Cartersville's Summer Concert Series, car cruize wraps up Saturday
by Marie Nesmith
Aug 01, 2011 | 3424 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adairsville-based Babe’s Bayou will perform at Cartersville’s Downtown Summer Concert Series on Saturday. In addition to the concert, the last of the season, there will be the last Tom Clayton Memorial Car Cruize for the year. These events are hosted by the Cartersville DDA.
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Adairsville-based Babe’s Bayou will perform at Cartersville’s Downtown Summer Concert Series on Saturday. In addition to the concert, the last of the season, there will be the last Tom Clayton Memorial Car Cruize for the year. These events are hosted by the Cartersville DDA. SPECIAL
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Known for their country rock sound, Babe's Bayou will close out Cartersville's Downtown Summer Concert Series on Saturday. Formed about six years ago by Adairsville High School alumni, Blaine Bennett, Brandon Bennett and Ryan Coker, the six-member band also features Brad Morris, Joshua Lawrence and B.J. Goddfrey.

While they frequent venues from Atlanta to Nashville, Brandon Bennett said they always enjoy performing in front of a local crowd, especially at a festival-type atmosphere.

"It is [special]," he said. "We always like playing in Cartersville or Adairsville or Calhoun or anywhere like that at a downtown festival where we can really interact with the crowd. It's a lot easier for them to come up and talk to us when we take a break, when we get done playing.

"And it's nice seeing a lot of fans that can't come out to the bar shows that have families. They can bring their families out to these kind of shows. And it's nice to really get to see the fans that you don't get to see every weekend."

Performed at Friendship Plaza, beside the Cartersville train depot, the free concert will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m.

"I think having a band that's as good as Babe's Bayou that's in our own backyard is going to bring out the crowds," said Liz Hood, executive director for the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority, which is hosting the entertainment series. "A lot of people know all the guys in the band and have heard them at different locations locally already. So it's just a great way to showcase a hometown band."

Along with the Summer Concert Series, Saturday will be the last Tom Clayton Memorial Car Cruize of the year. Also hosted by the Cartersville DDA, the car cruize will showcase classic vehicles in the parking lots of Public Square, The Grand Theatre and Founders Oak Park from 5 to 9 p.m. To enter the cruize, car owners need to pay a $2 fee.

"The public really loves free events, and they love coming to downtown Cartersville," Hood said. "It's a great way for us to showcase new businesses. We have a number of new clothing stores that have opened, and it's a great night for our restaurants. A lot of people come in from throughout the region. It gives them an opportunity to shop and dine downtown."

For more information about Saturday's offerings, call the Cartersville DDA at 770-607-3480.