23 October 2016

[MBM @ The News] - Marshall's Music Minute: Tons of Talent at The Community in Unity event

*ed. note: I usually don't post the music column that I do for The Covington News here on the digital pages of TPC but due to some issues with The News my column did not hit in today's print edition so I'm posting it here. Be on the possible lookout for it in the weekly CN Shopper and Advertiser and look out for digital versions at CovNews.com and their FB page next week. Enjoy! 

Marshall's Music Minute
Tons of Talent at the Community in Unity event

Greetings, C-town music lovers. It's a crazy big week of music, let's get right to it.

Featured Entertainment: Community in Unity 

On Saturday October 29th, an all-day festival will be occurring at Legion Field on Mill St. right in the heart of Covington, GA. In addition to all kinds of featured speakers, games, entertainment, raffles, 1,000+ free hotdogs, and a ton of vendors, there will be a full day's worth of music on the new stage at Legion Field.

The entertainment reads like a Who's Who of C-town talent, but there will also be some regionally known groups and one national act. It's quite exciting, here's the rundown:

The event starts around 11AM with the group Old Souls. This group is actually a bunch of younger kids - think School of Rock - and the word on the street is that they can rock like nobody's business. Following them will be a new, kind of one-off group called Mojo Ave. Headed up a fellow member of the CIU Steering Committee, Jeremy Jackson, this group features Ryan & Amber Betts and a killer lead guitar player. I'm hearing that their finale is going to be epic.

After that, the one and only Drew Parker will take the stage for a rare solo acoustic gig. Drew, who we've covered a few times, has been living in Nashville and is really getting his name out there as a Country performer. This will be a real treat! The midday headliner who will be hitting the stage around 1:45 will be Dustin Bragg. Dustin, son of well-known local music folks Tiger & Kathy Bragg, is someone else that the Minute has covered multiple times. He's a true talent, and this should be a great set with his full band.

The later hours of the festival will be capped off by the Almost Brothers - an Allman Brothers tribute band - that are well known regionally as one of the premier cover bands of this famous Southern Rock group. The evening headliner will be Euclid Grey, a nationally known R&B act that everybody is real excited about seeing.
This looks to be like an amazing day of fun and music for a great cause. You won't want to miss it.

Featured Venue - Bear Creek Marina 

We really do have a hidden jewel in our neck of the woods with Bear Creek Marina down at Jackson Lake. It's a really cool spot known for good food and they always do live music during the lake season.

Well known Country artist Gannon Adams played the venue this past weekend and coming up for their Halloween Bash on Saturday October 29th will be local legends Brother Pudge. This should be a really fun night!

In addition to their legendary wings and fried shrimp, the Marina has also gotten rave reviews on their fish tacos. They have a full bar, and inside lounge area, and an outside deck that has a great view of the water. The usual lake season runs from March 1 - October 31st, and there has been discussions between the ownership, management, staff and regulars as to whether or not they should stay open, with at least limited hours, through the off season as they've been staying so busy lately. At a minimum, you might want to get down there at some point this week and enjoy some of the good food, drink & atmosphere and let your voice be heard regarding their decision...

Odds & Ends

- Matt Moncrief live at Amici Covington. Friday October 28. 8 PM. The cool one, Matt M., brings his righteous guitar chops and varied mix of tunage back to the groovy pizza joint on College Ave.
- Gavin McLendon live at The Listening Room @ IBP. Friday October 28th. This local up and coming Country artist is playing a free show at the Listening Room.
- "Wrasslin' at The Speakeasy. Porterdale. Saturday the 29th. 6PM
- Live Music at Mystic Grill. Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights. 7PM
- Porterdale Bar & Grill. Vishus Cycle on Friday; Halloween Party with The Psycho-Devilles on Saturday.
- Open Mic at TLR on Mondays; The Depot with Shane Clark on Tuesdays
- And The Social House has been sold! New owners have taken over this cool spot down in the lovely mill village and there's lots of buzz and excitement about this venue moving forward.

Enjoy the music, friends, and we'll see you next time.