JTM Music Festival scheduled for Sept. 27

REXBURG – The JTM Music Festival 2019 is coming to town.

The festival features JTM (James the Mormon), Drake Bell of Nickelodeon’s “Drake and Josh” and Indie R&B recording artist Jay Warren.

The festival is scheduled at 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27 on West Second Street. Righteous Slice is serving as the festival’s main sponsor.

According to event organizer and musician Landen Day, JTM reached out to him earlier this month about entertaining here.

“I think he just really likes preforming in Rexburg. He has a good following here,” Day said.

According to Allmusic.com, JTM specializes in “Motivational Hip-Hop.” His breakthrough song “I’m Not a Rapper” proved a hit on 2016 streaming charts. An Orem, Utah, native, JTM or James Brandt Curran started writing songs at the age of 14 and began preforming three years later. He went on to create YouTube videos one of which he made with fellow singer and Latter-day Saint David Archuleta.

James the Mormon recently shortened his name to JTM, said Day.

“He’s a hip-hop artist who is pretty well known in the Utah an Idaho. This is his last project under the name ‘JTM.’ I think he wants to start a new project under a new name.” he said.

Day said he is looking forward to Bell preforming as well.

“Somebody like Drake Bell is coming to Rexburg. That doesn’t happen very often. He’s nationally a well-known actor and musical artist. That’s pretty big,” he said.

According to Allmusic.com, Bell started acting when he was just five years old and began playing the guitar in 2001. He continued acting and writing songs while on “Drake & Josh.” He released a live album “Drake Bell in Concert” in 2008 and released “Ready Steady Go!” in April 2014.

According to his website jywrrn.com, Warren is from Salt Lake City and started singing in his school and church choirs starting at the age of eight. He released his debut album in 2017. He has worked with Gladys Knight, and has also performed at Radio City Music Hall.

Up to 15 additional artists are scheduled to perform and those include Nate Waite, Tiffany Houghton, Bri Way, Cam Stone and others.

“There are quite a few artists that are going to be playing. Most of the artists are from the Utah and Idaho area. There’s also some other artists from across the country that are coming,” Day said.

Day noted that JTM announced the Rexburg concert on his Instagram account last week and received a great response.

“There were hundreds of comments from people who said they wanted to go. With BYU-Idaho student and school being in session, quite a few people will be there,” he said.

Rexburg Mayor Jerry Merrill says that he’s thrilled to have the JTM Music Festival come to Rexburg.

“We’re always supportive of fun events happening in town. It sounds like it will be a fun event,” he said.

Merrill also noted the upcoming Experience Rexburg that will feature two bands on Sept 21. He also reported that “Chalk Fight” where another concert is scheduled at 8 p.m., Sept. 20, at Porter Park.

“There are several things to do for the students coming back to town. The locals are more than welcome to come to those as well. It should be a fun time for anybody looking for some good music and some entertainment,” he said.

Merrill says that it’s wonderful for all Rexburg residents to have something to enjoy after work and school.

“It brings people downtown, and, hopefully, to support the businesses around the area. It’s always good to have things going on. People like living in a place that doesn’t roll up the sidewalks at 9 at night,” he said.

Day said that he’s really looking forward to the upcoming concert.

“I’m really excited for this event. I think it’s going to be a great show to promote music in Rexburg and surrounding areas. It will be a really good thing for the community,” he said. “It’s a music festival, but it’s a charity event as well. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Upper Valley Child Advocacy Center. That’s pretty cool.”

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To contact Lisa Dayley Smith write to lsmith@uvsj.com