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4 outdoor concerts you can catch this fall
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Shane Owens performs on Saturday during the annual John Jarrard Foundation Concert in Gainesville on Sept. 16, 2017. - photo by David Barnes

By Asta Ceesay

For The Times

Over the heat and looking forward to cool weather, cozy sweaters, and pumpkin spice lattes? Plan ahead and check out these concerts coming your way this autumn.

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The late John Jarrard, a Gainesville native, made his mark as a singer-songwriter in Nashville. Now the annual benefit concert that bears his name has been expanded into a two-day festival.
17th Annual John Jarrard Foundation Concert

The John Jarrard Foundation’s annual concert helps raise money for Northeast Georgia charities, including Good News at Noon Clinic and Georgia Mountain Food Bank. The foundation’s namesake, John Jarrard, was a Gainesville-born country music songwriter who wrote 11 No. 1 hits. He died in 2001 from diabetes after raising over $100,000 for the American Diabetes Association.

At this year’s event, songwriters Gary Burr, Ed Hill, Otis Redding III, Georgia Middlema, Bobby Tomberlin and Ray Fulcher will perform hit songs they’ve written for artists such as Luke Bryan, Reba McEntire and Keith Urban.

  • When: 6 p.m. Sept. 22, gates open at 5 p.m.
  • Where: Brenau front lawn  
  • How much: $20

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Melissa Etheridge performs during the Festival d'ete de Quebec on Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Quebec City, Canada. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
Melissa Etheridge

Grammy-award winning Melissa Etheridge is coming to the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Concerts in the Garden series. She is bringing her folksy-rock and raspy vocals to the Ivester Amphitheater in her Yes I Am 25th Anniversary Tour, commemorating her breakthrough album.

Visitors can feel free to bring blankets and lawn chairs (they must have low backs and legs shorter than 10 inches), but leave your coolers at home. Hungry? Dinner can be pre-ordered from Talk of the Town and a selection of beer and wine will be sold on site.

  • When: 8 p.m. Sept. 22, gates open at 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville
  • How much: $57.50, $55 for members

Geoff Achison

Grab a beer and some friends and get ready for a fun night as Geoff Achison stops by the Gainesville square for a live performance. The blues rock singer/songwriter is an Australian native and award-winning guitarist. His free event will be hosted by Downtown Drafts.

  • When: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 20
  • Where: Downtown Gainesville square
  • How much: Free

Sunset Concert Series   

Satisfy the foodie and music lover in you with the Sunset Concert Series at the Kaya Vineyard and Winery. Country artists Trent Tomlinson and Josh Gracin will take centerstage in the middle of the vineyard.

Tomlinson’s debut album “That’s What's Working Right Now” is on the rise and he’s already secured three Billboard Top 25 Singles. Gracin’s full voice and emotional connections to his music are pushing his first three singles onto the charts.

While you get lost in the music, don’t forget to check out the estate wine and gourmet barbecue.

  • When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 27
  • Where: Kaya Vineyard and Winery in Dahlonega
  • How much: $25

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