Summer entertainment lineups kick off on Saturday
by Marie Nesmith
May 15, 2013 | 874 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With three entertainment series on tap, area residents will have a bevy of musical acts and Western performers at their fingertips this summer. Starting Saturday with Red Top Mountain State Park’s Bluegrass “Mountain Music” Concert Series, the coming months also will feature entertainers from the Booth Western Art Museum’s Summer Entertainment Series and the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority’s Summer Concert Series.

Bluegrass Concert Series

Red Top Mountain State Park will showcase the diverse sounds of bluegrass, starting with Apostles of Bluegrass’ performance on Saturday. The 8 p.m. show will kick off the Cartersville venue’s concert series that will feature a total of 13 bluegrass bands through July 27.

“We’ve worked really hard to get a good mix of bluegrass bands,” said Damon Kirkpatrick, president of the Friends of Red Top Mountain State Park. “So you’ll hear anywhere from old-time gospel all the way up to new rockabilly country bluegrass [with] all of these fantastic bands. We’ve been doing this many years now and we’ve gotten quite a reputation as the place to be for bluegrass.

“... We have a fantastic lineup of bands. Some of our old-time favorites are coming back again and we’ve got a couple of new ones. ... With the bands on the porch of the cabin and everybody out on the lawn, it just creates a really nice outdoor fun, family atmosphere. There’s always space up at the front and we always end up with the kids dancing. It’s just a great time.”

Following Apostles of Bluegrass’ performance, Red Top’s concert series lineup will feature May 25, Cedar Hill; May 26, Old Mill Road Band; June 1, Counterpoint; June 8, Cherokee Cut Ups; June 15, Grassville; June 22, East Dixie Boys; June 29, Old Dixie Highway; July 5, DejaBlue Grass Band; July 6, DejaBlue Grass Band; July 13, Smokey’s Farmland Band; July 20, Bullsboro; and July 27, Suggins Brothers. All of the performances will begin at 8 p.m., except for the May 26 offering, which will start at 4 p.m.

With seating available in the grounds around the park’s Vaughan log cabin, patrons will be encouraged to arrive early and bring a blanket or chair.

To support the series, “bucket” donations will be accepted at each concert. While admission to the event — held behind the Park Office — will be free, individuals will need to display an annual pass or a $5 daily ParkPass in their vehicle. For more information, call 770-975-0055 or visit

Summer Concert Series

Organized by the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority, the Summer Concert Series will bring back “crowd favorites” Eastern Seaboard June 1 and Babe’s Bayou Aug. 3. The concerts will be held at Friendship Plaza, with both offerings scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m.

“This is actually the 10th year for the Summer Concert Series,” Cartersville DDA Manager Tara Currier said. “So we’ve certainly seen a variety of great musical acts throughout those 10 years [and] are excited to welcome back Eastern Seaboard and Babe’s Bayou, who have played downtown recently before.

“Eastern Seaboard plays a lot of great beach-themed music and has been around the community for many years while Babe’s Bayou is a newer group that has emerged from the Cartersville/Bartow County area, but again a crowd favorite. And they’ve played throughout the northwest region actually. So [we are] just excited, obviously, [to feature] very different genres of music and [it is] a wonderful opportunity for patrons to come downtown and enjoy great music and all the great retail shops and restaurants that we have down here as well.”

Even though the concerts will be free to the public, individuals and groups will have the opportunity to purchase a reserved table that seats eight for $100 at each concert.

For more information about the concerts or to become a sponsor, call the Cartersville DDA at 770-607-3480.

Booth’s Summer Entertainment Series

To be presented on the third Thursdays in June and July, Booth Western Art Museum’s series will feature food, drinks and cash bars in addition to entertainment in the venue’s ballroom.

The series will begin with a presentation by Cathy Smith, who designed costumes for various films, such as “Dances with Wolves” and “Son of the Morning Star,” on June 20. Also occurring at 7 p.m., the July 18 offering will feature gun tricks by Booth Museum Historian Jim Dunham and Western movie songs performed by Cowboy Balladeer Jim Dorsett in the program “Bullets and Ballads.”

Each presentation will cost $25 for Booth members and $30 for non-members.

“We started [offering this] when we opened the new wing of the museum,” said Seth Hopkins, executive director of the Booth museum. “It opened in 2009, but 2010 was our first summer when we had access to the ballroom and doing a dinner theater-type event was something that we always wanted to do but we really didn’t have an appropriate facility.

“So when we built the ballroom, it gave us the opportunity to do this type of programming — which we think people are looking for particularly in the summer when they have friends in from out of town or family — to have a quality meal with entertainment, a dinner and a show. It’s something that’s pretty rare in our community. So we wanted to offer some opportunities to do that as well as bring in some entertainers that would be better in that setting than in a more formal theater-type setting.”

The Booth’s Summer Entertainment Series will culminate with the 10th Anniversary Western Swing Dance Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. Along with entertainment, the celebration in the Booth Ballroom will feature hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music by Swing South and an overview of the Booth’s 10-year history.

Tickets, which will cover admission, two drink tickets and a souvenir 10th anniversary Booth belt buckle — are $60 for Booth members and $75 for non-members. To purchase tickets for any of the upcoming events, visit the museum at 501 Museum Drive in Cartersville or call 770-387-1300. More information about the series can be obtained online at