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Jammin at the Chicopee Ag Center
Saturdays Mitch Farmer concert promises to be bigger, better
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Allen Nivens, left, and Bill Hardman perform during last year's Mitch Farmer June Jam at the Brenau University Amphitheater. Nivens and several other local musical acts will be featured at this year's event, set for Saturday at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center.

Mitch Farmer June Jam

When: Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 16

Where: Chicopee Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville

How much: $25 per person in advance or $30 at the gate

Contact: 678-316-5796, www.mitchfarmerjunejam.com

With a new venue, the Mitch Farmer June Jam promises to be bigger and better than ever.

This year, the annual concert will be held Saturday at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville.

Tickets are $25 per person in advance or $30 per person at the door. Kids ages 12 and under are free.

Organizers have planned to hit the ground running. The gates will open at 5 p.m., when the event will begin with an hour-long Local Songwriters Jam.

At 6 p.m., the main event will begin, including performances by the Allen Nivens Band, the Kurt Thomas Band and the Vertigo Band.

Thomas, a Dahlonega native, has recorded four CDs and has opened for country music superstars like Kenny Chesney and Sugarland.

Nivens, a Hall County native son, is a local favorite singer-songwriter.

The “Empress of Blues” Sandra Hall will also be performing. She has worked with musical legends like Otis Redding, The Temptations and Gladys Knight and the Pips.

With musical influences ranging from Tina Turner, to Etta James and her own mother, who was a gospel singer, Hall’s shows appeal to a broad audience.

The concert will benefit Hall-Dawson Court Appointed Special Advocates.

The family-friendly event will also include a kids area with bounce houses, face painting and balloons.

There will also be a raffle and silent auction for prizes such as an iPad and the use of a 2012 Nissan Cube for one year.

A percentage of the proceeds from the raffle, silent auction and the kids zone will go to Olivia Farmer, daughter of the late Mitch Farmer, who organized the inaugural June Jam to benefit local charities. He died in 2009.

Attendees can bring their own refreshments or purchase them on site.

June Jam will be hosted by radio personality Moby from “Moby in the Morning.”

Currently, there’s only a 10 percent chance of precipitation on Saturday but the show will go on rain or shine regardless of the weather.

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