Thursday, September 29th, 2011
…as seen on hometownheadlines.com
By Bryan Mullins
The 2011 Summer Poetry Night Series in the Schroeder’s Courtyard will come to a close this Thursday with an interesting twist. It will actually be a night of prose by Jake Sullins, a professor at Georgia Highlands College. He’ll be reading his short fiction piece, “12 Rounds”, recently published in The Georgia Review.
Russell McClanahan has been performing old time string band music in the Harvest Moon dining room on Thursday evenings for the better part of the last decade. He began playing there with the one and only Kasper “Stranger” Malone, a Rome legend who passed away in 2005. The duo’s performances were magic and since Malone’s passing, McClanahan has continued the tradition of sharing a piece of American culture that is rich within these North Georgia Hills. He knows that Malone is proud of the tradition that has fostered and featured numerous other artists since.
Jon Byrd is a local singer/songwriter that has earned much respect and a loyal fanbase from his acoustic performances as well as his full band shows. Each Thursday evening the downstairs bar at 333 on Broad welcomes Byrd for a night of tunes and friends. It’s almost like Cheers in there.
This Friday afternoon Imagine Hair Art & Gallery Studio will host the opening reception for the Dr. Chris Hodges Art Show. Having taught hundreds of students at Rome High, Dr. Hodges is one of the most celebrated teachers I’ve ever come across. However, that is beside the point. If you are unfamiliar to Dr. Hodges’ art, you will immediately see that he is one of those rare talents that you only come cross a few times in life. His passion speaks for itself within his works.
If you just can’t make it out during the week, then you’ll be glad to know that Jon Byrd is working overtime this weekend and will be performing his acoustic music at the Moon Roof Friday night.
The 400 Block Bar is hosting an interesting combination this Friday night. Jerry on the Moon has played some killer shows this year and they are returning to the 400 Block Bar for a pre-holiday season romp. And they’ve invited a friend. Chattanooga-based Lon Eldridge picks and sings old time blues, ragtime, and jazz like a first language. I recommend checking out some tunes online and then the show. Any blues and early Americana fan is in for an unexpected treat.
Whenever Scratch Off John comes to town, one thing is for certain. Wherever they land is going to be rocked. This is a collection of avid classic rock enthusiasts that aren’t afraid to crank it up and deliver and they’ve got the skills to do so. They’ll be dabbling in everything from Pink Floyd to the Allman Brothers Band at 333 on Broad.
Scott Thompson has got a busy schedule on Saturday night. Fans of Scott’s will have a great opportunity to see the many sides of his musical prowess. He’ll start off with a solo acoustic performance at Johnny’s New York Style Pizza. After that fans can head over to the upstairs lounge at 333 on Broad and catch Scott and his friends in full band form.
Thunderbolt Patterson is the dynamic duo of David Bell and Tim Bowen. If you’ve seen them perform before then you don’t need me to tell you about them. If you haven’t, you wouldn’t believe how much music these guys can make with just the two of them, and their extended arsenal of interesting instruments. They’ll be at the Moon Roof Bar this Saturday.
Looks like the 400 Block Bar will surely be hopping this Saturday night considering that the John Lee Hookers will be stopping by to throw down. This is Clay Broome’s latest combo that pays homage to the great early blues singers as well as the rockabilly swing that it collided with to form rock & roll.
Schroeder’s Courtyard will be lifting off this Saturday night with the sci-fi tinged experimental space rock of Dingus Con. This is a side project with members ofPrecious Lemons and My Ninja. You never know where these guys are going to take you but chances are you’ll really enjoy the ride.
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