Friday, June 10th, 2011
By Bryan Mullins
The Suex Effect are a super talented Athens-based funk and jazz fusion ensemble that are extremely excited to return to the Schroeder’s Courtyard, a place that they have deemed their “favorite hide-away in Northwest Georgia.” These guys bring a nice rig and really now how to make it sing.
Dixie Duncan is an Atlanta-based multi-instrumental composer and musical anomaly. He has played in multiple bands for many people all over but has recently discovered Rome as a place that would soak up and enjoy his music. He’ll return to the 400 Block Bar on Friday following his Rome debut earlier this year.
Stevie Monce is an Atlanta-based acoustic rock artist that has made quite a name for himself in Rome for his memorable shows at 333 on Broad. He’ll be bringing his band back for a good one Friday night at the 3s.
Donny Hammonds will be performing at the Moon Roof Bar. He’s got every tune you could ask for under his belt and he belts them out with ease. Donny keeps a tight schedule and is always enjoyed when he performs in town.
Bent in Bama is a band that is new to Rome but has started out with a bang. Unknown to the local music scene, they placed in the Final Four in the Roman Roast on the River’s Battle of the Bands and performed at the event in May at Ridge Ferry Park. They immediately picked up some fans and are ready to come back. They’ll be performing in the Schroeder’s Courtyard this Saturday night with their very likeable original country rock blend.
The Moon Roof Bar will be full of sound on Saturday night from the powerhouse duo of David Bell and Tim Bowen, also known as Thunderbolt Patterson. Both artists excel at mastering their accumulation of instruments from guitars to accordions to homemade stomp box, one of Northwest Georgia’s finest audible treats.
McNary is an Atlanta-based trio that blends indie pop rock with alt country and has been playing all over the southeast this year. A typical set is a tasteful blend of up tempo cover songs and soulful originals. They will return to Rome and the 400 Block Bar this Saturday night.
The Booze Mountaineers will bring their soulful Appalachian rock to the City Club above Old Havana this Saturday night. Scott Warren has been a cornerstone of the Rome music scene for over a decade and has assembled a band of some of the finest musicians this area has to offer. Whether or not Warren could deliver pure honest music has never been a question. Anyone who was a fan of his previous bands will know doubt love the Booze Mountaineers.
Right next to Warren in the list of artists who have helped form the backbone of our current music explosion is Chad Vaillancourt. He is a local guy who has multiple projects, one of which is playing upright bass in Atlanta’s most smoking hot rockabilly and jump blues band, Atomic Boogie. They light up the place everywhere they go everytime and on Saturday it’s at DJ’s Tavern in Rome.
-More Mullins: Check his website, MullinsMania, for expanded entertainment coverage. Join Mullins and Matt D on The Ridge 95.7 FM weekdays, 7-9 a.m.