Strummin bluegrass in Westfield

First Posted: 7/24/2009

WESTFIELD A couple of hundred of people joined the Nunn Brothers and a slew of other bands Friday for a night of dancing and strumming bluegrass in the community of Woodville.
Twin brothers Alden and Arnold Nunn are hosting their 11th annual Nunn Brothers Bluegrass Festival this weekend. The event continues through Sunday with a free traditional gospel concert throughout the afternoon, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Todays performance starts at 3 p.m. and admission is $9, with children under 10 free.
While the bluegrass-filled weekend is all about the music, its also the family-friendly atmosphere that seems to draw visitors back each year.
I really enjoy the clean music and atmosphere, said Shirley Arnder, who has been coming to the bluegrass festival since it started. Its just the crowd and everything else that makes it great.
But her favorite part of the four-day event, which kicked off on Thursday, is the Sunday gospel concert.
Her friend, India Haynes, shared her sentiment.
I really like country music, especially the gospel. The Nunn Brothers keep this a nice, clean respectable place, she said of the large field where the concert is held. It is a former family tobacco field that has been transformed into the Nunn Brothers Music Park with an adjacent stream with space for camping out, and a tobacco barn with a porch added to serve as a stage.
Theres no pets or drinking allowed, Haynes said with a smile, adding that those restrictions help maintain the family atmosphere.
And thats what its all about for the Nunn Brothers, said Arnold the music and the familial aura.
He said the fact that the concert series is held on his familys land and is still maintained by the family makes the festival a true testament to a family environment.
We invite everybody to come, its a real family atmosphere. Families come back every year, and its a place to come without having to deal with trouble or see trouble.
I just love this, its in my blood, he added.
His brother, Alden, echoed Arnolds comments.
It is a good atmosphere to be in. We like to strum bluegrass all through these parts, he said, referring to the Woodville community, where he and his family still reside. Were really grateful to our sponsors because they support us and had a big hand in putting this on.
Jimmy Damron is a member of the bluegrass band Passin Thru, and he said the family-friendly vibe at the music park is why the band enjoys playing there.
They put on a good family festival, there are no drugs or alcohol flying around here and you can turn your kids loose to enjoy themselves without worry.
Tonights performances will include the Nunn Brothers to be joined by Passin Thru, Mark Templeton and the Pocket Change, Sons of the South and the Snydor Family Band. For more information, visit the Nunn Brothers Web site at
Contact Erin C. Perkins at [email protected] or 719-1952.

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