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Mountain Music and Medicine Show revs up for 10th season

POSTED: January 6, 2011 12:30 a.m.
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Mist on the Mountain is one of the bands performing at the Mountain Music Medicine Show at the Historic Holly Theater in Dahlonega.

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DAHLONEGA — The Mountain Music and Medicine Show returns to the Historic Holly Theater for its 10th season at 8 p.m. Saturday with another all-star lineup of entertainers.

Soaring harmony singing and the snappy sound of banjos and fiddles are among the highlights of the Mountain Music and Medicine Show.

Doc Johnson's Traveling Miracle Medicine Show is at the center of all the action along with "The Players," the cast of characters who tell the stories of the Lumpkin County area through legend and lore. Presented live on stage, the Mountain Music & Medicine Show is three-time winner of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters award for best locally produced live radio show in the state.

The setting of the show is the Dahlonega Public Square in the era between Gold Rush days of the early 1800s up to more modern times of the early 1950s. Doc Johnson's Traveling Miracle Medicine Show has come to town and set up on the Square in front of Nix's Store, the hub of local commerce and the social center of the area. Doc brings musical acts with him as well as his own brand of humor, and he exhorts folks to buy his "Wizard Water" elixir to fix their aches and ills.

Doc Johnson's fast-paced style and rapport with the crowd keeps toes tapping and things moving briskly along. The scene occasionally shifts to short radio theatre stories where local people comment on the goings on of the day. These stories mix local history, culture and humor in the unique Southern Appalachian style of the time period, all presented in a live old-time radio broadcast. It is broadcast statewide on the GPB radio network.

The inaugural show for the show's 10th season showcases some of the Dahlonega area's finest local singers and musicians, including Mist on the Mountain, Fool's Gold and The Ugly Cousin.



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