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Sounds of Nashville coming to Willmar's Robbins Island on Saturday

Studio 38 of Willmar is putting on a celebration of America at Robbins Island Regional Park on Saturday, Sept. 10. Country music artists George Birge and Erin Grand will be performing.

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Studio 38 is presenting the "Music of Nashville: A Celebration of America" on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Robbins Island Regional Park in Willmar. Performing are George Birge and Erin Grand.
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WILLMAR — Into the heart of Willmar will come the sounds of the Music City this Saturday evening. For the first time, Studio 38 will present "The Music of Nashville: A Celebration of America."

Taking the stage at Robbins Island Regional Park will be country music artists George Birge and Erin Grand. The all-ages event runs from 4 to 10 p.m. with tickets available for purchase at www.studio38presents.com . General admission is $41, with front row VIP tickets available for $81.

Shuttle buses will run the entire evening between Robbins Island and the Willmar Senior High, Willmar Middle School and Kennedy Elementary.

The event is the creation of Steve Peppin, who owns Studio 38, a production studio offering audio and video production. On the event's website, it says that Music of Nashville is only the beginning of Peppin's vision to bring high-quality entertainment to Kandiyohi County.

The artists

Grand , a Minnesota native, was raised on country and rock and roll, and has been performing since she was 8. According to her website, as a young adult she made trips to Nashville to strengthen her craft and joined the Song Suffragettes, a singer-songwriter showcase that features female country music artists.

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By February 2020, Grand was living in Nashville full time and her first single, "Mood," was released in October 2020 followed by "Better with Wine" in July 2021. She debuted her first extended play record, "Anything But Casual," this year. She continues to release music with an all-female team behind her.

Birge is a Texas-born, Nashville-based country music singer-songwriter whose first single was titled "Beer, Beer, Truck, Truck." According to his website, the idea for the song came from a TikTok artist who said all country music was about beer, trucks and girls.

Birge went out to prove that, while that may be somewhat true, the message behind those songs can be very deep. The TikTok video for the single soon had 3 million views, and his followers ballooned to 130,000.

Birge's first self-titled extended play record was released this year. He has years of songwriting experience behind him, having played in his own band and having written for artists such as Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus. Other artists — such as country rapper Colt Ford — have also recorded Birge's songs.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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