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Bluegrass concert series gearing up for May music fest at Jaemor
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Homegrown Band performs at Jaemor Farms in Alto, on Nov. 4, 2017. People came out to Jaemor Farms to enjoy fall activities including the band's performance. - photo by David Barnes

Bluegrass music will be filling the barn at Jaemor Farms for the next few months leading up to a festival in May.

Edgar Loudermilk Music Productions is hosting its third-annual Bluegrass Farm Jam Concert Series, which brings a show to the North Hall farm once a month from November to April.

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Edgar Loudermilk
“We try to have a good time,” Edgar Loudermilk, a professional bluegrass musician, said about the concerts. “We try to have an entertaining show.”

He said there is a featured band at each event as well as a performance by children who play bluegrass music.

“We’ve got a youth program that we’ve put together,” he said. “We have this program called the Bluegrass Farm Jam Youth All-Stars, and I allow any youth in the area that’s playing to have stage time. Any kid that plays this music — plays a fiddle, plays a guitar, banjo — can join up. We let them open each show.”

He said the first concert in November was pretty popular.
“It went wonderful,” he said. “We had a good turnout.”

The next event, which will be Dec. 7, will include four or five youth performers as well as a show by Loudermilk and his father, Bobby Loudermilk.

“I’m doing a bluegrass and gospel duet show with my dad,” he said. “He’s got a lot of folks that follow him around here, so I’m looking forward to doing a show.”

There will also be an open jam session at the end of the night.

Bluegrass Farm Jam Concert Series

When: 6-11 p.m. Dec. 7, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8 and April 12

Where: Jaemor Farms, 5340 Cornelia Highway, Alto

How much: $15 at the door

More info: bluegrassfarmjam.com

“All these shows are followed by a jam with all the people who come that are players,” Loudermilk said. “Everybody comes and jumps in and joins in playing music.”  

He said guests can expect a “down-home family atmosphere” and a lot of fun at the concert.

“We try our best to make everybody have a great time so they’ll come back,” he said. “We have a lot of the same folks that have been coming for three or four years.” 
He said the concert series ultimately leads up to the Bluegrass Farm Jam Festival on May 18, which also features the Youth All-Star Band and a variety of professional performers, including his own Edgar Loudermilk Band, featuring Jeff Autry and The Little Roy and Lizzy Show.

“It’s a concert series as a teaser,” he said about the events from November to April. “This will be the fourth-annual festival. It’s a great day of music. A lot of folks come out, and we all have a great time.”

Loudermilk, who is a native of Habersham County, said the festival is his “vision for having something here at home.”

“I’ve been playing professional music in different bands for the last 20 years,” he said. “I’ve been on the road, and I play festivals all over the nation. It’s something that I enjoying seeing. And I wanted to have one of those in North Georgia. So that’s what we’re working on — is trying to build up and have a youth program and a wonderful festival.”

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