Bluegrass & Folk Festival in Historic Downtown Cartersville October 18 2014. FREE!

About the Festival


Join us for the second annual Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival on Saturday, October 18, in downtown Cartersville. The first festival, held in October 2013, featured 13 bands on two stages, a Kids' Area, and more drew more than 2,000 attendees. The hope is to make the 2014 event even bigger and better! Centrally located among the many historic buildings and progressive charm of downtown, Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival features two stages of entertainment - each nestled among their own, unique atmosphere. The Main Stage, held in Friendship Plaza, features a variety of bluegrass bands. The stage, which sits next to the historic train depot, features a small amphitheater and plenty of grass to bring your blanket or lawn chair to nestle in for the day. Located in the 1979 bay area of the old fire station - which was erected in 1916 – is the Firehouse Stage featuring both bluegrass and folk musicians. The 2014 event will also feature a vendor area with limited food, craft and art vendor spaces available. Click here for a Vendor Application. The free, family-friendly event also features a Kids' Corner with a variety of games and art activities for children to enjoy. Rain or Shine!

The Schedule



Main Stage


11:30am Scarlet Wool Band
12:30pm Luther’s Mountain Band
1:30pm Max and Maggie
2:30pm Grass Backards
3:30pm Old Mill Road Band
4:30pm Cherokee Cutups
5:30pm The Little Roy and Lizzy Show


Firehouse Stage


Sponsored by Cohutta Fishing Co.



12:00pm Rick Mckee
1:00pm Natalie Goodwin
2:00pm Fish & Picks
3:00pm Jamie Henderson & Friends
4:00pm Windfall
7:00pm Rolling Nowhere




Evening Entertainment


Spread throughout Historic Downtown Cartersville. A schedule of known events will be posted as it becomes available.




The Bands



Cherokee Cutups


The Cherokee Cut ups are a group of friends dedicated to playing the best Bluegrass music we can possibly play!
Visit Cherokee Cut Ups on Facebook


Fish & Picks


Fish and Picks is a family band made up of eight siblings. We enjoy playing and singing a mix of bluegrass, folk, hymns, Irish, and country music; our instruments include upright bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and twin fiddles. www.fishandpicks.com


Grass Backards


The Band is made up of Angie Hawkins,the well-known Larry Benefield and Veteran Bluegrass Musician Dan Daniel. Angie Hawkins plays Upright Bass and Vocals. Angie is a member of the Atlanta Country Music Hall Of Fame. Larry Benefield plays Guitar and Vocals. Larry is a member of The Atlanta Country Music Hall Of Fame. Dan Daniel plays Banjo and Vocals. Dan is a member of The Atlanta Country Music Hall Of Fame and The Atlanta Society Of Entertainers. Although traditional bluegrass at heart, this band also does a few interesting renditions such as Freebird, and other classics as well. Visit Grass Backardz on Facebook


Jamie Henderson & Friends


Jamie studied Guitar and Saxophone at The University of Georgia, Guitar Institute of Technology, Troy State University, The Art Institute of Atlanta and currently teaches at Great Southern Music in Cartersville. Jamie is also active as a live performer and was a session guitarist in Nashville, TN. Originally a native of Sandy Springs, GA, Jamie’s family moved to Cartersville in 1992 and now considers this his permanent home. He has performed with several different bands over the years but is mostly a hired gun. He has studied with guitarist Jimmy Herring (The Allman Brothers, The Dead, Widespread Panic), Kevin Ray (Taylor Swift, Steely Dan, Bransford Marsalis) and has played with drummer David Northrup (Travis Tritt Band) on several occasions to name a few. “I love all forms of roots music whether it’s blues, country, rock, jazz, bluegrass or folk.”


Luther's Mountain


Luther's Mountain plays bluegrass, gospel, and old time favorites. The band members are from the west Atlanta area around Dallas, Rockmart, and Douglasville. Ron, Randy and Ben have known each other for many years as they were members of the same church. They started practicing together in March 2007 and formed a band that is now known as Luther's Mountain. Dane joined in September 2010. Click to see a video of Luthers Mountain.
www.luthersmountain.com


Max and Maggie


Max and Maggie started making music together one year ago. Max brings a wild fiddle style, a head full of verses, and a voice that’ll bring a bear out of hibernation. Maggie brings a driving, percussive guitar style, sweet harmonies, powerful lead vocals and recorder chops sharp enough to give you a haircut. Together they believe in the power of old music and want to share it with everyone around them. Kick off your shoes and dance!
Find Max and Maggie on Facebook.


Natalie Goodwin


Natalie Goodwin is a singer-songwriter that lives here in Cartersville. She has been playing guitar for about 18 years and has been singing since she was a little girl. Natalie pulls her musical style from a passion for all types of music. “When I say I love all types of music, I mean it! Blues, Folk, Salsa, Classical, Funk, Rock-n-Roll, Bluegrass… I love it all.” Natalie said. Her style can be considered bluesy folk as she pulls from artists like John Prine, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Smithers, and Allison Krauss.


Old Mill Road Band


The Old Mill Road Band is an innovative "bluegrass" band with a wide range of musical styling and genres. Their play lists include traditional bluegrass, new grass, country, blues, southern rock, and folk. Each member of the Old Mill Road Band has had many years of experience playing and entertaining in a variety of venues, which combined, give them a unique show stopping style that's sure to please. Ripping instrumentals, smooth vocalization, and multi layered harmonies make the Old Mill Road sound adaptable regardless of the genre. www.oldmillroadband.com


Rick Mckee



Rick McKee has been singing professionally and writing music for over 25 years. He has written songs for and played with such varied groups as The Brillo Brothers, Solomon's Gold, The Beat Cleavers, Canaan Ridge, Clock Tower Jazz Band, and The Blue Hills Trio. From childhood and throughout his adult life, Rick has immersed himself in many musical genres including blues, rock, jazz. bluegrass, contemporary Christian, and country. He is frequently called upon to play bass, guitar or drums in pit bands for musicals throughout northwest GA.

His first CD, New Religion, features twelve songs of love, life and heartbreak set to hauntingly beautiful melodies and harmonies. McKee's second CD, Soft Horizon, was recorded to accompany the yoga sequences and practice of Sue Hopkins, CYA, in Cartersville, Georgia.

Rick earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Shorter College, a Masters in Music Composition and Educational Specialist Degree in Music Education from the UGA. He has performed in early and modern music ensembles, large and small ensembles performing music of the classical masters, as well as directed and performed with many church music ensembles. He is also a sought-after director and composer for children's voices. He and his wife, Angee, have recently started Cosmic Possum Music, a digital music publishing business. Together, they started the Ascension Coffee House which features many different local songwriters in a listening room environment.

You can hear sound clips on Rick’s web page at : www.rickmckee.net


Rolling Nowhere


Born in the North Georgia hills and defying current genre classification, Rolling Nowhere has been described as a Psychedelic Junkyard Roots band with a sound that evolves with every show. Their sound combines Classic Country, Old Timey Folk, Blues Roots and Psychedelic Rock ‘n’ Roll. The band has down home 3 part harmonies, a mutual love of songwriting, and a wide array of instrumentation including; the Canjo - a washboard percussion experiment, upright bass, telecaster guitar, drums, dobro, banjo, and mandolin. www.rollingnowhere.com


Scarlet Wool Band


Scarlet Wool delivers an authentic, unique blend of music styles accompanied by undeniable sibling harmony. This trio consists of: Tabby on violin and banjo, Erin on acoustic guitar and suitcase drum (yes, you read correctly, suitcase,) and Hannah on mandolin and foot pedal tambourine. Lead and harmony vocals are pleasantly delivered by all three. Find Scarlet Wool Band on Facebook.


The Little Roy and Lizzy Show


Little Roy, of the legendary Lewis Family, has won numerous awards as Entertainer and for his banjo playing. Lizzy Long has also been recognized for her strong vocals and fiddle playing. The duo performs all over the country, entertaining audiences with the variety of string instruments they can each play, storytelling, and harmonizing.


Windfall


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Windfall is an Americana band founded on vocal harmonies and a lingering lead.









Historic Downtown Cartersville Georgia Bluegrass Festival

Location

The Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival is located in beautiful historic downtown Cartersville, Georgia. Whether you are a first time visitor to Downtown Cartersville, or have lived here for years, we invite you to explore dozens of delightful shops and the many delicious restaurants, from southern flavor to fine dining.

Learn about our local history at Bartow History Museum and See America's Story at Booth Western Art Museum; attend outstanding performances at the Grand Theatre and Legion Theatre. Or simply take a walk or drive through historic neighborhoods. Come enjoy the character that Cartersville, Georgia offers.

Directions

From I-75 take Exit 288, Cartersville Main Street. Continue west on Main Street approximately 2 miles until you pass over Highway 41 and into historic downtown Cartersville. The Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival will be held in the center of Cartersville, with the main stage next to the train depot.

Parking

Free parking is available throughout the downtown district. CLICK HERE for a map of available parking.

Lodging

Check out the many great lodging options by visiting our local Convention & Visitor Bureau's website: Hotels | Bed & Breakfast | Cabins | Campsites | Resorts












Kids' Corner

The Kids' Corner will be held in the parking lot next to the fountain in downtown Cartersville, and will feature a variety of activities and games for children to enjoy from 12:00 - 5:00pm. There will be an opportunity for children 12 and under to design their own train conductor hat; attempt to catch a fish; have their face painted; work off some energy in a bounce house; or leave their mark painting on a wooden train.

Sponsored by Coosa Valley Credit Union






























Sponsors



As a non-profit, Cartersville DDA relies on the local businesses to help facilitate community-enriching programs such as the Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival. Please consider helping the Downtown Development Authority bring great musical experiences like this festival to the City of Cartersville through financial contributions. There are various sponsorship levels available for the festival. Cartersville DDA is currently seeking sponsors for the 2014 Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival. Numerous marketing opportunities are available, making it a great investment. Please click here for a full sponsorship packet.



Cohutta Fishing Company


The premier full service North Georgia fly shop offering a range of high quality fishing products.
www.cohuttafishingco.com

Coosa Valley Credit Union


With a focus on people, Coosa Valley Federal Credit Union provides members with the best financial services available in a not-for-profit environment. CVCU offers a full range of financial products and services specifically designed to their members' needs and provide them substantial savings. www.mycvcu.org

Lara J Designs


A full-service graphic design studio located in historic downtown Cartersville specializing in logo, website, print & branding design.
www.larajdesigns.com

Event Supporter – Fusion Dance Company



Fusion Dance Company: Founded in 2011, Fusion Dance Company has over two decades of dance experience and fundamental knowledge. The concept of Fusion came from the need to challenge the creative minds of today's youth while intertwining the foundations of the art of dance. Students of all ages learn a variety of genres at Fusion Dance including contemporary Jazz, Hip-Hop, Character and lyrical.

Downtown Supporter – Georgia Highlands Medical Services and Hotel Meeting Match, LLC



Georgia Highlands Medical Services: Bartow Family Health Center is a Patient-Centered Family Medical Care Facility. We accept ALL Major Insurances, Medicare and Medicaid. We offer a sliding fee scale program for uninsured patients. GHMS is a Certified Application Counselor Organization which offers onsite enrollment assistance for the Affordable Care Act/Health Insurance Marketplace. For appointments please call 470-315-4689.

Hotel Meeting Match, LLC: Specializing in global hotel site selection and contract negotiation for groups, meetings and conventions utilizing ten or more sleeping rooms per night. Let us help you find the perfect hotel for your group efficiently, professionally and free of charge. Learn more by visiting www.hotelmeetingmatch.com or calling 404.462.1202.















Contact



Want to know more about the Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival?
Call the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority at (770) 607-3480 or email us at ddainfo@cityofcartersville.org