including notable festival appearances–digs in deep, hits hard, and crushes it. Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones (available 1/26/18 on her Strawberry Moon imprint) is an aural kaleidoscope of blazing guitars and searing vocals, all of which establish Wicklund as a triple-threat player, singer and writer in the fashion of Susan Tedeschi and the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde.
Chart-topping singer/songwriter John Ondrasik goes by Five for Fighting (a five-minute penalty for hockey on-the-ice fist-a-cuffs), and burst on the scene some 15 years ago with his Grammy Award-nominated hit “Superman (It’s Not Easy).” The song and album by the same name went Platinum, was #1 on Adult Top 40, #2 on Hot AC, and became the unofficial anthem following the 9.11 attacks on American soil. Naturally, he performed it at The Concert For New York City. He has been a mainstay on mainstream radio ever since.
In his career, Ondrasik has sold over 2.5 million albums including 2004’s “Battle for Everything,” which spawned the 2X platinum “100 Years,” which continues to melt hearts, provide all ages with an instant case of nostalgia. Other hits have included “The Riddle,” “World,” “Chances” and “What If.”
Edwin McCain has built an enviable career over the past 20 years by balancing his massive pop success with the year-round touring schedule of a tireless troubadour. His hit songs, authentic spirit and surprisingly affable sense of humor keep fans coming back time and time again for nights that feel more like parties with old friends than rock concerts. McCain recorded two of the biggest love songs in the history of pop music (and wedding must-haves) “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More.” These aren’t just for the romantic at heart; “American Idol” and “The Voice” contestants turn to McCain’s ballads every single year to help them win over judges and fans alike.