…as seen on HometownHeadlines.com…
By Bryan Mullins
Thursday evenings are perfect for dinner and some live music around the Rome area. Russell McClanahan & the mOOn Crew perform old time string band music in the Harvest Moon dining room, which has become a downtown Rome tradition.
Johnny’s Pizza has expanded its live music to Thursdays and tonight they’ll host David Elliott, a local songwriter who guitar playing is equally as impressive as his original material. Both are great.
Jon Byrd performs acoustic originals and favorites in the downstairs bar at 333 on Broad, which has recently become a weekly favorite as well.
Brother Huff’s Microbrewery is hosting a Thirsty Thursday event tonight with bar poker, beer pong, and buy one get one free brews with a college ID. They’ve also got a seasonal pumpkin ale that has already made a name for itself around town.
This weekend is going to be filled with fun options to celebrate Halloween.
On Friday night, the Chieftains Museum will host Haunted Ballads by the River featuring music from Lynn West Bains and Phil Helton. This is a great opportunity to listen to some great spooky tunes by two great artists.
The Rome Little Theatre’s production of Dracula is a hit and there are multiple opportunities to catch their performance this Friday and Saturday night, a matinee show on Sunday, and then the final performance on Halloween night, which is of course, is Monday.
Jason Lyles will bring his acoustic power pop and alt rock sound to Johnny’s New York Style Pizza this Friday. Lyles is a Chattanooga-based artist who has released multiple albums over the last couple of years and has really developed a sound of his own.
The John Lee Hookers will light up the Moon Roof Bar with their excellent tribute to classic blues and rockabilly swing. Clay Broome has thrown together an amazing combo with former student Chris Carter on the bass and Chuck Harris holds it all together on the drums. If you like early roots of rock ‘n’ roll, these guys are a must see.
The 400 Block Bar will host music by Stephen Smith and Ian Griffin. These two guys really know how to play and have a blast every time they get together. You may recognize them as It’s My Island. Not sure what they’ll be called this time around but I’m sure it will be something clever.
The Ledge is opened in the old McCrobie’s building and they are kicking it off right with a punk rock Halloween extravaganza featuring three of the areas most supercharges bands: Unseen Stimuli, Nosecone Prophets, and The Pox. These guys really blow it out of the water. Come check it out if you like the old school punk rock.
Chieftains Museum will host another fun and frightful event called Hallowed Hauntings. A local group of storytellers, the Seven Hills Tellers, will share ghost stories and spooky folklore to those who enjoy a good scare.
This Saturday evening Johnny’s New York Style Pizza will host the music of Scott Thompson. He’s a pro and one of Rome’s favorites when it comes to playing his original tunes, a wide array of crowd favorites, and dispensing good vibes throughout the venue.
Donny Hammonds is another artist who has been very busy this year playing all over the tri-state area. He’s got a stack of tunes that would take three weeks to hear so you never know what you’ll get. Chances are, it’s what you ask for. He’ll be at the Moon Roof Bar on Saturday.
The Schroeder’s Courtyard will be serving up that good ol’ Georgia slop rock with a Halloween Meltdown featuring Muletide Perkins Trio, Graham & Vann, and some surprise guests. These guys are always looking to have a good time so throw on a costume and kick start the night of with the Floyd County freaks.
The 400 Block Bar has been synonymous with Halloween for years now and this year it will be no exception. The night will be in full force with My Ninja providing the tunes. These guys know how to get a party started with their keyboard driven left of the dial ’80s new wave style.
Stevie Monce is an Atlanta area singer/songwriter that is not afraid to get down and dirty with his band. His Americana and pop rock infusion has done very well over the last few years and has sold out 333 on Broad on previous visits. There’s no question that he will be bringing it with 110 percent Saturday night at the 3s.
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