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Concert calendar
For the week of April 23-29
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This week

MerleFest 2009, Wilkesboro, N.C. Almost 100 performing artists on 15 stages. Today-Sunday, Wilkes Community College, 1328 S Collegiate Drive, Wilkesboro, N.C. $30-$50. Parking and shuttle service free. 336-838-6100.

Spring Pops Dessert Concert, Cleveland. The Truett-McConnell Wind Symphony, the TMC Jazz Combo and the TMC Jazz Ensemble will perform. Desserts will be served. 7 p.m. today, Sewell-Plunkett Chapel, Truett-McConnell College, 100 Alumni Drive, Cleveland. Free. Reservations required. 706-865-2134, ext. 215.

John Berry, Gainesville. 8 p.m. Friday, Hosch Theater, Brenau University, 429 Academy St., Gainesville. $28. 877-GET-JOHN.

"The Return," Dahlonega. Beatles tribute. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Holly Theater, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega. $22-$40. 706-864-3759.

"Fantastic Finales," Gainesville. Gainesville Symphony Orchestra Spring Classical Concert. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Brenau University Pearce Auditorium, 500 Washington St., Gainesville. $30. 770-532-5727. 

The Great Composers Concert, Demorest. More than 100 singers from Northeast Georgia, 33-piece orchestra and Sewell Pipe Organ accompanist. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Center for Worship and Music, Piedmont College, 165 Central Ave., Demorest. $15 adults, $10 students and seniors. 706-778-3000, ext. 1152.

Gainesville State College Spring Concert, Oakwood. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Ed Cabell Theatre, Gainesville State College, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. Free. 678-717-3697.

Jason Michael Carroll, Duluth. 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Wild Bill's, 2075 Market St., Duluth. $10 for Carroll's new CD, "Growing Up is Getting Old," and admission. 678-473-1000.


Rock in the Spring, Gainesville. Benefits Challenged Child and Friends. Featuring Mid Life Crisis. Gates open at 6 p.m. May 2, Brenau Amphitheater, Gainesville. Bring a picnic and drinks. Food available for purchase. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tables: $300 per group of six; $400 per group of eight; $500 per group of 10. 770-535-8372, ext. 309 or

Athens Symphony "Pops Concert," Athens. 8 p.m. May 8 and 9, The Classic Center, 300 N. Thomas St., Athens. Free, but tickets must be picked up at box office prior to event. 706-357-4444.

Historic Buford Art & Jazz Festival, Buford. Featuring Capitol City Express, Hot and Cool, Daniel Jackson Explosion and the King Daddy Polecats. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 9, downtown Buford. 


Appalachian Jam, Dahlonega. Saturdays throughout the summer starting May 2, downtown Dahlonega. Free. 706-864-3513.