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Rock out on Arts Council lawn
Back in Time to perform signature rock n roll music
The rock ’n’ roll band, Back in Time, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center lawn. The North Georgia-based group is set to play music from the 1960s,’70s and ’80s during the summer concert.

Back in Time concert
When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10
Where: The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center lawn, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville
Cost: $18 adults, $15 seniors and students, plus $8 for dinner; or $200 for a reserve table plus $64 for dinner.

To hear that old-time rock ’n’ roll in the great outdoors, area residents can trek to The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center lawn and listen to the band Back in Time for a Saturday night summer concert in Gainesville.

Visitors may bring their own lawn chairs and blankets or reserve a table up front for the concert. Dinner is available for purchase, or guests may bring a picnic. Beverages are welcomed.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. with the concert starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students and $8 for dinner. To reserve a table for up to eight people, the cost is $200 or $264 to a table with dinner. To purchase tickets, visit

A rain date is set for Aug. 23.

Hailing from North Georgia, Back in Time brings back musical memories from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s with hits such as, “My Girl” by The Temptations, “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones, “Desperado” by The Eagles, and the band’s namesake “Back in Time” by Hewy Lewis and the News.

Back in Time was formed in the summer of 2009 to be one of the best “horn” bands, featuring beach music, soul and rock ’n’ roll. The core of the band came from veterans of the 1960s and 1970s in Athens and northeast Georgia. The Axemen, the Athens Rogues and Cloud Nine helped form the nucleus of Back in Time. With the influx of a young lead singer and two trumpets, a saxophone and trombone, Back in Time was born.

Taking songs from the original artists of the ’60s, ’70s and beyond, the band put together arrangements genuine to the original recordings. Arrangements by Tom Wallace accent the talents of the band.

The band is comprised of Jonathan “JJ” Jackson, lead singer; Bob Cowles , saxophone; Tom Wallace, trumpet; Michael Crook, trumpet; Rory Crook, trombone; Mercer Crook, keyboard; Glenn Brown, guitar; John Harriman, bass guitar; and Chuck McKissick, drums.

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