Kim Fest: Best In Alt. Country Line Up for a Good Cause

A who’s who of alternative-country acts will perform in a series of concerts next week at Nashville’s 12th & Porter nightclub to help meet medical expenses for Kim Webber. A deejay, club promoter and publicist for acts in the alt. country field, Webber has been undergoing treatment for multiple sclerosis. Billed as “Kim Fest,” the concerts take place June 7-10. They will feature Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Buddy and Julie Miller, Rosie Flores, Peter Case, Robbie Fulks, Webb Wilder, Bill Lloyd (ex-Foster & Lloyd), Jason Ringenberg (Jason & The Scorchers), Ryan Adams (Whiskeytown), Scott Miller (ex-V-roys), Bare Jr., Joy Lynn White, Paul Burch and others. Webber is at the rehab center at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.

Webber lived in Knoxville before moving to Nashville four years ago to get involved in the music business and promote the music she loves. As club booker for The Sutler, she brought in top indie rock and roots-music acts. She left The Sutler to manage rocker Tommy Womack and to work full-time for The Press Network, a public relations firm that handles Fulks, Jim Lauderdale, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and David Olney, among others. Webber also hosted an alt.country radio program, The Blue Plate Revolution, on Vanderbilt University’s WRVU. Artists frequently performed live on the show. “Some people watch TV all of the time; she goes out and sees bands — every night of the week if she could,” says Womack, who organized the fundraisers with 12th & Porter’s John Bruton. “Kim loves the music and she loves the people, too,” Womack says. “She’s a true music lover that is into it for the heart and soul of the music, for what it’s really about.” The June 7 show starts at 8 p.m. Cover charge is $10 at the door. Remaining shows begin at 8:30 p.m. with a $15 cover. Call 12th & Porter at 615-254-7236 for information.

Following is the complete lineup:

Wednesday, June 7 – Trent Summar & the New Row Mob, Peter Case, Scott Miller, Rosie Flores, Brian Waldschlager and more.
Thursday, June 8 – Steve Earle, Buddy & Julie Miller, Robbie Fulks, Matthew Ryan, Tift Merritt and more.
Friday, June 9 – Tommy Womack, Webb Wilder, Bill Lloyd, Bare Jr., Jason Ringenberg, Will Rigby, Jolynn Daniel and more.
Saturday, June 10 – Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, Joy Lynn White, Paul Burch, Hayseed and more.