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Bluegrass, rock blend at Crimson Moon Cafe
Bluebilly Grit, Checkered Past to hit stage
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Bluebilly Grit concert

When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6

Cost: $14 in advance, $16 day of show

Where: Crimson Moon Cafe, 24 N. Park St., Dahlonega

Checkered Past concert

When: 7 p.m. Sunday, July 7

Cost: $5 in advance, $7 day of show

Where: Crimson Moon Cafe, 24 N. Park St., Dahlonega

Bluegrass music and classic rock tunes will reverberate from inside The Crimson Moon Cafe in Dahlonega this weekend.

Tuning up first will be Bluebilly Grit, winner of 2012 Tellurides Bluegrass Festival. The band will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the cafe at 24 N. Park St. in Dahlonega. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 day of the show.

From the side porch of an old gristmill to the main stage of The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Bluebilly Grit’s modern style blends bluegrass and Americana music. The band’s sound appeals to the newer generation of the grass-roots movement, while simultaneously accepted by those who love the more traditional sound. The band displays a three-part harmony, traditional instrumentation and soulful lead vocals from its female singer.

Wrapping up the weekend will be Checkered Past at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at the cafe. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 Sunday.

Familiar faces will play classic rock and country from the 1960s and ’70s as the band sports members of four other bands. Members include Greybeards’ Robert Jones on tenor vocals, guitar, mandolin, bass and dobro; Dark Horses’ Mike Stone on lead guitar; and Mad Romances’ Rick Harris on vocals, piano, trumpet and lap steel guitar.

For this debut concert, Kurt Tompkins of "Frankly Scarlett" will join them on percussion.

For more information, call 706-864-3982 or visit

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