Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Russell McClanhan and the mOOn Crew will entertain the dinner crowd at Harvest Moon with that good old time Appalachian string band music. Later this evening, Jon Byrd will perform an acoustic dinner show in the downstairs at 333 on Broad. Rex Garner & Friends will entertain the good folks in Rockmart at Café 212, and the 400 Block Bar adds a new act to it’s Thursday service industry night with McNary, an Atlanta based trio that combines pop rock, indie, and alt country. Always great to have new bands to the area so let’s give McNary a warm welcome.
What an exciting night in Rome! Folks will be coming from miles and miles to see the one and only Cher! She’ll be performing a free concert in the parking lot on the corner of 1st and 4th. The concert is free but she only plans on doing one song and then signing autographs. Autographs are $750 each…APRIL FOOLS!
There’s plenty of great music to choose from this Friday night in downtown Rome. The 400 Block Bar will host The Booze Mountaineers, a country, blues, and roots combination fronted by Scott Warren, one of the firm anchors in Rome’s live music community.
Jerry on the Moon started out with a bang by winning last year’s Roman Roast on the River and 95.7 The Ridge’s Battle of the Bands. Since then they have applied their blend of funk jam improvisation to an alternative rock style of crafty songwriting. They will return to 333 on Broad, which is where they first kicked off their wild ride last year.
Well, what do you know? Looks like there will be hijinks abound Friday night at the City Club above Old Havana. That’s right, there’s going to be an April Fools Day gathering entitled Fool’s Night Out featuring the music of Muletide Perkins Trio & Graham and Vann. Rumor has it that foolishness will be in the air, as attendees have been granted permission to dress ridiculously if they please.
Cups & Mugs will host an acoustic performance by David Elliott, one of Rome’s most respected songwriter and guitar masters. Matt Chambers will get the crowd going at Opi’s Roadhouse in Shannon and local rockers Daddy Irv will light up The City Cellar and Loft in Cartersville.
Saturday holds some great events, especially in the art community. There will be two opening receptions for two must see exhibits. River City Bank will host the reception for the Rome Art Coterie’s Juried Art Show, which displays fabulous local art each year. Beginning only an hour later is the reception for local photographer Bill Bussey at Imagine Hair Art & Gallery Lounge. This makes it quite convenient to attend both and do some serious appreciating in one evening.
Saturday evening the The Forum will be filled with an all out extravaganza of traditional Celtic music as the Northwest Georgia Winds present Across The Big Pond XI, featuring the Roman Festival Brass, John Mohr MacIntosh Pipes & Drums, Shorter University Chorale, Claddagh School Irish Dancers, Ceilidh Celtic Ensemble, and many more. AND, it’s all free! Of course any donation are greatly appreciated.
The hard working Donny Hammonds plays all over but will perform his acoustic Southern rock and more at the 400 Block Bar, while 333 on Broad is extremely excited about the return of Babe’s Bayou, one of the area’s favorite country and Southern rock outfits.
We can’t forget about a very special performance on Sunday. The Roman Festival Brass presents An Afternoon at The Movies at Rome City Auditorium. Our favorite local brass band will be performing the great movie themes, a fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
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