Outback Concerts Co-Founder Kathy Smardak Passes

L-R: Sasha Smardak, Mike Smardak, Kristina Smardak, Kathy Smardak
Photo credit: Rick Diamond

Kathy Smardak, co-founder of Outback Concerts, died on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tenn. after a brief illness. She was 60 years old.

Smardak was born on November 24, 1959, in Lynchburg, VA, and graduated from Brookville High School and Virginia Western Community College. She married husband Michael Smardak in 1992. In 1997, the two co-founded Outback Concerts, a successful independent concert promotion company located in Nashville.

Kathy is survived by her husband and beloved daughters Sasha Amara Karina Smardak and Natalya Kristina Smardak.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, October 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., at The Stone House at Arrington Vineyards. A private family graveside will be held at Woodlawn Memorial Park in the Grand Tour Garden.

Flowers may be sent to the Williamson Memorial Funeral Home at 3009 Columbia Ave., Franklin, TN, 37064, (615) 794-2289, and donations in remembrance can be sent to the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes, P.O. Box 2206, Brentwood, TN 37024.



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