By Chip Midnight

ColumbusCalling contributor Blair Hook has openly expressed his wish that Dolly Parton perform at the Nelsonville Music Festival. Ms. Parton was at the top of his list when the festival teased the upcoming lineup reveal on their Facebook page a few weeks ago. And, there is no question that Ms. Parton would be a very welcome addition to the four-day festival taking place May 29-June 1 in Nelsonville, Ohio, just outside Athens. There’s been some speculation from those with very loose ties to the festival that Ms. Parton is an artist that festival organizers have had their eyes on in the past so it would stand to reason there would still be interest in getting her to perform.


So, how feasible is it for Ms. Parton to join the lineup this year?

Earlier today we received a press release from Ms. Parton’s publicist outlining her tour plans through mid-July. There’s no Ohio dates listed on the schedule however there does appear to be an open date during the festival. One should not make any assumptions that this date is being held open until Nelsonville organizers have a chance to reveal the rest of the festival lineup. However, the open May 29 date – with a show in Knoxville (a mere 6 hour drive away from Nelsonville) the night before – does seem to jump out. On May 30, Ms. Parton is headed to Oklahoma for a 2-night stint but that would be an easy flight to make the morning of May 30 out of Cincinnati or Columbus should Ms. Parton perform at Nelsonville.

Is this nothing but wild speculation from people who have too much time on their hands or there something to this? Only time will tell, but it sure is fun throwing rumors out there with the hope that we’ll be able to say “I KNEW IT” should it actually come true.


Some good stuff going on tonight …


She Bears album release party – with Way Yes, Cliffs and Dirty Girls supporting – happens at Ace of Cups. $5 at the door.

The one I’ve been waiting for … Nick Tolford and Company’s album release party taking place at Strongwater Gallery (400 W. Rich). Cleveland’s hottest rock n’ soul outfit Wesley Bright & The Hi Lights make their Columbus debut at this show with ’70s-influenced rockers Mount Carmel playing as well. Cover for this one $5 (make sure to bring at least an additional $10 to pick up a copy of Nick’s brand new album, Just a Kiss). Wesley Bright kicks things off at 10pm.

Shooter Jennings brings his outlaw country sound to Park Street Saloon in the arena district. Local songwriter Molly Winters is also on the bill that will cost you $25 at the door.

And Mississippi’s The Weeks (who, yeah, bare more than a passing resemblance to Kings of Leon) headline Rumba Cafe tonight with locals Far Away Strays offering support. $10 will get you into this show.

Bands like Skeletonwitch may come across as scary when you listen to their music and hear singing/screaming sounding like it’s coming from the bowels of hell, but put these long-haired headbangers in front of a couple of young and unassuming kids and you’ll find out they have a soft side.

Skeletonwitch is set to heat up the cold winter night on Thursday when they play at Ace of Cups. Tickets are $10 at the door. Dismemberment, Summon the Destroyer and Takacs all open the show.