With Easter kicking off the month, April is bound to be full of spring fun, from a few special chances for you to get outside with the fam and plenty of local music opps, too. And don't forget to be at our 6th edition of A Night of Storytelling on the 13th, too!
Enjoy: an evening of of soothing bluegrass
Jill Andrews with Zach Winters
Date: Friday, April 6
Time: 8:00 P.M. - 10:30 P.M.
Location: Barefoots Joe (1050 Union University Drive)
If you've never been to one of the intimate concerts at the Barefoots Joe coffee shop at Union University, you've been missing out, and their next guests are sure to knock your socks off. Zach Winters is familiar with Jackson as he hosted a show here a few years ago, and Tennessee native Jill Andrews is famous for her involvement in The Everybodyfields, touring with The Avett Brothers, and songs featured on shows such as Grey's Anatomy and The Good Wife. Don't miss the special music experience with a cup of joe.
Read more about Barefoots Joe on our blog.
Endorse: efforts to cure children from terminal illness
Jacob Barker Music Festival
Date: Friday & Saturday, April 13 & 14
Time: Friday 3:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M., Saturday 1:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.
Location: The AMP (91 New Market Street)
Cost: Free! (Donations accepted)
Now in its third year, the Jacob Barker Music Festival is planning another packed-full weekend of live music, awesome items for auction, and food trucks. Named after a six-year-old retinoblastoma survivor and St. Jude patient, the festival raises money for the awesome organization, Make-A-Wish, so make sure to bring your donations to add to your free admission.
Explore: all the stories your community has to offer
A Night of Storytelling, Vol. 6
Date: Friday, April 13
Time: 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. (food truck opens at 6:30 P.M.)
Location: theCO (541 Wiley Parker Road)
Shameless plug, but honestly, we think A Night of Storytelling is one of the best ways to connect with your community through the old art of oral storytelling—plus poetry and music! This event uses the Japanese format of "Pecha Kucha," where each speaker gets twenty slides for twenty seconds each (meaning no long speeches, don't worry). This is also the perfect excuse for you to check out theCO and pick up your new copy of our journal, the Green issue. (Head here to learn about the #OJHshop Pop-Up we'll be hosting at theLOCAL the next day, too!)
Exercise: your legs now that it's spring
Rockabilly City Century
Date: Saturday, April 28
Time: 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. (Registration begins at 7:00 A.M.)
Location: Begins at the LIFT Wellness Center (101 Jackson Walk Plaza)
If you're not much one for a 5k, perhaps a springtime bike ride sounds more appealing! The annual Rockabilly City Century is back and includes scenic courses for 25-, 42-, 62-, and even 100-mile rides. Pre-registered riders get an event t-shirt, and you can feel good knowing that all proceeds go to support the Ayers Children's Medical Center.
Experience: an authentic farm-to-table Meal
Feast in the Field with Chef Krog
Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 4:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Location: Rose Creek Farms (999 Lola Whitten Road)
Rose Creek Farms' Feast in the Field is probably the most unique dining experience you'll find this spring, both in the cuisine and the environment. With years of diverse experiences in the culinary world, guest chef Dave Krog serves as executive chef at Interim Restaurant & Bar in Memphis and is sure to cook up an unforgettable, five-course meal full of the finest local ingredients, not to mention some tasty hors-d'oeuvres and wine.
Originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, photographer Katie Howerton moved to Jackson in 2011 to study Graphic Design and Drawing at Union University. She discovered Our Jackson Home in January 2015 and used it as a guinea pig for her senior design project, creating the first issue of Our Jackson Home: The Magazine. After graduating she was given leadership over Our Jackson Home at theCO, where she now runs the blog, designs the magazine, and coordinates events. She and her husband Jordan live in Midtown and are active members of City Fellowship Baptist Church.