Downtown Adairsville, Cartersville to showcase live music Saturday

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In the heart of Adairsville and Cartersville, live music will take center stage Saturday, courtesy of the BBQ & Blues Festival and Music by the Tracks.

Gearing up for the fourth annual free-admission event, the city of Adairsville will present the BBQ & Blues Festival from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“The event was originated in 2015 with hopes of bringing more opportunity to our community to get out and visit the beautiful downtown area Adairsville has to offer, in addition to offering our community an all around fun event,” said Bethany Brady, city of Adairsville’s marketing and event coordinator. “The purpose of this particular festival is to enjoy some great backyard barbecue and friendly competition. Most importantly, we enjoy seeing our community come together and just enjoy time together.”

According to the event’s Facebook page, BBQ & Blues’ music lineup will feature Garrett Wheeler & The Gold Rush, Chloe & The Ramblers, Jeff Rogers Band, 45 and a Fifth, The Rovers, FreshPow Band, Taylor Cromer, Corey Alan Rose and Evan Walker.

“We have a lot of different things happening during the festival,” Brady said. “From 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., there will be a Car Cruise In located in Downtown Public Square, in addition to a Quilt Show happening at the Adairsville Welcome Center and Historic Depot. From 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., there will be … barbecue vendors, various retail/food vendors, a beer garden and some great live music.

“The barbecue competition judging will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. with Peoples Choice. Those ballots are only $5, and you have the opportunity to try a variety of some great barbecue.”

In downtown Cartersville, the Music by the Tracks series will kick off with a concert by Milky Sway & My Ninja at Friendship Plaza.

Ongoing from 6 to 9 p.m., the event will begin with a performance by the winner of one of Daniel Lieving’s Open Mic Night contests, followed by the headlining act at 7 p.m.

Along with live entertainment, the complimentary offering will feature food and drinks for purchase by local establishments.

“We don’t have the same type of music coming every month,” said Hannah Surrett, Cartersville Downtown Development Authority’s marketing and promotions coordinator. “It varies between rock ’n’ roll and more alternative to country.

“… The first event is Milky Sway & My Ninja. It’s actually two different bands coming together. … They are a rock band. Their description is a regional alternative favorite. So I think they’re a great start to the concert series,” she said, adding with one of the band members working in downtown Cartersville, it underscores the series’ investment in the local music scene.

Following the opening concert, Music by the Tracks will continue with The Michael Allman Band, June 15; Babe’s Bayou, July 20; Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk, Aug. 17; and Chi-Town Transit Authority, Sept. 21.

For more information about the BBQ & Blues Festival or Music by the Tracks, visit https://www.adairsvillega.net or https://downtowncartersville.org, respectively.