A stellar line-up of artists is scheduled to step on stage at the Lakeside Music Series this fall, including Flower Mound native Kaylee Rutland and Princeton University’s a cappella group, the Nassoons.
Marcus High School graduate Rutland (class of 2013) returns to her hometown on October 13 after scoring some significant successes in Nashville at the tender age of 21.
The Nassoons will perform at a special edition of the Lakeside Music Series starting at 6 pm on Sunday, October 29.
“I can’t wait to perform in my hometown!” said Rutland, who has named an “Artist to Watch in 2017” by Country Living Magazine™ and a “Top 10 Artist to Watch” by Billboard in 2014. She’s also on the dean’s list at Belmont University in Nashville.
“The Lakeside Music Series is the perfect place to share my new music from the EP that releases on October 6th,” she added.
Rutland gives traditional country a cutting-edge sound that has helped generate airplay for her single, “Pick Me Up,” on Country Music Television (CMT), Great American Country (GAC), and Radio Disney Country.
Rutland’s influences include Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, and Sara Evans.
Her old high school played an important role in developing the singer’s career.
During her first year, Marcus choir directors orchestrated a new school-wide competition based on American Idol. Rutland entered the competition, named Marcus Idol, that first year.
To her surprise, she took first place.
Another newbie to Lakeside, Shayne Green, a popular veteran of the Dallas music scene, will take the stage on October 27.
Then, two days later, on Sunday, October 29, the Princeton Nassoons return to Lakeside for the first time since the fall of 2015, when rain forced their performance to be moved to the Moviehouse & Eatery (where the theater was packed).
One of the world’s finest collegiate performance ensembles, the Nassoons specialize in four-, five-, and six-part harmonies.
They tour the globe three times a year, sharing their music, dancing, and jokes with audiences that have included three U.S. presidents, royalty, vacationers in Cancun, screaming school children in Hong Kong, and socialites in Monte Carlo.
The remaining dates in September and October (see sidebar below) will feature performers who know and enjoy Lakeside — Jon Christopher Davis, Chant Duplantier, Sebastian Valenzuela, and Manny Trevino.
“Artists love Lakeside,” said Michael Clay, the producer of the Lakeside Music Series, “because there’s always an appreciative audience that is open to both original material and covers.”
“Performing in a beautiful setting like Lakeside, outdoors under the stars,” he added, “makes it a picture-perfect scenario.”
Clay — a professional musician, co-founder/executive director for Texas Music Project, and former entertainment director at the Gaylord Texan — played a key role in shaping the Lakeside event into Flower Mound’s premier outdoor acoustic showcase.
He also produces events for Bud Light and the stage at Dallas Love Field.
Clay’s connections in the music business helped him attract top-notch talent to Lakeside right from the start.
And the artists have enjoyed the gig.
“The setting sun with the ambiance of the people, restaurants, and the whole Lakeside vibe has made for a wonderful experience every time we’ve played there,” said Will and Crystal Yates, who kicked off the series on July 8, 2016.
“Lakeside has a special DNA,” Clay suggested. “The artists feel like they’re playing for 100-200 of their closest friends.
That can make for some outstanding performances.