Simply Smyrna, which took place June 1, was the initial event of a whole month of activities celebrating the arts and entertainment in the Town of Smyrna.
“It kicks off the Depot District Arts Fest,” said Ron Alley, Executive Director of Carpe Artista, “which lasts the entire month of June with different types of art events all month long.”
The Simply Smyrna Celebration was primarily all about great music. This year they had five stages and close to 20 local bands or individual artists playing an assortment of musical genres – including pop, rock, jazz, blues, and classical guitar. In its eighth year, the event is a free community event with something for everybody, including food trucks, wine tasting, and booths providing all kinds of merchandise and artwork.
Coordinated by Carpe Artista staff with a coalition of volunteers from businesses, the community, and government organizations, this year’s sponsors included Front Street Signs, Tennessee Arts Commission, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Murfreesboro Post, Chick-Fil-A, Barbieri Orthodontics, Signature Health Care, Janarty’s Homemade Ice Cream, Nesting Project, Rutherford County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Grisham Graphics, Lancaster Christian Academy, LifePoint Church, VannGo, Smyrna Independent Merchants Association, Smyrna Parks and Recreation, and the Town of Smyrna.
The Smyrna Independent Merchants Association sponsored the Bier Garten. Stages were sponsored by Sovereign Performance Classics, The Waterford Assisted Living, and
Traditions of Smyrna. Smyrna Divine Wine and Spirits supported the wine tasting.
This event is only the first in a series of arts activities and entertaining events over the next few weeks.
“After Simply Smyrna,” said Alley, “we have over the coming weekends Wine Fest featuring over 200 local creative submissions and wine from Middle Tennessee wineries, Roundabout Music Festival with bands each Saturday night at Carpe Cafe, and Pop-Upright Shakespeare by the Nashville Shakespeare festival on June 22.”