Nashville Country Music Fest to be Held in Frewsburg Saturday, July 9

South 62

Contributing Writer
Margot Russell

There’s nothing but good news in the Chautauqua County music scene these days, but here’s another item to add to your list: The Bash In The Burg on Saturday, July 9th in Frewsburg—an eight-act country music fest featuring some of Nashville’s talented acts.

The festival is in its second year, and was the dream of Jeff Lewis, a Frewsburg resident and member of South 62–a band that has been having great success on the Music Road Charts.

“I grew up in Frewsburg,” Lewis said. “I always wanted to do something like this and now that my band is hitting the charts, it feels like now is the time to throw the party.”

South 62 has appeared on the Mike Huckabee Show and the Montel Williams show, and has had three songs hit the Music Road Charts, including the new song “Love Is Forgiveness” which has moved up to 101 in just four weeks. The video for their hit “Land Of Dreams,” a patriotic song, was filmed locally at Jakes Rocks in Warren, Pa. and Lakeview Cemetery in Jamestown.

Last year’s Bash In The Berg attracted more than 1,000 people and Lewis says he expects the number to increase this year.

“A lot of people in our area don’t get to experience the coolness of Nashville themselves, so I’m bringing a taste of Nashville here,” Lewis said. “If you’re a fan of country music, Nashville is the place to be, so it’s a cool day for everyone to hang and get to hear live music you wouldn’t normally get to hear.”

The family-friendly concert on Saturday, July 9 starts at 4:00, but gates open at 3:00. There’s also camping spots available for pop-up tents, and vendors will be on hand selling food and crafts. The Frewsburg fire department will be selling wine, beer and other beverages.

The headliner for the concert is Timothy Baker, a Tennessee native, who by all accounts, has the “it factor” and has been moving up in the Nashville music scene.

Other acts include Keith Burns, Grammy nominee and founding member of the country music group Trick Pony, as well as Nashville recording artist Clayton Smalley. A full lineup of performers, including several local groups that are performing, can be found on the event’s Facebook page, “Bash In The Burg.”

The festival will be held at 25 Hazard Street in Frewsburg. Tickets are $35 presale and $45 at the gate. Tickets can be found online at