REVIEW: 13th Annual Buds-n-Suds Music Festival

The 13th Annual Buds-n-Suds Music Festival presented by Big 98 Country, took place on Wednesday, August 25th at Loser’s Bar and Grill with proceeds benefiting Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America; a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis

This year's concert featured an All-Star Jam backed by one of the industry's hottest bands – “Sixwire”. Stoney LaRue, who is from Oklahoma and drove all night/day from Texas to be a part of the event kicked off the event to a packed house. His set included a tune he wrote for his wife called “Us Time”. Sixwire, with lead Andy Childs, sang several songs; including an instrumental medley of old time Rock and Roll riffs that were all recognizable. Mercury Recording artists “Coldwater Jane”, a female duo, took the stage followed by Broken Bow recording artist James Wesley, who sang his current single “Real” recently released to radio.

Ira Dean, former member of Trick Pony and who is now launching his own career had the crowd singing along as he sang several songs he has written, including the hit “One In Every Crowd” recorded by Montgomery Gentry.

Keith Anderson was up next and played several of his hit songs including “Podunk” and “Pickin’ Wild Flowers”. While Keith performed, famed artist Rachel Kice painted her interpretation of the music and the audience. The painting was auctioned off with the bidding starting at $2500.
Lee Brice took the stage and performed several of his songs from his new album including his top five “Love Like Crazy” and “She Ain’t Right” and brought up his long time friend Jerrod Niemann to perform with him. They shared the stage through several songs and then Jerrod performed his #1 hit “Lover, Lover”.

A silent auction featuring music memorabilia, beach getaways, gift cards to some of the best local dining, spas, salons and other great items from Jason Aldean, a pink fiddle autographed by Dolly Parton, Sports greats including a collage of memorabilia commemorating Steve “Air” McNair’ career.

The 13th Annual Buds-n-Suds Benefit Concert is sponsored in part by: Centocor Ortho Biotech and Aegis.
Buds-n-Suds is the creation of friends Cory Gierman and Jason Krupek. The event began as a tribute to a friend who suffered from Crohn's disease with a canoe trip and a kick-off concert. Gierman and Krupek have both served on the CCFA Tennessee’s chapter board of directors and could not be prouder of its beginnings and continued success over the past 13 years - raising over $200,000. In that time there have always been plenty of surprises in store at this event, you never know who will hit the stage. The roster of past participants includes acts such as Big & Rich, Darryl Worley, Billy Joe Shaver, Keith Anderson, Marv Green, Shannon Brown, Jerrod Neiman, Wayd Battle, Bryan and Gordon Kennedy, Shelly Fairchild, Kylie Sackley, Jamey Johnson, James Otto, Randy Houser and many others.

Every 18 minutes another man, woman, or child is diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, two debilitating, life-altering diseases collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease or IBD. And sadly, there is no cure.

CCFA is the only non-profit, volunteer-driven organization exclusively dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. CCFA sponsors basic and clinical research of the highest quality, offers a wide range of educational programs for patients and healthcare professionals, and provides supportive services to help more than 1.4 million Americans cope with these chronic diseases. CCFA programs are supported solely by contributions from the public; no government funding assistance is received.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Pam Stadel for MomentsByMoser

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