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Watertown Music & Arts Festival returns

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The annual Watertown Music & Art Festival is coming back this weekend.

Formerly known as the Watertown Jazz Festival, the Watertown Music & Arts Festival is a one-night event that brings tourists to Wilson County to hear cool tunes and browse through an assortment of art vendors.

Delicious Blues Stew will kick off the event at 5 p.m. The band, which has been together since 1996, is set to perform some of the “Louisiana favorites” they are known for, such as their rendition of “Baton Rouge” made famous by Garth Brooks.

Saint Luke’s Drifters takes the stage next at 6 p.m., followed by local favorite the Michael Vance Trio. The Michael Vance trio is led by Michael Ryan Vance, son of Watertown attorney Robin Vance, who began playing guitar at the age of 16. The Michael Vance Trio has performed at the festival for more than five years and names his musical influences to be BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mayer and Brad Paisley.

The Two Tall Band will perform at 8 p.m. and DOWNDAY will close out the show beginning at 9.

DOWNDAY is a southern rock group based out of Arkansas. They are led by front man Rockey Don Jones. DOWNDAY was signed in April 2012 to Render Records.

This year’s festival is sponsored by Nashville & Eastern Railroad, Vance Law Office, Visionary Design Group, and the Watertown Chamber of Commerce.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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