I’ll let you in on a little secret: I haven’t always appreciated small town life and West Tennessee as much as I do these days. In fact, I was that high school kid who couldn’t wait until graduation so she could spread her wings and fly away to the big city… of Jackson, Mississippi. Ha! Yes, looking back now my logic was a little bit flawed, but living away from Tennessee taught me to really appreciate what was in my backyard all those years growing up.
These days I am not as social as I used to be, admittedly. While I love the great restaurants and free concerts in Midtown and Downtown, the drive and prospect of fighting the crowds is usually enough to keep me at home in my garden or curled up on the couch with a good movie or a Netflix marathon. However, we did find something awesome last weekend that made me happy we decided to venture out on a Friday night: Bluegrass Pickin’ on the square in Collierville. Stay with me now…
If you’re someone who loves watching live music, even if you’re not the bluegrass type (as my boyfriend can tell you, I am not), you should really check this event out. Every Friday night beginning late Spring through early Fall music lovers from all over the Midsouth gather on the beautiful Collierville town square beginning around 7pm. Depending on the week you go, you’ll find that folks break off into lots of small musical groups with every instrument you can think of from fiddles to steel guitars. It’s so fun!
We brought lawn chairs, but next time I’ll definitely pack a picnic. It’s a great event for people watching, and the entire event is incredibly family (and even dog) friendly. To be honest, I felt a little bit like I was back in Mayberry for a minute on Friday night – and I mean that in a good way!
This is by no means a professional-only event. There are varying skill and experience levels, and the group seems warm and inviting to new members – even if they’re not perfect. I truly enjoyed moving from group to group, seeing how the different musicians blended together. It was also fun to watch players move around the square, joining in for a few songs in one group and then moving on to the next. It made the entire experience a fluid one, where the sounds changed as time went on and new members joined in.
Don’t be scared away by the twang! If you’re a musician or just a music-lover, make your way to the square next Friday for a laid back, inviting event that reminds you of just another reason you chose to call the Midsouth (and especially small-town Midsouth) home!
You can find more information here! I’ll be back later in the week with a MS steakhouse review, and maybe even a recipe or two (I have to go grocery shopping first!). Have a great week!