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Local concert series to begin near Lake Lanier

Jimmie Vaughan to kick off musical series

POSTED: September 5, 2013 1:30 a.m.

The "Live at Lake Lanier" fall concert series will debut at Lake Lanier Islands Resort on Saturday with a performance by four-time Grammy Award-winner Jimmie Vaughan.

The four-week concert series takes place at the resort’s Peachtree Pointe Amphitheater and will feature several prominent artists performing a variety of styles including jazz, blues and zydeco.

"The ‘Live at Laker Lanier’ fall concert series is a welcomed addition to the many events we host at Lake Lanier," resort CEO Mike Williams said. "Fall is a beautiful time here and with Lake Sidney Lanier as a backdrop, Peachtree Pointe Amphitheater will again serve as the perfect venue for top artists to perform."

Jimmie Vaughan, brother of the late musician Stevie Ray Vaughan, will play with the Tilt-A-Whirl band, featuring blues singer Lou Ann Barton, on Sept. 7.

Vaughan’s music is influenced by classic blues and soul. He has received a number of accolades and has collaborated with artists such as B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana.

On Sept. 21, The CreoleJoe Band with Joe Sample and Ray Parker Jr. will play zydeco music, a form of Creole folk music.

Jazz musician Boney James will perform Sept. 28. James, a saxophonist, is a Soul Train Award winner and a multiple Grammy Award nominee, a rare feat among instrumental artists.

The series will come to a finish Oct. 5, with a performance by the Jazz band Spyro Gyra. The band is coming up on its 40th anniversary, during which time they have released 29 albums, played more than 5,000 shows and received multiple Grammy nominations.

All concerts are at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets range from $35 to $72 depending on the artist and seat section. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Verdant Elements Inc., a nonprofit organization that focuses on sustainable development for healthy lifestyles.

A variety of concessions will be available for purchase at the concerts but outside food and beverages will not be allowed. For more information and tickets, visit www.liveatlakelanier.com.


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