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Bands jam in Sautee Nacoochee
The John King Band will perform during the daylong event in Sautee Nacoochee.

Sautee Nacoochee Center’s will erupt in musical accord this weekend with its annual Sautee Jamboree.

Food, beverages and art vendors will set up by the center. Then patrons can sit back and listen to music fill the air for $30 from noon to midnight Saturday, Oct. 4.

Headlining the event will be the AJ Ghent Band, an American band spanning the genres of Southern rock, blues, soul and funk music. The band was formed in August 2012 and performs original hits such as “Elevator Love” and “Keep on Workin’” and covers songs such as “Purple Rain” and “Dock of the Bay.”

Other artists scheduled to take the stage includes the John King Band, Caroline Aiken, Donna Hopkins, ContraForce and The Spud Brothers.

Playing more than 150 dates per year, John King cites his parents as the main reason he got into music and credits them for their influence.

“They are the only reason why music was introduced as an early age,” the Habersham County native said.

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Caroline Aiken said her earliest musical influence was Emma Lee Ramsey of the Georgia Sea Island Singers.

Aiken began traveling across the globe 1969, performing as a teenager. After years of touring, she moved back to Atlanta in 1986, where her bluesy voice, masterful finger picking guitar style and hypnotizing stage presence anchored the city’s acoustic and folk scene and influenced up and coming artists like the Indigo Girls.

She releases her music independently and tours nationally and internationally.

Raised on an Alabama farm, Hopkins witnessed hardship firsthand and channeled it into the soulful music she creates and performs.

Plus, music runs in the family. Her mother performed rock and roll in go-go boots and mini-skirts and her grandfather was a fine musician in his own right.

Following in their footsteps, Hopkins is a consummate seasoned performer with many songs and performances under her belt.

ContraForce’s one goal is to rock the folk tunes. The three-piece band includes the talents of the frenzied bowing arm of Andrae Raffield, the slammin’ palms of drummer and saxophone player Joey Dorwart and the acoustic and electric guitar onslaught of Jimi “Two Nails” Periano.

From the hills of Old Ireland to the hollows of Appalachia, The Spud Brothers draw from the best of both traditions. Band members include John Maschinot, Evan Kinney and Jesse Edgerton.

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