2016 Summer Songwriter Concert
When: 7:30-11 p.m. Saturday, July 30
Where: Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St., Gainesville
More info: www.johnjarrardfoundation.com
Every song has a story behind it, especially country music, a genre rooted deep in emotions and family ties.
Bringing music and backstories to Gainesville will be the the John Jarrard Foundation through its Summer Songwriter Concert. Two national songwriters, Cole Taylor and Zach Seabaugh, will perform a night of country music as well as benefit local charities.
The concert will be from 7:30-11 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Brenau Downtown Theater, at 301 Main St., in Gainesville. Light refreshments will be served in the lobby, including adult beverages and soft drinks.
Tickets may be purchased for $20 at Green’s Grocery at 971 Riverside Drive, online at www.johnjarrardfoundation.com under the upcoming events tab and at the door the night of the concert.
The evening’s performers are young Georgia natives who have made their way to fame in Nashville, Tenn., with their songwriting abilities.
Seabaugh became widely known from his time on the music competition show “The Voice” in 2015. The 17-year-old was a finalist on Team Blake Shelton.
“Now he’s in Georgia writing songs and performing and touring,” John Jarrard Foundation Executive Director Jody Jackson said.
Seabaugh will perform alongside Cole Taylor, a Nashville songwriter whose songs for country stars Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan have topped the charts.
Both will perform in a style called ‘in the round.’
“They … are on bar stools with guitars, singing and telling about the songs,” Jackson said. “Sort of like the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.”
Georgia native Zachary Kale will open for the two headliners. Kale is another young songwriter who has also written for the band Florida Georgia Line.
Songwriters are selected as the concert headliners since John Jarrard was a songwriter who wanted to support aspiring songwriters as well as give back to the community.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Good News at Noon shelter, Good News Clinics and Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County.
“Very worthy causes,” said Jackson, a personal friend of Jarrard. “The folks at Good News were very dear to John when he lived in Gainesville.
Jarrard died in 2001 after years of battling Type 1 diabetes. In his life, he raised more than $100,000 for charity, according to the foundation formed after his death.
The John Jarrard foundation continues that work through events such as the Summer Songwriter Concert.
“(We welcome) anybody that likes good music and likes the whole songwriter concept,” Jackson said. “Folks that appreciate original music.”