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Dahlonega's Mountain Music and Medicine show starts off 2013
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The Mountain Music and Medicine Show is set for Jan. 5 at the Holly Theater in Dahlonega.

Mountain Music and Medicine Show

When: 8 p.m. Jan. 5

Where: Historic Holly Theater, 69 W. Main. St., Dahlonega

Tickets: $15

More info: 706-864-3759, www.hollytheater.com

The Mountain Music and Medicine Show is scheduled to kick off a new year Jan. 5 at the Holly Theater in Dahlonega.

Six times a year, this unique blend of music and theater — created and based in Dahlonega — is performed at the Holly.

And the show stays true to its roots.

Mountain Music and Medicine Show producer and writer Mel Hawkins said the event “showcases local musical talent, as well as comedy and fun.”

“We record the show in front of a live audience, and then it is broadcast statewide as a radio show.”

Musical guests featured in this Saturday’s show will be the Pick ‘n’ Bow Kids, Fool’s Gold of Dahlonega, Beverly Smith and John Grimm and Fontana Sunset.

The all-volunteer effort is presented in a traditional medicine show-themed presentation.

The show is later broadcast on GPB Onstage, GPB’s radio channel, at 8 p.m. the first Saturday each month. An encore show is broadcast at 11 p.m. the following Tuesday.

The show can also be heard on North Georgia College & State University radio stations WNGU 85.9-FM and WPPR 88.3-FM.

The setting for the show is Dahlonega from Gold Rush days of the 1830s through the 1950s, when medicine shows would have been common.

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 social center of the area. Doc brings musical acts of the time with him, as well as his own brand of humor, while he exhorts folks to buy his elixirs.

Hawkins likens the show to the “‘Prairie Home Companion’ and ‘The Grand Ole Opry’ rolled into one.”

“It’s really like a slice of life in rural Georgia from the time,” Hawkins said.

The show will be presented and recorded in front of a live crowd at the Holly Theater in Dahlonega at 8 p.m. with a preshow at 7:30. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling the Holly Theater at 706-864-3759 or visiting www.hollytheater.com.

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