Aldermen mull music fest proposal

Five bands, including a pair of Memphis-area headliners are expected to anchor an all star lineup in an inaugural Bartlett Station Commission Music Festival, slated for Oct. 19.

“We wanted to put on an event to bring more acknowledgment to the Bartlett Station area,” commission subcommittee Chairperson Melissa Barre’ said. “There is so much going on in Bartlett Station, from new facades for our store fronts to exciting new businesses. We wanted to put on this festival to notify the public who our businesses are over here.”

Barre”, an eight-year Bartlett Station resident, said the festival is planned for the David Industrial Park area and would run, with Bartlett Board of Aldermen approval, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. that Saturday.

Tuesday, Bartlett’s aldermen will take up a related issue to the festival when it considers amending the cities’ existing beer ordinance by providing for special event beer permits. That request was made by Bartlett Station representatives to enhance their proposed music festival.

“Bartlett’s had a beer ordinance for a lot of years,” Barre’ said, “but it was never applicable to special events. We went to the mayor and he – because of frequent special event requests – decided to address adding beer permits to the special event permit process.”

“Beer is not our focus,” Barre’ added. “We will put on the festival with or without alcohol. We’re just following the proper channels… the chain of command, in requesting the permit.”

According to Barre’, five bands will perform from one stage in the industrial park area headlined by Memphis Blues legend Reba Russell. Other entertainers include the eclectic and Memphis favorite, Eddie Smith Band and local rockers, Basketcase. Two other bands have yet to finalize confirmations paperwork,” Barre’ said.

“Our goal for this music venue is to bring the community together,” Barre’ said. “We’re thinking about asking for canned goods for admission to go to the Bartlett Food Bank and we want to get the local school groups involved to help them raise funds.”

Barre’ also hopes the festival will showcase the progress in what was Bartlett’s origin with Bartlett Station businesses within walking distance of the venue.

Bartlett’s Board of Aldermen will hold their first reading on the proposed special event ordinance Tuesday as part of a lengthy agenda.

Other city business includes:

  • A proposal for a special use permit for Game Xchange at 6832 Stage Road.
  • Issuance of $2.3 million general obligation public improvement bonds and $1.4 million water and sewer revenue and tax bonds.
  • Appoint Matt Meador to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
  • Install two MATA bus shelters at a cost of $5,500.
  • Approve a special event permit for the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home Fall Festival October 19.
  • Approve a mountain bike endurance race (12 Hours of Stank” October 5 at Nesbit Park.
  • Approve a 5k run/walk for Faith Baptist Church Nov. 9.
  • A third and final reading for a special use permit for a proposed assisted living facility on Highway 70.