North Creek When Jennifer Gadway’s not tending bar at Trappers Tavern at the Copperfield Inn, she’s working on her music career with fellow Decadence bandmate Katy Cole.
Yet Gadway won’t be pouring shots of Jack Daniels this weekend for customers; she’ll be serving up hot country and rockin’ blues on stage at the first-ever Nashville in North Creek musical event.
“Country music is a genre that has all but been ignored in this area, which is odd given the number of country music fans,” Gadway said. “I plan to change that, at least once a year.”
Since announcing the event in September, Gadway said the response has been so great that she sees no problem with Nashville in North Creek becoming an annual event expanding each year.
“My dream is to have an artist in every venue in town at different times throughout the weekend so that we all can share in the Nashville experience,” she said. “The sky is the limit. For now, we will take one year at a time and see where it takes us.”
For now, Nashville in North Creek is limited to the Copperfield Inn, where performances will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 and 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. The artists are Decadence, of North Creek; Steven L. Smith Band, of Brant Lake; and Renee Wahl and DW Dasher, of Nashville.
As of press time, about 90 tickets had been presold, and Gadway is predicting a large number will be sold at the door for each performance.
“The area is buzzing with excitement and anticipation,” she said. “We have people coming from as far as Connecticut.”
Although North Creek annually hosts a bluegrass festival in August, there’s never been a country music festival in town.
“I think the idea of meeting people that are on the verge of being big country music stars that have shared the stage with some big name artists is a great feeling for many people,” Gadway said. “It introduces them to a world that they may not necessarily ever be subject to.”