Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys; Derek Hoke; Sarah Potenza; Siderunners; Lawrence Peters Outfit; Katie Belle & the Belle Rangers; Lonesome Still; Ground Speed; Mountainaires; Wandering Boys; Blackest Crow; Hey, Chere! Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sun., June 14, 2 p.m. 2015

Sarah Potenza’s mighty, full-bellied belting is as au fait with blown-out 70s arena rock as it is gospel-drenched soul—the kind that echoed from the southern performance halls during the 50s and 60s. The Rhode Island native designated Chicago her home for nearly ten years, gigging at spots like the Hideout and Fitzgerald’s with her alt-country band Sarah & the Tall Boys before heading to East Nashville in 2013 for a creative reboot. As soon as she dropped her bags there, though, the producers from the reality TV show The Voice came calling. The 34-year-old rose through the show’s ranks, an anomaly in a sea of wide-eyed young ’uns many of whom had never performed outside of their bucolic hometowns. Everything about her larger-than-life persona—from her fiery intoning to her wild locks and signature white glasses—helped amass a legions of fans who couldn’t help but root for a self-made size-14 woman in cowboy boots. Today she performs as a part of A Day in the Country, the annual all-day celebration of honky-tonk, outlaw country, bluegrass, and more that local country stalwart Lawrence Peters has been throwing since 2007. Potenza’s working on a few covers with Nashville buddy Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys, and she promises to deliver a raucous range of entries from country music’s songbook for old friends and new fans. —Erin Osmon

Price: $10

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