Thanks for coming to the 2015 Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival!


Join us next year on October 15th, 2016 for the 4th Annual Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival! FREE Admission, FREE Kids’ Corner Activities, FREE Parking, FREE Music!

If you would like to become a sponsor, vendor, or volunteer for the 2016 festival please contact us here.

The 2015 Schedule

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Depot Stage

11:00am Dixie Fire Cloggers
11:30pm Scarlet Wool Band
12:30pm Old Mill Road
1:30pm Luthers Mountain
2:30pm Fish & Picks
3:30pm Windfall
4:30pm Cherokee Cutups
5:30pm Curtis Jones & the Primal Roots
7:00pm The Roys

Firehouse Stage

12:00pm Georgia Mountain String Band
1:00pm Jim Haigler
2:00pm Rick McKee & Natalie Goodwin
3:00pm The Owens Brothers
4:00pm Conservation Theory
5:00pm City Hotel

2015 Bands


The Roys
After years of hard work, siblings Lee and Elaine Roy have firmly established themselves as one of the pre-eminent acts in Bluegrass today. The Roys they bring immaculate harmonies, impeccable musicianship and strong songwriting to their music, combining a traditional vocal styling with a progressive instrumental attitude to enchant fans around the world. Depot 7pm

City Hotel Band
City Hotel Band has emerged as one of the most engaging acts in Savannah, GA. Melding a love of popular and indie rock music with a traditional bluegrass lineup, the band provides an individual, exciting, and eclectic sound. Firehouse 5pm

Conservation Theory

We are the rustic Appalachian Americana folk band from the beginnings of the Blue Ridge in South Carolina. We speak of the mountains, rivers, heartache and downhome love and life. Firehouse 4pm

Curtis Jones & The Primal Roots
We are the rustic Appalachian Americana folk band from the beginnings of the Blue Ridge in South Carolina. We speak of the mountains, rivers, heartache and downhome love and life. Depot 5:30pm

Cherokee Cutups

The Cherokee Cut ups are a group of friends dedicated to playing the best Bluegrass music we can possibly play! Depot 4:30pm

The Owens Brothers

The Owens Brothers is an award winning musical duo consisting of Billy Owens and Randy Owens. The Owens Brothers perform popular music of various genres, spanning several decades. Firehouse 3pm


wind·fall noun \ˈwin(d)-ˌfȯl\ : An unexpected, unearned, or sudden gain or advantage, a piece of unexpected good fortune,bonanza, jackpot, stroke of luck … Windfall is an Americana band founded on vocal harmonies and a lingering lead.
Depot 3:30pm

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. Depot 2:30pm

Rick Mckee
Rick performs in many musical genres including blues, rock, jazz, bluegrass, and country. Firehouse 2pm

Natalie Goodwin

Natalie’s style is bluesy folk pulling from artists like John Prine, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Smithers, and Allison Krauss. Firehouse 2pm


Luther’s Mountain Band
Luther’s Mountain plays bluegrass, gospel, and old time favorites. They started practicing together in March 2007 and formed a band that is now known as Luther’s Mountain. Depot 1:30pm

Jim Haigler

Jim Haigler has been involved in folk and bluegrass music since his college days. His style reflects his folk music background as he blends humor and wit in some songs, while others strike a more somber and melancholy tone. Firehouse 1pm

Georgia Mountain String Band

Georgia Mountain String Band is a bluegrass project started by Jason C. Waller.It is an outlet for playing shows with different players, who all work from a playbook of Country and Bluegrass songs and original material. Firehouse 12pm

Old Mill Road Band
Ripping instrumentals, smooth vocalization, and multi layered harmonies make the Old Mill Road sound adaptable regardless of the genre. Depot 12:30pm

Scarlet Wool Band

With elements of Bluegrass, Folk, Contemporary and Gospel, you are sure to be ministered to as well as entertained as they devote themselves to sharing the gifts that the Lord has given them. Depot 11:30am

Dixie Fire Cloggers
Our team members range in age from 8 to grandma, and our music taste runs the scale from bluegrass, old country, old rock, new country, new rock, ethnic music, and anything that has a good beat. Depot 11:00am


map3 copyThe 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.


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.


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


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

Kids’ Corner

kids_corner_2014-copy1The Kids’ Corner will be held in the parking lot next to the water fountain in Historic 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 participate in our coloring contest; design their own train conductor hat; attempt to catch a fish in the fountain; 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

A HUGE Thank You to Coosa Valley Credit Union for being our Kids’ Corner sponsor for the last 3 years! You have made so many children happy!


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, which will be posted soon.

A huge THANK YOU to our 2015 sponsors!

Kids Corner Sponsor


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.


Bluegrass Buddy Sponsor

Lara J Designs
Lara J Designs is a graphic and web design studio based in Cartersville, Georgia.


Vehicle Sponsor


Robert Loehr

Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram
Event Sponsors


Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C.

Skin Cancer Specialists: Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C. is a team of dermatologists and dermatology physician assistants, Mohs surgeons, dermatopathologists, and skin care professionals who specialize in keeping your skin healthy, and looking and feeling its best.



Johnny on the Spot

Johnny on the Spot: Johnny on the Spot supplies portable restrooms and bathrooms. The company serves construction industry as well as special events. Trailer units are also available.
Event Supporters:


Blue Sky Outfitters

Blue Sky Outfitter in Cartersville, GA provides outdoor enthusiasts in the metro Atlanta, Georgia area with top-brand gear & clothing for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking and more. Let our staff of friendly experts help you get ready for your next adventure in the Northwest Georgia area. We have the gear you need for enjoying a weekend on Allatoona Lake, hiking the foothills Appalachian Trail and more good times outdoors.


Haigler Systems Architecture

Jim Haigler
26 East Church Street Cartersville GA 30120


Downtown Supporters:

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.


The Storage Key:Storage Units in 20+ Sizes,
Climate Controlled Available
RV, Boat & Vehicle Storage. Over 38 years of Dependable Service.


Hotel Meeting Match: Picture
Hotel Meeting Match specializes in finding the perfect hotel match for your organization’s next meeting, convention, outing or event. Our specialized and experienced team offers hotel site selection and contract negotiation for groups, meetings and conventions utilizing 100 or more sleeping rooms.



Bartow History Museum: The museum, located at 4 East Church Street in downtown Cartersville, Georgia, documents the history of northwest Georgia’s Bartow County, spanning more than 200 years since the Cherokee were the area’s primary residents. Artifacts, photographs, documents, and a variety of interactive permanent exhibits tell the story of settlement, Cherokee life and removal, Civil War strife, and lifestyles of years past.



Bill Chandler: Edward Jones is an investment firm that believes your financial goals deserve a face to face conversation. We can help you prepare for retirement, save for education and be a tax-smart investor.


Jane Haigler, Licensed Professional Counselor
26 East Church Street Cartersville GA 30120, 404-403-8817



It’s About Time Boutique
the premier place to shop for Watches, Clocks, Jewelry and luxury Giftware in Historic Downtown Cartersville. From Wedding Gift Registry to full service Watch Repair and Clock Repair, this beautiful boutique has become a beloved local gem.



A huge THANK YOU to our 2015 vendors!

Alisha’s Kitchen – BBQ Pork, Ribs, Chicken, Brisket, Baked Potatoes, and more!

Alfa Insurance: Hayley Gurley Agency -Insurance Agency

Adena Harper – Advanced color consultant & independant sales director

Bartow County Community Church Shop – Giving away bottled water with coupons for the community church shop.

Breathe in Rome – We market a premium line of air purification systems.

The Cartersville School of Ballet – Information about the school’s many different types of dance classes, specialty camps, and programs including ballet, tap, jazz, and more.

Chuck Powell – Custom shelves & coat racks

Crochet Crafts by Sheri Peeples – Crochet items, walking sticks and canes

Coconuts Ice Cream – Ice Cream, Smoothies, & Shave Ice

Darn Good Seasoning/Rhineland Cutlery – Seasoning and Cutlery

Doolittle Potter – Handmade pottery- decorative and functional, bowls, candle holders, mugs, plates, etc

Enchanting Enterprises, INC – Children/Young Adult books, Fairy Jewelry, Iron Work Items, and more!

The Foggery – Water & Merch

Get Cooking with the Kitchen Diva, LLC – New Orleans Jambalaya Mix, New Orleans Red Bens Mix, Italian Biscotti- traditional, dried cherry, and more

Georgia Carry – Information on the right to bear arms

It’s About Time Boutique – the premier place to shop for Watches, Clocks, Jewelry and luxury Giftware in Historic Downtown Cartersville. From Wedding Gift Registry to full service Watch Repair and Clock Repair, this beautiful boutique has become a beloved local gem.

Jerry’s Repurposing – Birdhouses, bird feeders, homemade wind chimes, peanuts

Kim’s Tote-aly Hip Bags & Such Thirty-One – Totes, jewelry, and more.

Meg Pie – Cakes, pies, coffee, and water.

Mellow Mushroom – Pizza, craft beer, & wine

The Nut Man – Boiled peanuts & drinks

Paparazzi and Accessories – Jewelry and accessories

Rock’N Designs – Guitar Tables & Wall Art

Skin Care Specialists, P.C. & Aesthetic Center – Giving out patient care education on skin cancer and goodie bags with pamphlets, back scratcher, etc.

Sutton Farm – Goat milk soap, raw honey, and eggs.

Timeless Emollients LLC – Soap, Lipbalm, deodorant, bath bombs, and more!

Traci Lynn Jewelry – Jewelry & Supplies

Twister Woodworks – Wood turned items: candle holders, vases, ring holders, spinning tops, bowls, etc.

Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Que – Bar-B-Q from a traditional wood burning pit.