A new weekly American roots music show in downtown Gallatin will feature a mixture of established artists and local undiscovered talent, according to organizers.
The Nashville Bandwagon, which debuted last week, takes place every Thursday night at the Palace Theatre from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The show was created by local recording artists Eric and Lindsey Heatherly, who perform shows across the country each year as The Record Store Troubadours.
“We want it to be a night of quality family entertainment,” Eric Heatherly said about the programs. “Each week is going to be different. We’re going to add acts as we go and if the community will support it then it’ll get even bigger.”
While the show’s lineup will start out small initially, the Gallatin couple hopes to eventually feature up to six different acts on stage each week highlighting various musical genres like bluegrass, Americana, blues, rockabilly, gospel, jazz and traditional country.
Plans for the program also include expanding beyond live music to include magicians, jugglers, aerialists and line dancers as well.
“We don’t want it to be an uptight theater show,” Lindsey Heatherly said. “We want people to have fun and get up and dance.”
The Nashville Bandwagon was inspired by shows like “Louisiana Hayride,” “Hee Haw” and “The Marty Stuart Show.” It was originally scheduled to start April 2 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The new weekly program is expected to help bring more visitors to downtown Gallatin who may be unfamiliar with what local businesses in the area have to offer, according to Donna Belote, executive director of Historic Downtown Gallatin (formerly known as Greater Gallatin).
“There is definitely a need for something like this,” said Belote, who also manages the Palace Theatre. “Any Thursday night you know you can come downtown, get a good meal, do a bit of shopping and then come enjoy some good quality entertainment.”
The lineup for each show will be posted on The Record Store Troubadours’ Facebook page as well as the Palace Theatre’s website. A Facebook page for The Nashville Bandwagon is also expected to launch in the coming weeks.
Eric and Lindsey Heatherly, who opened a new vintage and vintage-inspired store called Every Era in downtown Gallatin last month, said they plan to reach out to other recording artists they know personally to come perform on the show. They also hope to feature undiscovered talent as well.
“We’ve got lots of local acts that need a chance to get known,” Eric Heatherly said. “We want to support them too.”
Tickets for The Nashville Bandwagon are $10 per person and can be purchased online at the Palace Theatre’s website at www.palacetheatergallatin.com under the coming events section. Free masks will be available for attendees who want one but are not required. Social distancing is also strongly encouraged.