Paisley Will Headline Best of the Best Show

Grand Ole Opry star and Arista recording artist Brad Paisley will headline Belmont University’s annual Best of the Best Showcase April 17 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Paisley is a 1995 graduate of the university. Five student acts, representing different musical categories, will perform original material. They are Sara Beth, gospel; The Early Evening, pop/rock; Brittini Black, country; Avenues, alternative; and Stephen Garrett, songwriting. Tickets, available through Ticketmaster, are $20 each. Income from the show will be returned to the Mike Curb School of Music Business at Belmont for “enrichment opportunities” and scholarships. In addition to providing the musical talent, Belmont students also handle production, publicity, marketing, programs, set designs, sound, lighting and recording for the event. The showcase, which starts at 7 p. m., will be recorded and released on Belmont’s in-house label, Acklen Records. 03/26/02