Calhoun, Georgia will offer an intriguing cross-section of musical styles on Friday and Saturday, April 27th and 28th, when both the BBQ Boogie & Blues event and the Georgia String Band Festival simultaneously hit town.
Now in its seventh year, BBQ Boogie & Blues includes a nationally recognized barbeque competition, arts & crafts vendors, games, a bike race, kids activities and, of course, live entertainment. Dahlonega’s Kurt Thomas and aspiring Atlanta country singer Courtney Dickinson (pictured) are among the free musical offerings already announced for the outdoor stage on Court Street, with more to be added.
Occurring concurrently, the Georgia String Band Festival focuses on old time music and American roots styles. The opening night concert (7 p.m. on April 27th) at the Harris Arts Center will feature Brooklyn’s Down Hill Strugglers, a group that was featured on the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis. On Saturday, the 12th Annual Gordon County Fiddlers Convention will begin at 1 p.m. in the Ratner Theater, with registration beginning at noon. Some of the finest old time musicians in the region will compete in Traditional Singing, Buck Dancing, Banjo Playing, String Band and Fiddling for nearly $2,000 in prize money.