Down With the Farm

Kamm's Corners market day inspires a new CD

Music has been a big part of the Kamm's Corners Farmers Market since it opened in West Park back in 2008. Joe Outlaw, a neighborhood guy who has professional relationships with local musicians, and Dan McMillan, who plays guitar in the band Brand New Hat, have been responsible for recruiting local artists to play while shoppers stock up on fruits and veggies. Now they've overseen Music of the Market, a compilation featuring some of the musicians who have performed at the market over the past three years, including singer-songwriter Alex Bevan, roots rockers Cats on Holiday, and bluesman Wallace Coleman. A CD-release party takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Kamm's Corners bar Stir. Many of the 17 artists who appear on the album will perform short sets.

"We wanted to give preference to local musicians and the artists who live closer to Kamm's Corners and the market," says Outlaw. "We set a high bar for talent. We never have percussion beyond a set of bongos. It has to be market-appropriate, because people need to do financial transactions. And even then, we still get vendors requesting to turn the music down."

Outlaw encourages diversity among the artists. "While markets tend to get mostly folk singers, we have had jazz singers and a blues group and bluegrass," he says. "We try to span different cultures and genres." Tickets to the concert are $10. You can hear some songs from the album at

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