Warner Parks keeps pickin’ through 19 years of full moons

Friends of Warner Parks file photo


Nearly halfway through its 19th season of hosting “bluegrass and roots music by the light of the full moon,” Warner Parks is hosting its next Full Moon Pickin’ Party on July 19.

The parties, held since 2000 at the barn in the Warner Park Equestrian Center, 2500 Old Hickory Blvd., have shown no signs of slowing down, as the Nashville area has some of the finest musicians and no shortage of fans.

In fact, Friends of Warner Parks — the beneficiary of the events held on the Friday nights closest to a full moon from May through October — say recent Pickin’ Party attendance has topped 2,000. That’s not counting dogs, who are welcome if they are always kept on leashes no longer than six feet.

From 7-11 p.m., the music echoes under the light of the silvery moon, when bluegrass and roots pickers jam in circles in and around the barn, while three headlining bands perform on the stage.

“We can sell out, so save time, money, and beat the crowd by buying tickets in advance,” said Amy Albright, event manager for Friends of Warner Parks.

Tickers can be purchased at NowPlayingNashville.com before the day of the show, or can be purchased via cash or check at the Warner Park headquarters, 50 Vaughn Road, by 5 p.m. the Thursday prior to the event.

Advance ticket prices are $20 for adults 18 and up; $8 for youth 7-17. Children under six are free. Tickets sold at the gate on the day of the Pickin’ Party are $25 (adults) and $10 (youth).

Only cash or check can be used to buy tickets at the gate, starting at 6:45 p.m. Those who made advance purchases must check in at Will Call windows.

Water, soft drinks and up to four beers are included with admission as a ‘thank-you’ for your support of the Warner Parks, though quantities are not guaranteed. Adults of legal drinking age must provide a government issued ID if they wish to get a wristband for beer.

Albright said all funds raised by the Pickin’ Parties go toward protecting the parks as well as funding educational programs and special projects. She also thanked this year’s Top Fiddle sponsors Bridgestone Americas and Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund.

Bellevue’s Bandwagon Music and Repair is a 2019 sponsor, joining a list that includes Lightning 100, DET distributing, Piedmont Natural Gas, and the Dorothy Cate and Thomas F. Frist Foundation, which recently donated a piece of land near the Bellevue soccer fields for future park, open space, and greenway development.

The entertainment corps, or those bringing instruments and performing in a picker jam circle, have special picker pricing.

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