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Bosses of bluegrass gather in Clarkesville

POSTED: February 21, 2013 12:30 a.m.

A lineup of Americana music heayvweights will be featured at the first North Georgia Winter Bluegrass Jam and festival Feb. 22-23 at the Grant Street Music Room in Clarkesville.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Soque River Watershed Association and the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

“We’re glad to be able to showcase some of the best bluegrass artists from across the region and the nation, right here in Habersham County, and in the process, support and raise awareness to keep these rivers, these most valuable resources, clean and healthy,” said Bob Fortin, the event’s co-producer.

Friday’s schedule is headlined by The Mosier Brothers at 10 p.m. The duo is led by Jeff Mosier, former Aquarium Rescue Unit banjoist and founder of the groundbreaking Blueground Undergrass. He provides vocals and plays banjo while his brother, Johnny, performs on guitar.

Friday’s lineup includes Chattahoochee Chain Gang, a fusion of blues, Americana, folk and country, at 7 p.m. and traditional bluegrass band Packway Handle Band at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, internationally acclaimed guitarist Larry Keel taking the stage around 8 p.m. Keel has collaborated with some of the best bluegrass musicians of all time, including Tony Rice, Vassar Clements, Bill Monroe, John Hartford, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush and Del McCoury.

He is followed by the multimedia spectacle of Snake Oil Medicine Show, a traveling art party of a band that brings visual art together with a mix of bluegrass, hillbilly ragtime bop, reggae and experimental jazz.

Also appearing Saturday are Stop Drop & Roll, with a blend of bluegrass, rock, funk and reggae, at 5 p.m. and North Georgia’s own BlueBilly Grit at 7.

Concertgoers can enjoy music indoors on multiple stages, as well as arts and crafts vendors, a silent auction and food.

Doors open at 5 p.m. each day and the music starts at 6. Tickets are $30 for the weekend, $15 Friday only and $20 Saturday only. VIP all-access ticket package for two is $100. Tickets may be purchased at the Nacoochee Village Tavern & Pizzeria or the Grant Street Music Room, or purchase at www.grantstreetmusicroom.com.

The Grant Street Music Room is located in the Old Clarkesville Mill, 583 Grant St., Clarkesville. For more info, call 706-839-7467.


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