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If you haven't checked out the Douglass Theatre in Macon, you should try to catch the Rhonda Vincent show there this Friday - it's a very intimate setting.... and a great place to catch Rhonda if you haven't seen her (it may be sold out - so secure your tickets before heading to Macon.


The Atlanta Bluegrass Happenings newsletter can now be found anytime at http://atlantabluegrasshappenings.com/ - Thanks you Jim and Rachel!!!

Thanks, Scott


Happenings this week & weekend:

March 10th (Friday) - Rhonda Vincent and The Rage in concert at the Douglass Theatre. Presented by Acoustic Productions - 8pm. All seats are reserved. $24 advance / $26 door. This is a rare opportunity to see one of the most beautiful and talented stars of Bluegrass in an intimate, limited-seating venue. Call the Douglass Theatre Box office at 478-742-2000 to reserve your seat for this spectacular night! Hurry! Tickets are going fast!

March 11th - Mountain Music & Medicine Show at the Buisson Arts Center in Dahlonega (across from the Smith House on South Chestatee St. in Dahlonega), It will also be broadcast on the air-waves via WUGA in Athens. Musical guests include The Pea Ridge Ramblers (old time), Mulligan Stew (celtic), and Mist on the Mountain (bluegrass and gospel), as well as Doc Johnson & the usual cast of characters. You can be a part of the live audience. All shows begin at 8pm. The doors open at 7pm and the pre-show entertainment starts at 7:30. General admission tickets are $10, reserved seats are$15. For ticket sales, contact the Buisson Arts Center box office, 706-867-0050.
Contact The Mountain Music and Medicine Show - Phone: 678-617-1169

Monday March 13, The Hoot The Athens Folk Music and Dance Society Present a special "Pick-up Picking Party" hosted by the traditional old time band String Theory. There will be a whole array of fiddles, banjos, harmonicas, mandolins and guitars on stage and plenty of singing and audience participation! Please join us for a spirited night of traditional, bluegrass, country and gospel music! Requests will be accepted!!! www.afmds.info for more infomation. Show runs 8-10pm @ Little Kings (corner of Hull & Hancock Downtown Athens). Admission is FREE!

Coming Soon:

March 17th (Friday) - Larry Keel & Natural Bridge at the RedLight Cafe - Flatpicking Guitar master Larry Keel is a dedicated force in preserving and creating American Mountain Music. Delivering powerful and honest performances, Keel and his 4-piece Bluegrass band Natural Bridge are a breath of fresh air in the traditional Bluegrass market of today, paying their deepest and dearest respects to the forefathers of Bluegrass who laid down the laws of how it should be played and sung- with joy, and from the heart. - 9pm / $10
For more information: RedLight Cafe, 553 Amsterdam Ave., 404-874-7828, http://www.redlightcafe.com/

March 18th - The Claire Lynch Band with Peachtree Station - Bluegrass Concert Series at the Oxford Civic Center in Oxford, Alabama. Claire Lynch and her band - featuring Jim Hurst, Missy Raines, and David Harvey put on a wonderful show. Oxford is about one hour west of Atlanta - right off I-20. This should be a great show. Concerts start at 7:00 pm cst - tickets are $12 in advance $15 at the door. For more information contact Gary Smith at 256-831-0555 or 256-310-1722

March 18th (Saturday) -- An Evening of Bluegrass on the Bonnie Higdon Reaves Campus, Toccoa Falls College, Epworth, GA. This exciting event will be hosted by The Barker Brothers (www.barkerbrothers.com) and will include a stimulating performance by Carolina Bluegrass. The evening will feature rsi music group recording artist Harvest (www.harvestbluegrass.com), delivering the finest in bluegrass gospel. The event will be aired on ETC-3TV. 6:00 PM Admission $10.00. For more information contact Scott Barker at (423)496-7853 or barkerws@bellsouth.net.

March 18th - Dancing to Live Bluegrass at the Tucker Recreation Center, 3rd Saturday Social Club. This time with Cedar Hill (Duckwave and all) and Tucker Station String Band. Doors open at 7 pm with open mic for acoustic solo and duet singer/song writers, and of course jamming. Bring the entire family to dance, tap your toes, or just sit and listen. $8 a person, $1 a child; or $15 a couple children under 12 free; Seniors, students, jammers, square and contra dancers $5. 7 to 9:30 PM Tucker Recreation Center is at 4898 LaVista Rd. from 285 go east on LaVista. For more info call 770 270 6226 or email

March 18th--STRINGS 'N THINGS COFFEE HOUSE - The coffee house features live traditional music and meets every third Saturday in the Fellowship Hall of the Dahlonega United Methodist Church, 107 Park Street, Dahlonega, 2 blocks from the square. This month the performers will be: Don & Laeta Smith old-time and Celtic; Richard Prow, guitar, mandolin; and Homeward Bound, bluegrass and gospel from Dawsonville/ The doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 7;30. A $4 donation is requested. Homebaked goodies, soft drinks and coffee are for sale. For more information call: 706-864-4127

Mar 23rd (Thursday) - Jim Hurst and Missy Raines at the Douglass Theatre, Macon, GA 7:30PM $15 advance / $17 door. Lower level is reserved seating. We are happy to announce the return of this dynamic duo. Those of you who saw the spectacular Claire Lynch concert know how Jim and Missy can electrify a stage. This concert is being presented by Acoustic Productions in cooperation with the Douglass Theatre as an official Cherry Blossom Festival event. Come join Jim and Missy as they share with you their wonderful duets laced with sparkling instrumentals and lovely harmonies. Tickets are on sale at the Douglass Theatre box office and at local music stores in Macon.

April 1st - The 30th Annual WRFG Peachblossom Bluegrass Festival will be held at the State Farmer?s Market in Forest Park Ga. From 11-am until 10pm. This is an annual fund-raiser for community radio WRFG-Atlanta. The Festival will feature Jimmy Ibbotson, lead singer and song-writer from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band as well as Blue Moon Rising, a great new up and coming band. Other bands include: The Lovell Sisters, Cedar Hill, Peachtree Station, Georgia Bound, Pony Express, Whoa Nelly, Deja Blue, Hard Labor, Facing South, Ducktown Station, Blue Gravy, Overdrive, Tucker Station String Band, Mars Hill Porch Pickers, and Radio Rambler. What a fantastic line-up. If you need additional info, ticket prices, or a performance schedule, please contact Sharon Wiggins at Sharon@timelesswoodfloors.com or 770-356-2533.

Fri, Apr 7: Biscuit Burners This North Carolina quartet was sent our way by a very reliable concert promoter in Macon who said they were the best act he's ever brought to town! 'Nuff said... www.thebiscuitburners.com Info and Advance tickets 423-624-LEGS Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave, Chattanooga

April 15, 2006 - Southeast High School Bluegrass Jamboree - Scheduled to perform are The Lovell Sisters Band of Calhoun, GA; The Baker Boys from Indiana; Browngrass of Gainesboro, TN; Peachtree Station of Atlanta, Garrett Arb and the Grassy Mountain Boys of Dalton, The Barker Brothers from Copperhill, TN; Autumn Harvest of Dalton, and Spatial Effects from NW GA. Tickets $7.00 at the door. $6.00 in advance by mail until April 5th. Students 18 and under $3.00 Under 5 free. Plenty of places to jam.
Thomas Brown the club?s sponsor stated ?We are hoping to make this an even larger event this year with an emphasis on the many talented youngsters that play bluegrass.? There will be concessions, door prizes, free parking, and jam areas. SEHS is conveniently located off I-75, approximately 85 miles north of Atlanta and 35 miles south of Chattanooga, TN, at 1954 River Road S.E. just off of the Dalton South By-pass. The music will begin at 3:00 p.m. and last until 10:00 p.m. For further details about the jamboree please contact the club?s sponsor Thomas Brown at the following email address: tom_brown@whitfield.k12.ga.us

The Lovell Sisters Band Kennedy Center performance is available online - Check the wed site : http://atlantabluegrasshappenings.com/ for the URL

April 20th - "Three Ring Circle" at The RedLight Cafe - Should be a great show featuring Rob Ickes on Dobro, Andy Leftwich on Fiddle and Mandolin and David Pomeroy on bass. Rob Ickes is the 7-time IBMA Dobro player of the Year with Blue Highway, Andy Leftwich plays fiddle and mandolin for Ricky Skaggs, and Dave Pomeroy is one of the top session bass players in Nashville. This is a special CD release show and you will be blown away! . www.threeringcircle.com

April 21st - "Goin' Cross the Mountain: the Music of the Southern Mountains." presented by Americana Retreats. An Americana Retreat featuring Sheila Kay Adams. On April 21, 2006, we're not goin' over the mountain. We're not comin' down from the mountain. We're goin' to the very top of The Mountain (near Highlands, NC) for three days and two nights of total immersion in Southern Appalachian mountain music. A small group of folks (no more than 50) will join Sheila Kay Adams (technical advisor and voice coach for the movie "Songcatcher"), Sheila's husband Jim Taylor (an authority on the music of the Civil War era) and musicologist/performer Laura Boosinger to explore the subject in depth ? and make a lot of good music along the way. Lots of opportunities for jammin', but you don't have to be a musician to get a lot out of this event.

April 21-23 - 10th Annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival featuring bluegrass and old-time music and authentic mountain crafts market. Concerts, workshops, jamming, children's events, food court, dance, storytelling, country auction, and more. Line-up includes Dry Branch Fire Squad, Polecat Creek, The Lovell Sisters, Gold Rush with Neel Pender, The Georgia Potlickers, and The Tune Dogs. All outdoor events free. For concert tickets call 706-867-0050. www.BearOnTheSquare.org for more information and complete schedule.

Sat, Apr 22: Roland White Band w. Fletcher Bright Roland White is truly one of bluegrass's "living legends". His band will include local hero Fletcher Bright on fiddle. http://www.rolandwhite.com/ Info and Advance tickets 423-624-LEGS Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave, Chattanooga

April 29th, 30th - Madison Bluegrass Jamboree - at Town Park, downtown Madison, Arts, Crafts and Bluegrass. All daytime events are FREE. Bluegrass competitions in the following categories: Junior Instrumentalist, Banjo, Dobro, Songwriters, Dulcimer, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Bass, Fiddle, Miscellaneous Instruments and Best Band. Cash prizes, recording time, ribbons awarded. Concerts with Johnny Roquemore, 16 Tons and David Leinweber. Applications for the competitions 706.454-0151 or www.dharmalandproductions.com

May 18th - 20th 2006 - Scenic Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Milledgeville, Ga. - 4 miles South of Downtown Historic Milledgeville, GA on Hwy 441. The festival features Rhonda Vincent and the Rage on May 18th and Marty Raybon on May 20th. Other bands include: Peachtree Station, The Suggins Brothers, Danielle Lavender and Southern Wind, Redline Express, Hickory Wind, J Max McKee, and Honey Creek Boys. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy gathering with friends (old & new) and do some picking. For more information: http://www.scenicmountainrv.com/bluegrass.htm or call 800-716-3015

Tickets: Rhonda Vincent and the Rage May 18th $20 in advance - $25 at door / Marty Raybon May 20th $20 in advance - $25 at door. 3 Day pass - TBA

You can also find a copy of Atlanta Bluegrass Happenings at the web site of Atlanta Country Music - www.atlantacountrymusic.com The Happenings can be found under - Georgia Bluegrass News

Ongoing: Shows and Jam Sessions

Every Thursday Live Bluegrass Show and Jam Session at the RedLight Cafe - bluegrass every Thursday featuring local and national acts... jam session from 7pm - 9pm. Stage show begins at 9pm $5 cover $3 with instrument. Intown Atlanta
For more information: RedLight Cafe, 553 Amsterdam Ave., 404-874-7828, http://www.redlightcafe.com/

Upcoming at the RedLight Cafe's Thursday Bluegrass:

March 9th - Dread Clampit
March 16th - Steep Canyon Rangers (tentative)
March 23rd - Cedar Hill
March 30th - Blue Moon Rising
April 6th - Steel String Theory
April 13th - Peachtree Station
April 20th - Andy Leftwich, Rob Ickes and David Pomeroy

Every Saturday - Everett's Pickin' Barn.......every Saturday evening there's a jam session and stage show at the Everett's Music Barn in Suwannee. Ga...for information call: 770-945-5628 or 770-945-9098 or check their web site: http://www.everettbrothers.com/
Everett's Pickin' Barn Schedule: (subject to change with out notice)

March 18th James King Band (changed from March 4th)
March 25th Josh Crowe Band
April 1st Blue Ridge
April 8th The Grascals
April 22st Kenny & Amanda Smith
May13th Blue Moon Rising
May 20th David Davis & Warrier River Boys

Everett's Music Barn is open every Saturday night for music. Our own staff band The Everett Brothers perform and lots of local talent visit and play. The Schedule above is for the Professional Groups that are coming thru and want to perform. A donation of $12.00 each is appreciated on those nights listed above.

Every Saturday Night - Hollonville Opry House - Jamming and Stage shows. Stage shows beginning at 6:30pm thru 10:30PM. Good Sound System. Comfortable auditorium seating approximately 250. Operated by donations only. Call 770-228-4832 for further information and booking or email Htkirkland40@aol.com

Visit the web site at: http://hollonvilleopry.com/

March 11th - Vessel of Praise, Country Dreamers, Stacie Spray, Kirkland & Friends
March 18th - Wildwood Drifters, Honey Creek Boys, Lonesome Road Bluegrass
March 25th - The Servant, Kirkland & Friends, Dave Ross & The Bluegrass Nightmares, The Weaver Believer Survival Revival

Hollonville Opry House is located approximately 12 miles west of Griffin on Hwy 362 in Hollonville (Pike Co) GA. From Atlanta: Go I-75 south to 19/41 toward Atlanta Race Track. Continue on past Race Track to Griffin taking bypass around Griffin. You will go under (2) overpasses and then take second exit which will be Hwy 362 (Williamson Road). Go west approximately 11 or 12 miles and Hollonville Opry House will be on right just past Hollonville Baptist Church.

Friday Nights -The Chicken Shack - Homer, Ga. is located on Highway 441 approximately 7 miles south of Baldwin, Ga. on the right and just north of Commerce, Ga. on the left between mile markers 12 & 13. For more information: Tommy Irvin: Days 706-778-6116.....Nights 706-778-9323 Small donation at door unless otherwise stated.

March 10......................The Josh Crowe Band, NC
March 17......................Shoal Creek, Ga.
March 24......................Marty Raybon & Full Circle.....$15 donation
March 31......................Roan Mountain Hill Stoppers, Tn.
April 7..........................Cadillac Sky, Texas
April 28........................Honi Deaton & Dream, Ga.

2nd Saturday of Every Month - Acworth Old Time Opry - Live Bluegrass Music and Jam - Admission is Free bring your own seating some chairs are available. Come listen or Come play. 6 - 10 pm. There will be 5 good bands lined up to play, and there will be jamming, under the old shade trees, and old vacant house, there at the park. Bring your instrument and join in the fun. The bands do not receive any pay, for this show. However, we do accept donations, for more information call Jim Miller at 770-971-4179. Sponsored by the Acworth Park and Recreation 770-917-1234 Logan Road Acworth , GA. http://acworthopry.com/

March 11, 2006

6:00---The Black Top Ramblers with Charles Moody
6:45---The Honey Creek Band with Henry Sides
7:30---The Mars Hill Porch Pickers with Dickson Lester
8:15---The Out of the Blue Band with Jean Durham
9:00---The Jerico Road Band with Mike Cagle


Thanks, Scott


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