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Briston Maroney's Paradise Fest

Two nights of music featuring: Annie DiRusso, Cece Coakley, The Greeting Committee, MICHELLE, Sunflower Bean, Indigo De Souza, and Briston Maroney.

Photographer: Lucy Jones

The beloved Nashville, Tennessee music venue, Brooklyn Bowl brimmed with energy early November for the highly anticipate 2-night Paradise Fest put together by Nashville sweetheart, Briston Maroney. The rising alt folk-rock artist announced the dates back in July 2022 to great joy from his fans. November 3rd & 4th were stacked with some of the best rising voices on the indie scene. In collaboration with Lightning 100, a Nashville radio station and the record store Grimey’s; the Fest also allocated a portion of proceeds for local nonprofits: The Nashville Food Project and Oasis Center, along with donation boxes for nonperishable foods and requested clothing items.

Briston Maroney recently closed out his All Aboard Tour in October; we stopped by his show in Columbus, Ohio in September check out the Tour Diaries here.



Night one began with a solo set from Nashville based indie-rock artist Annie DiRusso. Fresh off opening for Declan McKenna on his recent Zeros Tour, Annie mesmerized the crowd with her power vocals and charming personality. Our only complaint? She did not play long enough. The brief set consisting of just Annie and her guitar set the standard for the evening. Annie is a master lyricist, painting dynamic and complex depictions of angst, relationships and love. The artist rose in prominence off her sensational song "Coming Soon" which received an abundance of love on TikTok after its' release in August of 2021. DiRusso's latest single "Nauseous" drops November 18th, and we cannot wait for the angsty addition to her discography.

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The Greeting Committee followed with an electric set featuring some of the band's beloved songs. The set marked the start of band's To Feel Right Again Tour that will end in early December. The Kansas City native band comprised of Addie Sartino (vocals), Austin Fraser (drums), Pierce Turcotte (bass), and Brandon Yangmi (guitar) lit up the stage with unreal energy. Between Addie's crowd surfing and a lively saxophone performance from bassist Pierce Turcotte, The Greeting Committee knows how to throw a party. A surprise appearance by Briston Maroney for his verse on The Greeting Committee's song "Sort Of Stranger," solidified the set as one for the ages. The band's most recent single "Hopscotch" released the following day on November 4th, and it's definitely one you need to hear live.