By Bryan Mullins
Russell McClanahan & the mOOn Crew have made it their business to entertain the Thursday dinner crowd at Harvest Moon with old time string band music, which has become one of Rome’s richest new traditions.
The evening crowd at 333 on Broad has really been enjoying Jon Byrd in the downstairs bar on Thursdays. Jon is one of Rome’s favorite singer/songwriters and this is an all ages dinner show fit for the whole family.
Friday evening brings the first annual Fall Into Peace Concert hosted by The Rome/Floyd International Association and the MLK Commission of Rome and Northwest Georgia. The goal of this event is to provide an environment where everyone is welcome and to enjoy music influenced from different parts of the world. Some of the bands featured are the Kirtan Bandits, Emjay Cubed, Mountain Top Djembe Experience, and the Sundari Bellydancing Troupe. If you enjoy unity through music then you’ll want to bring the whole family to Bridgepoint Plaza.
Rome Little Theatre presents the opening night of their production of Dracula based on the novel by Bram Stroker. This has been one of the theaters most anticipated productions of the season and the players are ready unravel a frightful tale in Rome’s one and only historic DeSoto Theater.
Sarah Peacock is a countrified pop vocalist and songwriter that is not afraid to bring it to wherever she’s at, which is all over the place. Touring nationally with over 200 dates a year, the Atlanta native is returning to Johnny’s New York Style Pizza this Friday night.
The 400 Block Bar will host Scott Warren and his merry band of Booze Mountaineers. Warren has been an anchor for the Rome music scene through thick and thin. The Booze Mountaineers is his most recent project assembling some of the areas finest musicians and a passion for what he has appropriately coined Appalachian rock.
There’s no question that Brian Collins is about to get his party on this Friday night at 333 on Broad, blending equal parts Americana, Southern rock, and pop. He’s got some great original party tunes and just stepped off the KISS Kruise rock boat. We’ll sea if he’s shaken his sea legs.
Muletide Perkins Trio is geared up for a night of boisterous fun, hyjinks, and a trough full of Georgia slop rock at the Moon Roof Bar, a place that they always look forward to playing, especially this time of year.
The annual Chiaha Harvest Fair began forty-six years ago in a parking lot off of Broad Street. It has grown so much that Ridge Ferry Park is packed every year with arts and crafts, great fall food, and an incredible lineup of music. Some new musical acts this year include Julie Gribble, Out of the Rain, and The Van Lears. The fall season in Rome would not be the same without it. Chiaha is at Ridge Ferry Park this Saturday and Sunday.
Donny Hammonds is one hard working dude. He gigs constantly all over the region and pulls songs from a huge catalog of favorites that are nonstop crowd pleasers. He performs acoustically Saturday night at Johnny’s New York Style Pizza. There’s a good chance that if you name it, he’ll play it.
The Moon Roof Bar is bringing a fresh face to town with Arlo Finch, a well-known and respected Atlanta area singer/songwriter who feels right at home with a guitar, a microphone, and a head full of original tunes inspired by artists like Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, and Jon Prine.
Sam Thacker is a young man whose hard work has really paid off as a songwriter. His most recent album, Lines, has earned him a growing fan base that loves his original music and magnetic personality. His shows at 333 on Broad have been very well received. He’ll return there on Saturday.
Bent in Bama is a young but extremely talented four-piece band that has been invading Rome from the west over the past year. They bring a surprisingly fresh blend of country and rock that really makes for a driving yet smooth sound all at the same time. They have been a great addition to the local music scene and will return to the 400 Block Bar on Saturday.
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