Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival takes center stage Saturday
by Marie Nesmith
Oct 15, 2013 | 2333 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Based on the number of inquiries, representatives of the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Program are expecting a large turnout for the first Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival Saturday.

Presented by Cohutta Fishing Co., the offering will feature music on two stages and children’s activities from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Cartersville. Open to the public, the festival is free of charge for attendees.

“We’ve had a number of calls from people from all over north Georgia [asking if they could] bring their dogs [or] they’re looking forward to the bluegrass festival, exactly where it was going to be?” said Sandy Lusk, special events coordinator for the Cartersville DDA. “So we will have a lot of out-of-town visitors, I’m quite sure. We’ve had such an interest in this. ... We just encourage everybody to come. We’re looking for a big crowd, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for really good weather.”

Starting at 11 a.m., music will be presented on the Main Stage next to the train depot in Friendship Plaza and the Firehouse Stage in the old fire station’s bay beside Cartersville City Hall.

The Main Stage’s lineup will include 11 a.m., Hickory Wind Bluegrass Band, bluegrass; noon, Bullsboro, bluegrass; 1 p.m., Grass Backardz, bluegrass; 2 p.m., Tall Pines Bluegrass, bluegrass; 3 p.m., Mars Hill Porch Pickers, bluegrass; 4 p.m., Luther’s Mountain, bluegrass, 5 p.m., Old Mill Road, bluegrass; and 6 p.m., Cherokee Cut Ups, bluegrass. Performing on the Firehouse Stage will be 11 a.m., Natalie Goodwin, folk; noon, Jim Haigler & Rick McKee, folk; 1 p.m., Jamie Henderson & Friends, blues, rock, country and jazz; 2 p.m., Purely Acoustic, folk/gospel; 3 p.m., Dixie Sounds, gospel; and 4 p.m., Alias, Smith & Owens, country/western.

“[The idea for the festival] was really from the Downtown Authority/Main Street Program board,” said Cartersville DDA/Main Street Manager Tara Currier. “There were three board members who had some kind of tie or vested interest in bluegrass, so they just started talking about, ‘Hey, why don’t we do a festival downtown?’ So we just took the ball and ran with it.

“So here we are a few months later doing our first ever Bluegrass & Folk Festival. ... I’m just so excited about all the positive response we’ve had. The bands specifically are very excited about ... it being the first year and having the opportunity to be a part of it and then all the additional marketing we’ve done. ... [At the festival], you’re going to hear a little bit of everything, certainly mostly bluegrass music, that’s what our Main Stage is going to be centered on. But then the Firehouse Stage will have a great mix of bluegrass, a little bit of gospel and folk music.”

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