Earlier this month, Briston Maroney hosted the second annual Paradise Music Festival at Nashville’s Brooklyn Bowl. Maroney, an acclaimed young artist in the indie-alternative space, and Nashville transplant by way of Knoxville — who claims impressive fans the likes of Jack White, and has become well known for his quirky bop “Freakin’ Out on the Interstate” — founded the festival last year, inspired by the idea of creating a “house show” for the public.
In the spirit of alternative music and of Nashville as vibrant spaces for creative community-building, Paradise Fest was born. Though its first iteration spread over two nights of Maroney-curated music, this year offered three nights of sold-out shows. From Samia to Jack Van Cleaf, Skullcrusher to Hovvdy — for aficionados of indie artistry, of tapping into beloved alt musicians, and of discovering new ones, this event was nothing short of paradise.