BBQ Boogie & Blues with Georgia String Band Festival

April 27 & 28 • Calhoun

Courtney Dickinson

Downtown Calhoun, Georgia hosts two complimentary festivals on April 27 and 28, 2018.  The 7th Annual BBQ Boogie & Blues features a Kansas City BBQ Society competition and a stage on Court Street featuring Kurt Thomas on Friday night and bands including Courtney Dickinson on Saturday, plus plenty of bar-b-que, arts & crafts vendors, kids zone, an Amazing Race, bike safety rodeo and more.

Andrew and Jim Baxter, circa 1935

Over at the Harris Arts Center, the Georgia String Band Festival makes its 12th annual appearance with a concert on Friday night featuring the Down Hill Strugglers and the Gordon County Fiddlers’ Convention on Saturday. The events recognize current musicians keeping string band traditions alive as well as celebrate Gordon County’s musical heritage, which includes the Georgia Yellow Hammers and the Baxter Brothers, pioneers of pre-WWII old time music.

Saturday’s day-long competitions feature the categories of string band, fiddle, banjo, buck dance and singing. Any performer, aged 15 or older, may enter and monetary prizes totaling $1,900 are awarded. Performances, historical presentations and free educational components round out the celebration of local cultural history.

BBQ, Boogie and Blues and the Georgia String Band Festival are held in partnership with the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Calhoun and the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce/Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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