Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk takes center stage at Music by the Tracks Aug. 17


Referred to by the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority as "dynamic," Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk will make its debut performance at Music by the Tracks Saturday.

"Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk is a group of professional musicians who are passionate about jazz, old-school R&B and funk music,” said Courtney Sutter, Cartersville DDA’s marketing and promotions coordinator. “Playing a variety of music that's soothing for the soul, this group will have the whole audience up on their feet and begging for more.

"We chose to add this group to our lineup because they add some much needed genre variety to our concert series. With 10 members in their jazz funk band, they are known for their interactive performance that everyone in the audience can enjoy."

Music by the Tracks will begin with a performance by Sam Carter at 6 p.m., followed by the headlining act from 7 to 9 p.m.

"We'll play a little bit of something for everybody," said Terry Ellis, Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk's director and manager. "We'll play everything from the '60s through '70s, from Motown to Earth, Wind & Fire to Kool & The Gang, The Commodores, Sade.

"You name it, we're going to play it. ... We like playing at venues, like this, because we have a good chance to interact with the crowd."

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

"The turnout has been better than we could ever hope for at these concerts," stated former Music by the Tracks Event Planner Hannah Surrett in a news release. "I know another great crowd will show in downtown on Saturday, Aug. 17, for Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk."

Established in 2015, Music by the Tracks is featuring five concerts this year on the third Saturday of the month from May through September. The series will wrap up Sept. 21 with a performance by Chi-Town Transit Authority.

"The purpose of the Music by the Tracks series is to bring people to downtown Cartersville and ultimately support our local businesses on the square and our food and drink vendors,” Sutter said. “The downtown area of any city is the core of the community. By providing these events downtown, we hope to continue growing the city’s presence and make it an ideal, attractive and viable place for our community.

"The DDA hopes that attendees will leave this event feeling relaxed and satisfied. This series is free and a great opportunity to get the entire family together outside. We also hope that people will leave this event with a fresh outlook on our downtown as somewhere they can come visit to dine, shop and attend events throughout the year."

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