The Wexler Group’s Trail Mix Concert Series will be returning to Izaak Walton Nature Preserve on Friday, Nov. 4, with a show featuring a performance from Nashville based acoustic singer-songwriter Tommy Womack.
“It is part of a new concert series we’re doing quarterly. Two outdoors and two indoors – that’s what we’re doing this year,” organizer Steve Ploum said. “We booked people that are not necessarily local. They’re not people that you can see every day around town.”
In the warmer months of this year, Trail Mix concerts were held outside at Izaak Walton. This coming Friday will be the first ever Trail Mix concert to not be outside. Womack will perform inside Senior Hall.
“The stage is going to be in front of a pretty cool-looking fireplace. We’ll have candles burning,” Ploum said. “It’s going to be a BYOB type of arrangement but there will be some concessions that are for sale.”
In years past, Trail Mix was a one-day festival of concerts. Because of the COVID, the event was cancelled in 2020. Trail Mix then broke up the festival into a concert Series throughout the year. If Trail Mix had to cancel again, a smaller event wouldn’t be as much of a loss. While the new arrangement originally was planned to be a temporary change of format, Ploum said they liked it so much, they decided to make the change permanent.
Ploum said Wormack was one of the artists who was originally supposed to play at the cancelled Trail Mix festival in 2020.
“I saw him at the Bluebird Café down in Nashville, which is an internationally known venue. Anybody in Nashville who’s anybody has played there at some point in time,” Ploum said.
Ploum said Womack “sings from the heart” and “writes songs that are humorous but also touching.”
Jeff Maharry and Mark Sheehy, members of the local band Falling Stars, will also be performing, Ploum said.
“They will be doing an acoustic duet set,” Ploum said.
Earlier this year, Trail Mix featured Sunny War, a folk-punk musician from Los Angeles, and Grammy-winning artist Don Lemon. Ploum said he was happy with how these concerts turned out.
“People were mesmerized. You could hear a pin drop because I think they were so engaging,” Ploum said.
Ploum said the indoor section of Senior Hall seats about 70 people. He said if Friday’s show doesn’t sell out tickets, they will be for sale on site. If a concert goer wants to pre-order tickets, they’re currently available on Tail Mix’s website in the Tickets and Merch section.