Thursday, June 30th, 2011
By Bryan Mullins
Poetry fans will really enjoy this month’s poetry night titled Speaking of Tuscaloosa. Readings from three Tuscaloosa poets include Patti White, Farren Stanley, and Joseph P. Wood. The tornadoes this past spring were devastating to Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas and there is still much work to do to help them get back on their feet. Attendees at Schroeder’s New Deli are invited to make a donation to the Tuscaloosa Emergency Relief Fund.
The Rome Area History Museum will be holding their annual fundraising event in a very enjoyable way. Cocktail Cruise on the Coosa is an opportunity to cruise down the mighty Coosa while having cocktails; therefore the name of the event is quite suitable. Sounds like a nice way to spend a summer evening.
Don’t forget about these great opportunities to have dinner while listening to outstanding local music. Russell McClanahan & the mOOn Crew are in the Harvest Moon dining room, Jon Byrd is in the downstairs bar at 333 on Broad and The Booze Mountaineers are in the cattlepen at Santa Fe Cattle Co.
Imagine Hair Art & Studio Gallery will host the opening reception for the Ben Sproles Art Show at their cool downtown location. Sproles’ art will be on display until July 29th.
It’s time for the third installment of the 2011 First Friday Concert Series at Bridgepoint Plaza. This is a free show in a great spot and this month features Curiosity Shoppe, a band that has been rocking the Southeast since the ’90s. These guys know how to throw a party and have a wide and diverse array of your favorite hits from different decades.
There’s no question that the guys from Kneckdown know how to throw a party. Folks come out of the woodwork whenever they take the stage with their country rock and good vibes. Join in the fun this Friday night in the upstairs lounge at 333 on Broad.
Jason Lyles is a Chattanooga-based songwriter with a power pop and alternative edge. He’s been enjoying a relationship with the Rome music scene for years now and will return this Friday to Johnny’s Pizza.
The Moon Roof Bar will host the alt country and Southern fried rock twang of The Jake Leggs who aren’t afraid to get rowdy a crank out some noise.
Cory Tucker has earned a large following with his acoustic songwriting and select covers. He brought in a great crowd at the 400 Block Bar his first time around there and will surely do the same this Friday.
Bent in Bama returns to the 400 Block Bar. These guys were among the Final Four of the Roman Roast on the River’s Battle of the Bands. Since their grand performance on the stage at Ridge Ferry Park they have followed up strong playing all over Floyd County and really opening up some ears to their fresh sound.
Brandon Trapp is a guitar extraordinaire who will be performing this Saturday night at the Moon Roof Bar. He is a recent Shorter University grad and teaches guitar as well.
Brickyard Hill is a Southern rock band that knows all the good ones and delivers the heat with ease. They’ll be at Opi’s Roadhouse in Shannon.
As you all know the 4th of July falls on a Monday this year and the Annual Salute to America Concert and Fireworks Celebration will be taking place at Ridge Ferry Park featuring two of Rome’s absolute favorite bands, Kneckdown and Jerry On the Moon. That’s a nice lineup right there!
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