The next generation of Brown County musical talent will be featured in the third annual Youth Music Showcase, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at the Brown County Playhouse.

Proceeds will benefit the Brown County Enrichment for Teens Association, Inc. (BETA) Teen Center, a nonprofit Brown County program for teenagers that provides after-school activities and a June camp at no cost to participants.

The evening’s musical lineup includes Simon and Cedric Brown on piano and trumpet; Sage Walcott on mandolin and accompanied by her father, Mark Walcott; Gabrielle Steenberger and Heather Dawn Elkins on fiddle and guitar, performing with Picker Dan and Heather’s father, Barry Elkins; Jackson O’Shea on guitar with his mother, Allison O’Shea; Hannah, Luke, Elizabeth, Josephine, Faye and Joe Foster; Sydney Miller on guitar; Zelton Kay with his father, Jon Kay; Braeden Nathaniel Brown on guitar; and Ady Grider on guitar, performing with her mother, Amanda Grider.

Local adult musicians Kara Barnard, the event’s host, and Cari Ray, emcee, also will join several of the young musicians on stage.

Suzannah Levett Zody, manager at the Brown County Playhouse, said the first two Youth Music Showcases wowed crowds with the young musicians’ talent.

“The fact that they’re performing with some of the area’s great adult musicians makes for a really unique, fun evening,” she said. “We’ve had great crowds in the past and hope for an even bigger one this year.”

Levett Zody said the event’s silent auction, featuring many handmade items from area artists, is one of the best she’s ever seen.

Organizers will be accepting auction items until the day of the event. You can drop off items in Nashville to Christy McGinley-Hughes of Farmers Insurance at 146 E. Main St., Suite 2 in Redbud Terrace next to Trilogy or contact Cindy Steele at 812-988-8807 for pickup.

Tickets will cost $12. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free with a paid adult, based on availability. Visit or call 812-988-6555.


The BETA Teen Center offers a safe space where teens can play games, listen to music, learn new skills, make friends, and be themselves. Participation is free.

For more information on the teen center, visit Beta Teen on Facebook.

Donations can be sent to BETA, P.O. Box 1194, Nashville, IN 47448.

To volunteer with BETA, call Cheri Platter at 812-988-8378.