Rock and Roll, country-blues, and R&B on tap Saturday at Music On The Square, Relay for Life
By Crystal Burns
For the second consecutive year, Music On The Square and Relay for Life are teaming up to bring the Trenton community an evening of family fun.
Music On The Square kicks off its 10th season and Relay celebrates its 20th anniversary in Trenton Saturday at the Downtown Pedestrian Park. Weston Harris Hill, Davis Coen, and 4scorr are set to perform from Jones Amphitheatre. Each brings a unique sound that appeals to a wide variety of music lovers.
Weston Harris Hill is a native of Jacksonville, Ala., a small town situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. After saving up for an electric guitar in seventh grade, Weston received an unexpected musical treasure trove – a Rock and Roll library – his great uncle Roy left him.
In high school and college, Weston played in garage bands and honed his craft while taking English courses to further his writing. He moved to Nashville where he is working to combine his love of Rock and Roll with classic songwriting. His first album “Inside Out” is a mix of influences and a tribute to 70s Rock.
Davis Coen is a Memphis-area musician who describes his style as contemporary country-blues. His 10th album “These Things Shall Pass” is a spiritual-based album spanning from traditional American hymns “What A Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Old Rugged Cross” to classic gospel radio cuts “Working for Jesus” and the title song.
Coen’s recordings are strongly rooted in blues, country and religious-based music. It has been featured in several TV broadcasts including Martin Scorsese’s PBS special “The Blues,” reality cable show “Lizard Lick Towing, and a documentary on the music of the late Hillcountry Mississippi blues matriarch Jessie Mae Hemphill, “Dare You to Do It Again.”
Coen appeared in the 2016 film “Free State of Jones” as a member of Knight’s Company. Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey played Newton Knight. Coen also played a Blackstone agent in the 2016 remake of “The Magnificent Seven” starring Oscar winner Denzel Washington.
Trenton Fire Chief Terrence Elam, his son Dre, and Trenton’s Braxton Miller joined with musicians from Jackson, Brownsville, and Milan about five years ago to create 4Scorr. Elam said their music is a mix of blues and ‘90s R&B.
Music starts at 5 p.m., and the evening ends with the traditional Relay For Life luminaria ceremony. Luminaria bags and torches of hope are available for purchase to be displayed at the Downtown Pedestrian Park. Purchase a bag for $5 or a torch for $100 in honor or in memory of a loved one that has faced cancer. Memorials are available online at relayforlife.org/TrentonTN or in person at Trenton Animal Clinic or Centennial Bank in Trenton.
This year’s local Relay fundraising goal is $20,000 due by December 15. Candace Dean said teams have raised almost half.
Teams setting up Saturday are United For A Cause, selling BBQ bologna; Centennial Bank selling baked goods and auction items; Trenton Animal Clinic will have games; Regions Bank, selling glow items and balloon animals; Family Check Advance, selling popcorn and Frito chili pies; Sports Plus, selling s’mores and hot dogs; Trenton Special School District will have a cake walk; and the Relay for Life committee will have luminaria bags and T-shirts for sale. To The Last Drop will reserve their patio for cancer survivors and will have free cake for survivors. Survivors will also receive T-shirts and medallions.