Full day event of bluegrass and folk music, and a kids’ corner

CARTERSVILLE, GA – Cartersville Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Program are finalizing plans for the first ever Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival, scheduled for Saturday, October 19, in downtown Cartersville. Presented by Cohutta Fishing Co., the all-day festival will feature two stages of entertainment including bluegrass and folk music, as well as a kids’ area, complete with bounce house, and various games and activities. Held from 11 AM to 7 PM, the event is open to the public and free of charge.

“Buzz about this event has been so exciting,” said Cartersville DDA/Main Street Manager Tara Currier. “The 14 band slots were filled in just a few short weeks once word got out about the event. Band members, music stores throughout the region, the SouthEast Bluegrass Association (SEBA), and people attending other bluegrass festivals in the area have all been helping to spread the word about this event. Couple that with the posters we have all over downtown and getting out throughout the county, and the advertising for the event, and I anticipate we should have a great turnout for this festival. My hope is that downtown is covered up with people, and that all those attending patronize the many great shops and restaurants we have here.”

Music begins at 11 AM on October 19 on two stages – the Main Stage, which will be located in Friendship Plaza next to the train depot, and the Firehouse Stage, sponsored by J.B. Henderson Properties, which will be in the bay of the old fire station next to City Hall. While the Main Stage will feature mostly bluegrass bands and musicians playing 45 minute sets, with a new band going on at the top of every hour until 6 PM, the Firehouse Stage will feature a mix of bluegrass and folk music, with a new group taking to the stage at the top of every hour until 4 PM.

Check out the complete lineup, as well as bios of all the bands, at www.cartersvillebluegrass.com. And be on the lookout for posters, t-shirts, event program guide and other marketing material provided by Lara J Designs.

The Kids’ Corner, sponsored by Coosa Valley Credit Union, will be held in the parking lot next to the fountain in downtown Cartersville, and will feature a variety of activities and games for children to enjoy from Noon-5 PM. Visit the website to download a coloring page for your child 12 or under, and bring to the Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival to be entered in the People’s Choice Award and have a chance to win a guitar and one month of free lessons from Southern Guitars.

Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival would not be possible without the financial contributions of all our sponsors. In addition to those listed above, a special thank you to Johnny on the Spot, Terry Reid Hyundai, Bartow History Museum, Century Bank of Georgia, Denham Chiropractic, Jefferson’s Restaurant, Jordan Scott Salon, Hometown Financial Services and Nix and Frix.

And while the Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival ends at 7:00 PM, there will be plenty more fun to enjoy in downtown Cartersville. At 7:00 PM, Tribute – the music of the Allman Brothers, will perform at The Grand Theatre. Tickets are on sale for $15, and can be purchased at The Grand Theatre Box Office. Also on sale now, are tickets to see local talent Kent Hughes perform at The City Cellar & Loft at 8:00 PM, followed by Atlanta based rockabilly/roots band, Cigar Store Indians at 9:00 PM. The $20 tickets can be purchased at Cohutta Fishing Co. or The City Cellar. Limited tickets are available. And at E Street Tavern, DJ JUS CLAE will be spinning beginning at 8:30 PM.

Be sure to check the website, www.cartersvillebluegrass.com , often for updates and news on the Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival, or call 770-607-3480.