Poetry, celebrity dancers and big dose of hometown talent from Backswing to KneckDown highlight weekend entertainment
Thursday, August 25th, 2011
…as seen on HometownHeadlines.com…
By Bryan Mullins
The monthly Poetry Night in the Schroeder’s Courtyard falls this evening revisiting an earlier series called Speaking of Tuscaloosa. The occasion features three Tuscaloosa poets and donations are graciously accepted to benefit the Tuscaloosa Tornado Relief Fund, as they are still recovering from the devastating tornado in late April. The visiting poets this time are A.B. Gorham, and Brian Oliu.
Russell McClanahan & the mOOn Crew will pick old time string band music in the Harvest Moon dining room. Jon Byrd is one of Rome’s favorite acoustic artists and he’ll be playing originals and favorites from multiple genres in the downstairs bar of 333 on Broad. Both of these have become very welcome Thursday night dinner events.
If you’re looking for some good grub and dinner music then definitely keep Johnny’s New York Style Pizza in mind as they’ll host the unquestionable talent of Backswing, consisting of Lee Shealy and Alan Smith.
Kevn Kinney is one of Georgia’s favorite musical treasures and his band rocks. They’ve been criss-crossing the Southeast with their nitty-gritty roadhouse sound for years, playing to the most diverse crowd you’ll find, not to mention that his legendary band Drivin N Cryin just released a brand new album. This guy is as real as it gets when it comes to the honest American songster and loves small town gigs just as much as sold out arenas. We’re looking forward to the Kevn Kinney Band’s Friday night performance at 333 on Broad.
The Moon Roof Bar is proud to host Clay Broome’s blues drenched rockabilly ensemble, the John Lee Hookers. This is Broome unleashed with his former student Chris Carter on bass and Chuck Harris holding it down on the kit with the ease. If you love the raw side of early rock ‘n’ roll then these guys are a must.
It looks like we are taking it back to early American music no matter where you go on Friday night because The Rick Byers Band is returning to the 400 Block Bar with their Southern rock and country combo that tends to lean towards that early ’50s and ’60s country and western sound. He has earned a reputation around town to put on one heck of a show.
EmJay Qubed features members of the local world fusion group Devidasa with a more stripped down lineup of Jeffrey Lidke on percussion, multi-instrumentalist Marc Johnson, Josh Stephenson on the keys, and Jim Watkins on guitar. This is a fresh groove and world music oriented sound that can be seen and heard this Friday night in the Schroeder’s Courtyard.
It’s finally time for the Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge, a fundraiser benefiting the essential efforts of the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia. This is going to be a showdown including the likes of familiar local faces including veterinarian Dr. Dan Pate, retired Shorter University president Harold Newman, City Commissioner Duane Reed and many more including my main man Matt D! I can’t wait to see these guys break it down for the greater good this Saturday evening at the Rome City Auditorium.
Kneckdown is tried and true one of Rome’s favorite bands, whether it’s just Chris and Jay delivering the goods on their acoustics or if they’ve got their band full of tremendous talent. These guys are always having a great time whenever they play and it has proven to be contagious. This Saturday night you’ll get a chance to catch the stripped down version in the comfy confines of Johnny’s New York Style Pizza.
Ben Deignan and Suburban Soul is an Atlanta-based pop rock and soul band that has been making massive amount of commotion over the last few years with a solid band that drops some really funky tunes over Ben’s original tunes that have earned high remarks from members of Collective Soul and Blues Traveler frontman Jon Popper. They’ll be laying down a nice groove at 333 on Broad this Saturday night.
McNary is a thoughtful and soulful Atlanta based pop trio that seems to dwell amongst a dreamy landscape while presenting down to earth lyrics. They’ll return to the 400 Block Bar this Saturday.
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