It’s time to bring Nashville to Portsmouth — the third annual Dreamland Music Festival presented by Rick Ferrell will take place on June 17.
“It started a few years back, I would always come back to Portsmouth and do a little homecoming type show,” said Ferrell. Ferrell grew up in West Portsmouth, but later moved to Nashville to pursue a career in the music industry. “I got to thinking that maybe we could turn that into some type of event for the community. I wrote a song called Dreamland and that sort of became the inspiration for the theme of the show. I got with the Kiwanis Group and we put together a committee and it’s just taken off and grown every year since.”
The concert will take place at Spartan Municipal Stadium, 56 James Street in Portsmouth. Local acts will take the stage from 1-6 p.m. and the artists from Nashville will perform from 6:30-10 p.m.
There will also be a classic car cruise-in beginning at 4 p.m.
Acts include Rick Ferrell, Kim Paige, Casey Weston, Casee Allen, Josh Stewart, Highway 109, the Poverty String Band, the Fred Spencer Trio, Josiah Whitley, Brynn Monroe, Kylie Caudill and more.
Rick Ferrell is a BMI award winning songwriter. Ferrell has curated hits for artists like Earl Thomas Conley, Eddie Raven, Tanya Tucker, Montgomery Gentry, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride and more.
One of Rick’s best known hits, recorded by Tim McGraw, was “Something Like That.” The song held the number one spot on the Billboard Country Charts for five consecutive weeks and still plays frequently today.
Ferrell also wrote the classic power ball and “Where Would You Be,” for Martina McBride, which also topped the country charts.
Over the past year, Ferrell has spent time recording a new EP, titled “Home for the Weekend,” that will debut at the music festival.
“Everyone back home has always been so supportive of me, even when I took off in my 20’s to go to Nashville. It’s always been a warm welcoming coming home,” said Ferrell.
Since graduating from Belmont University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in songwriting, Nashville singer/songwriter Kim Paige has been crafting her style, fusing classic country with contemporary sound.
Originally from Naples, Florida, Casey Weston is a self-taught musician. Winning a local radio station contest led Casey to open for national acts like James Otto, Craig Morgan, Justin Moore and John Anderson.
In 2011, Weston auditioned for the first season of NBC’s “the Voice,” making her way to the Top 8. Since, she has been performing and touring across the country.
Casee Allen grew up north of Portsmouth in Coshocton, Ohio. After opening for Kip Moore, Allen was given the advice “quit everything you’re doing, move to Nashville and write your butt off.” Allen followed this advice and has since gone on to perform alongside Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Brad Paisley, Chris Janson and Parmalee.
Tickets for the festival are $12 and can be purchased at the gate. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, towels or lawn chairs for seating. Kids under the age of 10 are admitted free, the gates open at noon. Concessions will also be available, sales benefit the Kiwani’s Group of Portsmouth. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/dreamlandmusicfest.
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