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The Arts Council to host 2016 Summer MusicFest concert series starting June 18
The Northwinds Symphonic Band will perform at 8 p.m. July 3 at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center in downtown Gainesville. It is part of the organization’s 2016 Summer Music Fest, which will include three other concerts.

The Arts Council 2016 Summer MusicFest

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
When: 8 p.m. June 18
Cost: $35 adult, $32 senior, $28 student or $320 table

The Northwinds Symphonic Band
When: 8 p.m. July 3
Cost: $18 adult, $15 senior or student or $194 table

Willie, Waylon and Johnny Cash as The Highwaymen, A Musical Tribute
When: 8 p.m. July 22
Cost: $28 person or $275 table

Grains of Sand
When: 8 p.m. Aug. 6
Cost: $25 adult, $23 senior, $20 student or $250 table

Back in Time
When: 8 p.m. Aug. 20
Cost: $20 adult, $18 senior or student or $210 table

Where: The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville.
More info: 770-534-2787 or

Gainesville residents and neighbors can spend select evenings this summer picnicking downtown during an outdoor concert series.

The Arts Council will host its 2016 Summer MusicFest concert series beginning with a performance by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, June 18, at 331 Spring St. SW in Gainesville.

The series will include five concerts on the Smithgall Arts Center lawn. Guests may bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs, blankets and beverages of their choice.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert will be “an unpretentious yet sophisticated evening of exactitudes of tone, complex harmonies, subtle counterpoints and a passion and virtuosity that is inherent to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,” according to a news release from the Arts Council.

Next month, the Northwinds Symphonic Band will perform Sunday, July 3, in a concert including patriotic selections in the spirit of the Fourth of July.

On Friday, July 22, a tribute to Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash called “Willie, Waylon and Johnny Cash as The Highwaymen, A Musical Tribute,” will feature Southern and folk rock.

“Prepare to encounter the gamut of wistfully tender and confiding subtle songs, the rhythmic sorcery of Nelson’s genius, crisp honky-tonk ballads, the moral complexity and grim humor of Cash,” the release said. “Summing up the careers and pop movements that will put this musical history in perspective — an ageless and radiant account still impacting today.”

Grains of Sand, the fourth concert in the series, will perform Saturday, Aug. 6. The concert brings together former members of The Jesters and new members for a “soul, beach and Motown musical extravaganza.”

The final concert from Back in Time will be Saturday, Aug. 20. It will feature a nine-piece rock ’n’ roll band, including a four-piece horn section. The show combines a family-friendly experience with “a powerful rock ‘n’ roll concert.”

All performances begin at 8 p.m. and gates will open at 6 p.m. prior to each event.

Ticket prices vary per concert. Series tickets to all five concerts are available for $108. Sales tax added to all ticket prices.

For tickets and more information, call 770-534-2787 or visit

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