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Songwriters step into spotlight for one night
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13th annual John Jarrard Foundation Concert

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20

Where: Brenau University, 500 Washington St., Gainesville

Cost: $20

More info: www.johnjarrardfoundation.com

The award-winning songwriters of the South are back in town again.

As part of the 13th annual John Jarrard Songwriter Festival, Jim Collins, Jason Matthews, Max T. Barnes, Donnie Fritts and Dan Penn will share hit songs from every decade to celebrate the life of the late John Jarrard.

The concert begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, on the front lawn at Brenau University. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.johnjarrardfoundation.com. Tables of eight can be purchased by calling 770-710-9191.

The concert supports a number of Jarrard’s favorite charities and in the past has benefitted Good News at Noon Clinics, Good News Shelter and Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County. The 2014 concert will add to this list as the show supports the “Think About It” program of the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation, which brings awareness and education about drug abuse. The festival will also benefit the Georgia Mountain Food Bank and Challenged Child & Friends.

Attendees can expect to hear hit songs such as “Big Green Tractor,” written by Collins and sung by Jason Aldean, “One for the Money,” sung by Kris Kristofferson and written by Fritts, and Luke Bryan’s “Muckalee Creek Water,” written by Matthews.

The festival also features a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday night on the downtown Gainesville square with music by Blackhawk and the Tyler Hammond Band.

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