My Ninja, Scott Thompson, Shea’s Gin, and more this weekend!

By Bryan Mullins


Thursday nights are very pleasant around Rome. There is quite an opportunity to enjoy fine meals while listening to choice live music.

Russell McClanahan is a local historian and that passion is the backbone for his weekly performance in the Harvest Moon dining room with the mOOn Crew, performing old time string band music that was not uncommon in this area when this city was founded.

Jon Byrd has become one of Rome’s favorite faces and voices having played all over the area and making friends and fans everywhere along the way. He performs at 333 on Broad in the downstairs bar which is a nice place to unwind toward the week’s end.

I’m excited to announce that the Rome Area Songwriters Association will be returning to the Schroeder’s Courtyard this Thursday. Three of the groups artists perform “in the round” once a month. July offers recent additions Jeremy Guider and Barry Gable, along with the local songwriting hero David Bell.


Another of Rome’s favorite entertainers is Scott Thompson, who has earned over and over the respect and love from loyal fans. He’ll return to 333 on Broad this Friday, a place that he’s enjoyed playing since its opening. Thompson has become a staple to the local music scene in many ways.

It is great to know that My Ninja is back on tap at the 400 Block Bar this Friday night. If you’ve ignored all my previous recommendations to catch these guys then I don’t know what else to say except for that they bring it every time with their left of the dial ’80s influenced keyboard and guitar driven new wave rock. It’s a fresh approach to a classic sound for around here.

Studio 712 presents jazz music, which is a refreshing sound in downtown Rome. This Friday at the City Club above Old Havana Studio 712 presents Mid-Summer Jazz, featuring Rai Ragland, a New Jersey native now settled in Atlanta is a jazz crooner, balladeer and smooth up-tempo jazz performer.


The Schroeder’s Courtyard will offer an evening of great songwriting and picking with the combination of Jan Pruitt & Gene Brigham. Neither are new to putting on great shows of original music. These kinds of shows are perfect for the legendary Schroeder’s courtyard.


The Moon Roof Bar will be fully animated with the return of the Precious Lemons. This is an uncanny combination of some of Northwest Georgia’s finest musicians blending the sound of classic rock & roll with an Americana purity and an early indie disregard to anything predictable.

Shea’s Gin is an stripped down indie pop rock outfit that has been infiltrating the Atlanta scene heavily and have enjoyed their first couple of evenings in Rome. They’ll be returning to the 400 Block Bar this Saturday night with a magazine of original tunes that deserve an interested ear.

-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.

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