Shopping at the East Tasty Farmer’s Market also meant listening to quality, local live music.
That’s because for 25 Saturdays in a row, Scott Barrier volunteered to make it happen.
Barrier, who began volunteering for Good Food for Good People last spring, lined up four musical acts for every Saturday East Tasty market.
But, he didn’t stop after recruiting the talent. He spent several hours every Saturday setting up the stage, the tent and the sound equipment. Then he did sound check, managed the show and tore it all down at the end of the day. And, occasionally, he played a few of his own songs to fill in.
“I love to support other artists and to get local music to people in different situations and different demographics,” Barrier said. “It was fun to do something on Saturday during the day for that demographic.”
East Tasty launched in May and market manager Nina Williams said Barrier’s volunteer work contributed in several ways to the success of the market.
“He made the environment fun and family friendly,” Williams said. “People could and did just hang out and enjoy the atmosphere.”
Also, by booking four acts each week, Barrier helped bring customers into the market as musicians’ friends and families came out to hear them play.
“His effort added value to the service we provide to the community,” Williams said. “He did a lot of work and he did it so cheerfully.”
Barrier moved to East Nashville 15 years ago to join a rock band. Since then he’s played with several bands and he writes country music.
His rock, pop and folk background means he has connections with several people and volunteering for East Tasty gave him a chance to use his connections and passion to bring local artists to a community stage.
“I’m a singer songwriter and my main passion in life is music and I love to be around music,” he said. “I love being part of East Nashville and musical community. I want to help artists get exposure and bring good music to our customers.”