1st Annual Rock’n & Reel’n Benefit Gala to be Held in Nashville

Two Old Hippies, Bedell Guitars, National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and Berkley are pleased to announce the first annual Rock’n & Reel’n Celebrity Fishing Tournament and Benefit Concert to be held July 9-10 in Nashville in conjunction with the Summer NAMM trade show (July 12-14).

A gala dinner and concert will follow the tournament at Nashville’s famed Wildhorse Saloon, featuring performances from John Oates, Gary Morris, emerging singer/songwriter Drake White, Professional Angler and country artist Casey Ashley, along with more of Nashville’s finest talents to be announced soon.

“I’m excited to be hosting the event in Music City,” said Tom Bedell, owner of Two Old Hippies and Bedell Guitars. “It’s the perfect place to hold an event that brings together fishing and music enthusiasts to support putting music back in public schools.”

The tournament and gala will pair up celebrities and music industry sponsors with some of the most well-known fishing pros in the bass fishing industry. Proceeds will help the Two Old Hippies Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee support Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit that transforms children’s lives by restoring and revitalizing music in public schools with economically disadvantaged kids.

The event kicks off the evening of Monday, July 9 with a special meet-and-greet reception at the Sambuca Restaurant in the Gulch. The following day (July 10), a bass fishing tournament will take place on Old Hickory Lake located on the Cumberland River, just northeast of Nashville. Fishing pros from the bass fishing industry will include two-time Bassmaster champion Hank Parker, as well as veterans Larry Nixon, Paul Elias, Casey Ashley, and NAMM attendees — all for the cause of keeping music in public schools.

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