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love music. To me there is no better remedy to life and all its crap than music. I was fortunate enough to grow up with parents who instilled their love of music in me. I remember very vividly the jealousy I had when my parents would drop us off at our grandparents house to go to Atlanta for the annual Jimmy Buffett concert. I was 8. Not much has changed. I’m still very much the Parrothead, I love to pop in Paul Simon’s greatest hits, and I get lost playing Sweet Melissa on the guitar. (I even married a Melissa if that tells you anything.) Music to me is food for the soul. It connects people and gives us a common bond. Regardless of your preference, the true music lover can appreciate the shear talent of the musician of any genre. So October in the ‘Ville means one thing. Deep Roots. For the music lover alone this should get
you excited. The lineup for this year is once again superb. If you don’t have plans to attend this year’s festival then you really are missing out on more than just the great music. The Community Stage always has great entertainers for the whole family, arts and crafts vendors always have an amazing variety of merchandise, the Kid Zone will keep a smile on your kids’ faces all day and above all that the festival helps to promote and sustain the beauty of Downtown. I really hope to see you there.
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Hot Wing Heaven Our local foodie as we call her searches far and wide for the best hot wing in town. She found a lot. We’re not even sure that she’ll ever eat wings again after the grueling taste test we put her through. Check out her findings after a day of 30 wings and 5 locations. Your mouth should be watering.
Did you play Atari? If you did don’t tell us, show us by putting on your best pong cap and proving that there is actually a game by that name and it does not leave you with a headache in the morning. Digital Bridges is hosting a Nostalgia Video Game tournament on the 23rd. Bring your game face and go down memory lane.
Karaoke Rocks I’ve never done it but I applaud the brave individuals who have no shame and brave the crowd for Karaoke. Whether it be with liquid courage or actual talent, Karaoke is always a crowd pleaser. We sent a few of our reporters to check the local scene.
Local Band Profile Milledgeville Native Jon Scott brings his talent to the annual Deep Roots festival. Armed with a new single making it’s way up the charts, this local talent is sure to please the ears of his hometown.
Q&A Frank Pendergast. You know him. You’ve at least heard of him. Well we caught him and picked his brain for his take on the future of Milledgeville and Downtown development. Frank gave us some great insight as to what makes downtown so special and where we are headed in the future. This is a must read.
Also check out..... Local Beer Review................................................8 Jimmy Holder of the Brick shares his love for good beer and gives us his recommendation for good beer in the city.
Dining Guide .........................................................8 This is not your average dining guide. We sorted them by cuisine so you can easily find Chinese or Mexican and also get a quick glance at the prices to expect.
Opinions...............................................................12 Who doesn’t have an opinion on the BP oil spill? In our opinion section we ask men and women to give us their take on the issue. Are they the same?
Fashion.................................................................20 A special two page spread to show the offerings of local boutique The French Vill’Edge.
Check our special 6 page Deep Roots section starting on page 22.
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Holy Hot Wing After downing more than 30 wings in a day, our foodie gives us the lowdown on local wing spots
By LAUREN DAVIDSON What’s better than eating wings while watching your favorite team play this fall? From football to baseball wings are the best game time chow down. This week I decided to embark on a wing tasting journey to five of Milledgeville’s fine eateries to see what they all had to offer. My journey started out at Pickle Barrel Café, 1880 N. Columbia St., where I tried the restaurant’s signature Caribbean blend wing, the Islander. The first bite filled my mouth with a sweet flavor that turned into a tangy taste and left me with a hot aftertaste. I recommend that you use ranch as your dipping sauce for this wing, but don’t worry — it doesn’t take away from the wing’s delicious Caribbean sauce. If you’re looking to add more tang, I rec-
ommend dipping it in blue cheese instead. I recommend this wing to everyone who loves wings nice and saucy and is looking for a flavor that no one else in Milledgeville offers. Next I visited Buffington’s, 120 W. Hancock St., where I ordered the Garlic Teriyaki wing. This wing is covered in the restaurant’s own homemade teriyaki sauce. The wing had a sweet taste to it with a small hint of garlic. I tried both ranch and blue cheese as a dipping sauce and found that I actually enjoyed it better without dipping it in a sauce at all — the wing was just that good. I recommend that everyone give this Asian flavored wing a try. After I finished up at Buffington’s, I went over to Amici, 101 W. Hancock St., where I tried their Honey Hot wings. I bit into the wing and got a satisfying sweet, then hot taste.
I could definitely taste a hint of honey and found that the honey tones down the hot flavor of the wing. Everyone knows beer goes great with wings, so I recommend ordering a pitcher of any domestic beer of your choice, and for $5 a pitcher during their Wing Night on Wednesdays and Sundays, you can’t beat that. Next I went to the Brick, 136 W. Hancock St., where I tried their Brown Sugar Hot wings. I would describe this wing as sweet with a kick. My taste buds picked up a hint of Texas Pete in the sauce, but the brown sugar definitely toned down the hot flavor. They recommended that customers try the Terrapin Rye as a compliment for this wing. If you aren’t in the mood for their Brown Sugar Hot wings try out the Lemon Pepper wings or the mild wings. I tasted both flavors and thought they were very
good and had just the right amount of sauce on them. To finish up I went to AJ’s Hot Wings & More, 2601 N. Columbia St., and I have to say their wings were absolutely delicious. I tried three of their Lemon Pepper wings and three of their Honey Hot wings. The Lemon Pepper wings were juicy and had an amazing zesty lemon taste to them. The thing I loved most about them is that they had just the right amount of sauce, and the spices were not overdone at all. Their Honey Hot wings were very sweet, not too hot, and I could really taste the honey. I recommend that customers use ranch as their dipping sauce for both of these wings. I ate a total of 30 wings in one day. I was very full when it was all done, but I was thoroughly satisfied by the taste and quality of each wing at every restaurant I visited.
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Digital Bridges waxing video game nostalgia Deep Roots weekend By SARAH BETH ARIEMMA This year, the Deep Roots festival will be awash with nostalgia. No, it isn’t the old-fashioned buildings, or the art of clogging that will bring along this wave. Digital Bridges is hosting a nostalgic video game tournament, sure to make everyone feel like a kid again. “We were interested in finding something that would create an enjoyable time at Deep Roots,” said Daniel McDonald, communications coordinator for Digital Bridges. “We figured that by showcasing both new and old games, this would be an excellent way to engage people in technology. Our goal at Digital Bridges is to empower the community through the use and adoption of innovative technology.” The idea to host a video game tournament sparked internally, and has been hotly discussed for months. Back in September, Digital Bridges began working on tracking down older video games, including Nintendo, Atari 2600, and ColecoVision. “People will have to play a combination of all games in order to be crowned the winner of the tournament.
You cannot just simply master one game, you must excel at them all,” McDonald said. In addition to the older video games, a Guitar Hero tournament will finish the day of competition. Those who participate in the Guitar Hero tournament are encouraged to dress the part — hair, makeup and costumes are key. Players will be judged on their “stage presence,” costumes and of course, skill. Different tournaments will be played throughout the day in 15-minute increments. The tournament begins at 10 a.m., and will run until 5 p.m. The Guitar Hero tournament will begin at 5 p.m. “We want to draw the crowd in to determine the winner of the Guitar Hero tournament. We want people to stick around to enjoy the event, as well as Deep Roots,” McDonald said. A $5 fee for participating in the event is to cover the cost of renting the video game equipment. To register for the gaming tournament, log on http://bit.ly/dbgames by Oct. 18. The tournament launches on Oct. 23. Bring your game face.
Karaoke ROcks! Karaoke a favorite past-time for the ‘Ville
By SARAH BETH ARIEMMA & SAMANTHA SEVERIN The phrase, “rocks so hard” applies to Milledgeville on the nights in which Karaoke is offered at a few of the local bars and restaurants. Every Tuesday, starting at 10:30, Buffington’s Bar and Grill hosts anywhere from 75 to 100 people. Georgia College and State University students, as well as women, can karaoke for free, and for all others interested in letting free their “inner-diva” the cover charge is $5. People come to partake in Karaoke for a number of reasons. “I come because I like to dance. The dance breaks are my favorite part,” said Carey Stachler. A GCSU English major. “I come because it’s a great opportunity to meet people around the Milledgeville area. Plus, it’s like Cheers; it’s nice to come to a place where people know your name,” said
Lindsey Tanner, a GMC psychology student. Others, like Walter Reynolds, a Z97 DJ, come for the “exceptional people watching,” while others, like Josh Wellmaker, come because it’s the one night of the week that he gets really drunk. Will Barrett, who usually works the door on Tuesday nights at Buffington’s, has what many people would say is one of the coolest jobs downtown. “You never know what you’ll run into at the door. Plus, I get paid to get drunk.” While he occasionally has to throw out the folks that come in a little too wasted, he gets to meet all of the wonderful community members that patronize The Buff as they walk in the door. The Buff has been offering karaoke for six years, and the crowds on Tuesday keep on coming. The musical selection ranges from classic rock to country to the latest
Evan Boitet @ Buffingtons pop ballads. The Asian Bistro offers an Open-Mic night on Wednesdays to cater to a different sect. At 11 p.m. Victor Peruzzi runs the show, insuring that everyone has a wonderful time. Local bands and talent play for those in the Asian Bistro, showing off their skills and enjoying their time in the limelight. John Tran, the owner of Asian Bistro, enjoys Open-Mic night because everyone
who comes to listen to the music has a great time. “For people who love music, this is a great opportunity to hear it. It is also a great place to perform if you are a performer and get exposure by playing for people,” Tran said. Asian Bistro typically hosts close to 100 people on Wednesdays. “Everyone gets along well,” he said, “They have a lot of respect for each other.”
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Deep Roots Festival is a great time of year for Baldwin County residents and travelers from around the United States. As the economy continues to challenge all of us, sponsors for non-profit events are harder to come by. So when Terrapin Beer Company financially supports our hometown festival year after year, they definitely deserve proper recognition. Simply put, their beer is delicious, and brewed just up the road in Athens. Terrapin’s Rye Ale, their flagship beer, is a true gem and something Georgians can be proud of. Their unique use of rye and five varieties of hops delivers a distinctive and signature taste that awarded them the coveted American Pale Ale Gold Medal, the most prestigious competition of its kind in North America. In addition to the Rye Pale Ale, their year round catalog, seasonal offerings and one-offs consistently please and positively challenge the palate. Beyond supporting Deep Roots Festival, they’ve created awareness of the loss and continued rebuilding efforts of the famous Georgia Theatre. Whether you’re a music fan, a festival fan, a beer fan, or in my case, a fan of all three, Terrapin Beer Company deserves your attention. It’s easy to find at your favorite pub, package store or grocery store. Terrapin Beer: good people making great beer.
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with his new single making its way up the charts, Jon Scott is making his way back home By LAUREN DAVIDSON Milledgeville native Jon Scott first found his love for singing as a young boy at the age of 4. “I don’t ever remember not singing something,” he recalls. Scott has performed as a solo act for many years and has performed with various bands such as The New Hinsons, Karen Peck and New River, Jeff and Sherri Easter. He also was runner-up in the 2009 Milledgeville Idol competition. Some of his biggest influences musically have been his father [singer and guitarist], Elvis, Marty Robbins, Kenny Hinson, Robbins, Michael English, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Al Green. “I love all styles of music and have been influenced by many artist through the years from gospel to jazz, rock, pop, and of course, Motown.” For the past five years he’s been performing with Brian Powers. In the past Powers played in a heavy metal band and has shared the stage with bands such as Sevendust, Kid Rock, Staind and the Scorpions. The two are a musical team, and Scott is glad to have Powers as his partner. “We met a few years ago and it just clicked, there was a synergy that just worked. Hard to find extremely talented people with great attitudes — Brian is definitely one of those few. I would not want to do this without him. We’re a band,” said Scott. Scott signed with Worn Soul Entertainment and earlier this year the duo started calling their repertoire The Jon Scott Band. In August 2009, Scott released his first self-titled album, Jon Scott. The band’s single “Call Me Crazy”
has gained media attention and has also been featured on Atlanta’s country radio station 94.9 The Bull. “We’ve recently found out that they’re playing our single like it’s the Beatles or something in Russia … kind of interesting. Who knew?” said Scott. The two perform in a wide range of cities and venues in the southeastern United States and locally in Milledgeville at the Milledgeville Country Club and Crooked Creek Marina located on Lake Sinclair. They have also played at the Church in the Now. “Milledgeville Country Club has been a regular venue for us …We play anywhere in the southeastern U.S. right now. We play in the Lake Oconee area and Nashville with a lot of things starting to happen on a national scale,” Scott said. Milledgeville will have the pleasure of listening to The Jon Scott Band at the annual Deep Roots Festival later this month. This southern soul duo harmonizes perfectly together and Scott, lead singer, has the power to belt out any song giving it that southern soul flair that will leave any audience begging for more. “This is the first time we’ve played the Deep Roots festival and we’re excited,” Scott said. “Milledgeville is my hometown, so it means a lot for me to be able to do my thing in front of family and friends. Milledgeville has always been very supportive of my music efforts. Thank you all who have been such wonderful friends in every way to me over the years. You know who you are.” The band will be hitting the Mainstage at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, where they will be playing many of their own original songs and a few covers that everyone is sure to enjoy.
the skinny WHO:
Jon Scott Band
Jon Scott (lead vocals, keys/piano, guitar) Brian Powers (bass, backing vocals, guitar)
“Call Me Crazy”
Q&A - Frank Pendergast Milledgeville’s Frank Pendergast has been on the downtown scene as a developer and business owner for nearly 20 years, working as an instrumental force behind new ventures and projects aimed at improving and expanding the downtown community. One big part of downtown Milledgeville’s expansion has been for the past seven years, the annual Deep Roots Festival, which has in numerous respects helped to put the local community on the arts and culture map and generated important dollars to go toward the enhancement of additional downtown projects. Pendergast is board chairman for the annual festival, once a smaller-scale event that has blossomed into the area’s largest music venue by far. As one of the engineers behind its success, he recently sat down with The ‘Ville to discuss what’s new with this year’s event and what’s ahead for the downtown community. THE ‘VILLE: Looking back on the annual Deep Roots Festival since its beginnings seven years ago, how has Deep Roots changed over the years? FP: Of course, it’s grown phenomenally. The first event was held just on one city block. It was still a full day event. I think our attendance [the first year] was 3,000. Fast forward to today, I think we’re taking up five blocks. The quality of the arts and crafts has improved as word has gotten out about the event. The community as a whole has really owned the event. As it gets bigger, more and more, people are excited about it. That’s always exciting to see people geared up. I’ve heard the term Black Friday being thrown around this year. All the retail stores and motels are talking about it. THE ‘VILLE: What new elements can people expect to see at this year’s festival? FP: We’re enhancing our Kids Zone. That’s one of the areas that gets the most traffic. We’re going to have more inflatables, and kids 10 and under will get in free. This year our Music Mainstage, as with every year, will be totally different. We’re very excited about that as well. This year, we’ll be tripling the amount of barbecue. We always sell out within an hour. All of this information can be found on our website. THE ‘VILLE: Downtown areas a such a huge part of any community. What do you think of the progress downtown Milledgeville has made in recent years in development and where does downtown go from here to continue that? FP: The focus of the event [Deep Roots] was to bring attention to our downtown, of course, and it’s done that… . We’ve seen more and more businesses open up downtown. The only vacancies have been the businesses in transition. We’re
looking forward to the completion of Streetscape and moving on to the third phase of the project. THE ‘VILLE: What type of role does this area (downtown) play in the overall growth of Milledgeville? FP: We’ve heard time and time again from developers that they’ll see how a downtown is and see it as a pulse for a community. It’s definitely an asset, and we’re blessed. Our downtown is blessed to have all the original characteristics of a downtown — government [City Hall and the courthouse], the post office, educational centers [Georgia College and Georgia Military College], religious centers and banks. The down-side of things is we’re loosing out because we’re running out of available space. THE ‘VILLE: How has downtown Milledgeville changed since you first started growing your businesses here? FP: This is my 17th year in Milledgeville. We’ve seen a dramatic change from 60 percent vacancy rates to capacity. The students are great, and [with the move to GCSU’s designation as the state’s only public liberal arts university] we’ve seen a change in the students, and with GMC it’s certainly always nice to see the students come down in their uniforms. It’s just great. It’s a vast change. THE ‘VILLE: You are working on a development project to bring residential space to Hancock Street. What do you think about the potential for residential areas downtown and what they could bring to the area? FP: It’s an exciting prospect. There are several condos on the books to be built. It certainly adds to the character of downtown. It will be a more urban setting. >From an economic standpoint, I think it’s great. They’re going to spend their time on the streets of downtown.
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[With space near capacity] the only development option we do have is up [instead of outward]. City Council’s move to make changes in the city code [several years ago] was a very forwardthinking move by our Council. It adds to the taxbase, and that’s a win-win again for the community. It’s also practicing green development — utilizing existing spaces and that infrastructure is already downtown. It’s quite smart. THE ‘VILLE: Since this is an arts and culture publication, what do you think of the future of the arts in Milledgeville? FP: I’m excited about it. The students at the university are wonderful talents. We see their work displayed at Blackbird Coffee and other galleries throughout downtown. I’m excited about the future. THE ‘VILLE: Looking at the remainder of 2010 and looking forward to 2011, where does Milledgeville go from here? FP: We’re moving forward, of course. I see downtown on a roll. We’ve got inertia working on our side. Because of the proximity of the university and the historic district, we’ll always have people [in the downtown area]. Yes, we have
some trees that are gone [due to the Streetscape transition], but we have new trees coming in. In downtown Milledgeville, you’re getting more than four walls — you’re getting an experience. I think there’s really just a different experience downtown. THE ‘VILLE: Any additional thoughts or comments? FP: I want to thank the community for supporting this event [Deep Roots] and thank the city of Milledgeville for its support through the years. Thank you to all the sponsors that we have. We’re looking forward in two weeks to putting on a great festival.
THE ‘VILLE: Since this is an arts and music publication we have to ask, what type of music do you listen to? FP: I’m really a renaissance man when it comes to music. I like everything from jazz to country to rap. You’ll find it all on my iPod. — Compiled by Natalie Davis
entertainment Georgia College opens the Campus Black Box Theatre with ‘Steel Magnolias’ The Theatre Program at Georgia College continues its amazing season titled “A Southern Celebration: Welcome Home” with Steel Magnolias Nov. 9-13 and 16-20 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. in the Campus Black Box Theatre. The performance is under the direction of Iona Pendergast and was written by Robert Harling. Celebrate the opening of the Campus Black Box Theatre with this homage to the Southern belle in her comedic and dramatic glory. The film by the same name starred Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine and Sally Fields. The scenic designer has turned the theatre into a beauty salon where the six women are so close to the audience that the hairwashing scene may wet those sitting in the splash seats. The play was an off-Broadway hit described in the New York Times as “A joy.” While not actually autobiographical, the playwright Robert Harling wrote this play after the death of his sister. The character Shelby risks a dangerous pregnancy and all the women contribute their gossip and insights. Director Iona Pendergast commented that “it is a thrill to work with this fine cast of lovely Georgia College women.” Artistic Director Karen Berman says that “This play honors our mission to bring outstanding theater to life through collaboration with professional artists, educational outreach, and an integration of critical and creative inquiry.” Tickets are $13 (general seating), $9 (Georgia College faculty and staff, non-GC students and senior citizens) and $5 (Georgia College students). Group rates are available. To purchase tickets online go to gcsutickets.com. For more information call (478) 445-4226.
Zach Deputy brings earthy blend and island sounds to Amici By NATALIE DAVIS Into the morning, into the night, as Zach Deputy’s earthy track suggests, the South Carolina-based musician will transport local fans to the islands and beyond when he performs later this month at Amici Italian Café, 101 W. Hancock St. Influenced by his South Carolina coastal roots and his Puerto Rican and St. Croix family heritage, his music infuses islands rhythms with everything from folk to blues to gospel and even hip-hop — so don’t be surprised to hear Zach break out a freestyle from time to time. From his base in Hilton Head, S.C., Zach typically performs an astounding 250 to 300 shows a year, but despite the hectic pace, he manages to stay loyal to his regional fan base while balancing that unwavering following with a burgeoning reach to other parts of the country. He dubs his one man-band style “Island-Infused Drum N’ Bass/Gospel Ninja Soul.” “The Zach Deputy sound is essentially roots rock, but in his case the roots are in soul, calypso and dancehall, underpinned by driving hip-hop, rock steady, Motown and Stax backbeats created with his layered vocal beatboxing,” reads the musican’s website. Taylor Becker, booking agent at Amici, said he met Zach back in 2006 and two years later he played his first show in Milledgeville. “He’s really fun,” he said. “Besides being good music, he really puts on a great show.” Writes Cincinnati’s City Beat of a recent show: “The term “one-man band” used to conjure images of a guitar
player with a harmonica rack, cymbals taped to the insides of his knees, a bike horn under his arm, a bass drum with a stomp pedal and a tambourine for a hat. Technology has largely eliminated that stereotype in favor of a guy playing a single instrument and a cacophony of additional sounds provided by a computer set-up stage right. … Those lucky enough to be among his assdanced-off audiences have witnessed a phenomenally percussive guitarist performing with a virtual orchestral accompaniment, layered live via computer. … Imagine a Vulcan mind meld of Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews, Beck and Kings of Leon all rolled into one twitchy and impossibly talented body that resembles a modern day Friar Tuck.”
“It’s just a one-man show, but through the use of electronics … he puts on a full show,” said Becker of his performances. Zach has shared the stage with musicians including Wiseblood, The Whigs, The London Souls and numerous others, playing up and down the east coast, and his upcoming performance here in Milledgeville is a chance to see this talent live before he quickly captures national momentum. Zach Deputy will perform at Amici Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 11 p.m. From music and more on Zach Deputy, visit www.zachdeputy.com.
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Sara Wood Artist in the Ambulance is Thrice’s third album. It was released in 2003 and it hit No. 16 on the Billboard 200 charts. Some notable tracks include: “Melting Point of Wax” “All That’s Left” “Stare at the Sun”
“The Education of Little Tree,” by Forrest Carter An 8-year-old boy loses his parents and he goes to live in the woods with his Cherokee grandfather. He learns the value of nature and the ways of the land. The text is often the subject of scholarly reviews that take into question the author’s questionable past.
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“Music Box” Mariah Carey Music Box is Mariah Carey’s third studio album, and it was released in 1993. It is Carey’s best selling album and one of the best-selling albums of all time. Some notable tracks include: “Dream Lover” “Come Back to Me”
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on the main stage Jimmy Holder, who seems to have quite the affection for the ‘Ville, so graciously asked to write our music review for this issue. Jimmy contacted the bands coming to Deep Roots and gave us some interesting tidbits on each. Hope you enjoy!
By JIMMY HOLDER It’s not everyday we have the opportunity to see so many great touring bands at one venue in one day. This year’s Deep Roots Festival music line-up, sponsored by Louie Herron Toyota and The Bellamy Student Apartments, is surely the best we’ve seen in the festival’s previous six years. This is not to say the past years have lacked excellence. John Butler Trio, Trampled By Turtles, Perpetual Groove, Moonshine Still, Tim Reynolds, Grace Potter & The Nocturnal and many more have all delivered incredible and memorable music performances. What distinguishes 2010 from the others is that it offers an entire day of
spectacular music. Saint Francis performs in the 2 p.m. slot this year, and could easily be opening for the headliner. The Dirty Guv’nahs are slated for 7 p.m., but could be the headliner just the same. And did I mention Grammy award-winner Tommy Crain? He’s been credited with inventing Southern Rock! Country fans will love our local-turned-professional artist, John Scott Band, as well as the American roots rock band, The Dirty Guv’nahs. Fans and loyalists of Moonshine Still can see and hear lead singer Scott Bastion’s new project Saint Francis and Moonshine’s drummer can be seen in the high energy supporting act, Stokeswood. Then, of course, there is the highly anticipated Delta Spirit. This west coast American
Who is an unlikely influence in your music? Why? I guess the most unlikely influence on my music would have to be George Gershwin because I am a huge fan of musical theater.
Saint Francis Your name and role in the band: Scott Baston — Lead singer/rhythm guitar/primary songwriter How many shows per year is your band playing? After touring with Moonshine for over a decade my band members and I decided that with this project we wanted to focus on playing quality shows rather than quantity, focusing on playing bigger festivals and showcase venues. The night after night bar scene, and the constant grind of road life can drain you and become monotonous after a while, making it seem that you are just going through the motions. We try to do one or two shows a month, allowing us to keep the music fresh and the experience genuine for us and our fans. Who are you listening to lately? Broken Bells, Belle and Sebastian, Band of Horses, The Frames and Billy Preston just to scratch the surface.
What “genre” or “category” would you classify your music? What are your feelings on “genres” and “classifications” of music? I feel that it’s better to write and play what comes out of you naturally rather than be pigeon holed by a label, or classification. As we see in the music business we see that things are changing, take for example the Zac Brown Band or Lady Antebellum who defy strict classification. You allow yourself more scope for creativity if you don’t have to fit into a genre, enabling you to reach a wider audience. For me that is the difference between being a flash in the pan and being timeless. What are your feelings on radio? Is radio a goal for your band? Why? In the past, traditional radio was the only way to get your music heard, and to be played you had to have a record deal. The only way independent bands could be heard was on college or underground radio, but things have changed with the integration of the Internet through social networking sites like Reverb Nation, Myspace, Facebook and Twitter. Now individual artists can be heard by millions, and possibly be an overnight success without ever playing a live show. Saint Francis utilizes both radio and Internet. www.saintfrancisband.com
band just completed a tour of England, Germany and Australia, showcasing their multi-genre rock and roll across the globe. I had the privilege to speak with several of these bands this week about music and Deep Roots Festival. These folks are not just great musicians, they’re great people. Being interviewed by a locally-circulated publication isn’t part of their contract, and I’ve never had quite the success with prior bands, but this year’s bands were accessible and easy to talk to. If their human spirit and respect for The Ville and Deep Roots Festival has any relation to their talent and musicianship, which I know it does, then Oct. 23 will be Milledgeville’s biggest and best day ever for live music.
Milledgeville is a small town. Do you or your band prepare or expect anything different when playing a small town? I lived in Milledgeville for three years and it was like a second home to me through out the Moonshine Still years. I even wrote and recorded a song about it called The Great Escape, and for many years it was a great escape for me. Milledgeville is a small town with a big heart, and I look back fondly on the times I spent there with friends. We will bring our A game as if we were playing in any of the biggest cities I have ever played! Outtakes: I am completely honored that I have had the chance to play the DRF in the past, and feel that it has been a mark of the hard work and dedication that myself and my other band mates put into our craft. Moonshine Still was a great ride for me and I had some really great times playing with all of those guys. They are my brothers and even though we all have different lives now, we all wish well for one another. When Moonshine Still played DRF, it was huge for us. I feel that Saint Francis is some of the best music that I have ever been a part of and I put it right up there with any of the best moments I ever had with Moonshine. It is a completely different sound with some familiarities to the early Shine days, but instead of focusing on the extended jams we focus more on the song writing, lyrics, and overall support with instrumentation well placed and mapped out, serving a purpose for the overall crafting of the song itself.
The Dirty Guv’nahs Your name and role in the band: James Trimble — Lead Singer/Guitar How many shows per year is your band playing? We’re going to play over 75 shows this year. Who are you listening to lately? I just got a new Merle Haggard CD. It’s his new one, it’s “I am What I am.” Oh, I’ll tell you what I’m obsessed with right now is, is the new Delta Spirit. They’re playing at Deep Roots Festival. I just totally forgot. That was not on purpose. Their new album is History From Below. It’s so good! I saw them a couple years ago at a small venue here in Knoxville and I got turned onto them. It was their last album, Ode to Sunshine. I really started diggin’ them a lot then. I’m excited. Who is an unlikely influence in your music? Why? Bill Withers. He is probably my favorite songwriter. I just feel like he writes songs that can really touch a lot of people. Simple songs. He doesn’t beat around the bush with what he’s trying to say. I just appreciate his song writing. Bill Withers is an old R&B guy, he’s the guy who wrote “Lean on Me.” He wrote “Ain’t No Sunshine.” He wrote “Use Me.” He was really big in his day. He’s one of the coolest dudes. There’s a documentary out, right now, about him called, “Still Bill.” Yeah, Billy Withers! What “genre” or “category” would you classify your music? What are your feelings on “genres” and “classifications” of music? Some folks are saying Roots Rock. Some say American Rock and Roll. We get country and rock. I’m not real sure what that means. We’ve got heavy, heavy roots influences, I really think our, our two biggest influences are Rolling Stones and The Band. We’ve got country influences, but we’re not pop country enough for pop country stations. We’re a rock and roll band, but radio is not playing a lot of rock and roll. You know, even top 40, modern rock radio. It’s either a harder edge rock music, or its, pop rock music and … which is fine. What’s the future hold for your band? We’re still a young band, we’re still carving out what our sound is. I think this record has really gotten closer to what our sound is, but the future holds another record in about a year or so. You can never stop and that’s how the free market works. You’ve got to produce product. You can’t just produce one thing and say look at me. You gotta produce something and so, yeah, we’re, we’re a touring band and so we’re gonna keep going, and writing songs and I really have no idea what our next record will sound like. There’s really no telling. Milledgeville is a small town. Do you or your band prepare or expect anything different when playing a small town? We like playing small towns better than we like playing bigger towns. This is just me personally. I like coming to a small town that only has two or three music venues and I like playing there as opposed to playing in a town where they’ve got 20 music venues. It’s tough to break it big in Nashville or Atlanta, but when you do, you break it real big. We’re definitely a smaller town band, but that just goes with our DNA- where we’re coming from. In Knoxville, it’s about a fifth the size of Nashville. We’re not big city people. Outtakes: We recorded our new album over a two-week period in December of ‘09 and we wrote all those songs between August and December 2009, and then it was a good six or seven months after you record to get an album released, and so it came out in July. But we’ve been thinking now its time to start thinking about another record. I’m itching to write a newer one.
Stokeswood Your name and role in the band: Adam Patterson — Lead Singer/Acoustic Guitar How many shows per year is your band playing? We’re in Miami right now and when we do runs like this, we try to do four or five in a row. And we have four in Brooklyn at the end of the month, and then we go to Ohio right after that for Halloween. So this is a busy month for us. So yearly, I would say maybe 25 to 30 shows with the band. Who are you listening to lately? I’ve been listening to Fanfarlo, Passionpit. We as a band listen to the Whitest Boy Alive and the Kings of Convenience. Who is an unlikely influence in your music? Why? Definitely Patty Griffin. She’s an amazing singer-songerwriter. But she’s more like a folkacoustic, almost country, hands up like gospel. She’s absolutely incredible. She’s a veteran. She was on the very first bill at Lillith Fair. She’s incredible. I’ve actually seen her twice. But she’s just this short woman. She gets up there with her big acoustic guitar and let’s it eat. She just joined Robert Plant’s new project. It’s called the Band of Robert Plant and the Band of Joy. She’s playing with him. What “genre” or “category” would you classify your music? What are your feelings on “genres” and “classifications” of music? AcoustoElectric. The reason we call it acousto-electric is because I play the acoustic guitar only in the show. I don’t want to play the electric guitar. There’s just something about it. It’s about the tunity of the acoustic guitar, but that doesn’t mean that our songs are going to be whimpy. You can still rock out on the acoustic guitar pretty heavily. The electro-part is for the new type of sound that we’re working toward. What are your feelings on radio? Is radio a goal for your band? Why? Not really. Obviously, you want to have some sense of accessibility so that you can reach people. But that’s not necessarily saying that we want to go out and write a pop song, or write a rock song. But you want to have that accessibility to those people who listen to rock songs, or listen to pop songs. But no, it doesn’t really matter to me. As long as the music sounds good. I think that we’re actually on XM, which is great. Radio play? To some degree, but I’d like to think of what Ben Harper does. You very rarely hear a Ben Harper song on the radio, unless it’s “Steal My Kisses from You.” But even then, it’s few and far between, but that’s not to say he’s not selling out every show that he bills. What covers does your band enjoy playing? We do “Waco” by Arcade Fire. And we do “Uprising” by Muse. And we’re trying to learn some Ghostland Observatory because we’ve been listening to a lot them. They’re incredible. What are your feelings on Facebook? Why? It’s huge. When it first came out, everybody was like, “you have to get on Facebook?” And I was like, “fuck Facebook.” But, absolutely. It’s hats off. It has completely changed the way people have heard about us, and completely changed the way we were able to communicate with fans and let them know what was going on with us. Have to give a nod to that, and our website. Milledgeville is a small town. Do you or your band prepare or expect anything different when playing a small town? With Milledgeville, it’s not really fair for us to say it’s a small town because we have a pretty good following down there, so as opposed to playing Florence, South Carolina. That is a small town show for a small town crowd. But, to come down and do Milledgeville is always incredible. To come back as the old guys from years ago, and we come in there, and now we’re 30, and most of the kids would have no idea that we ever came down there. And they’re going to come to the show and keep coming back to the shows. Outtakes: Our new album should be in the can by December. Coming out in the New Year. We’re going to try to do a CD release in Atlanta. A CD release in Miami. Hopefully get back up to Brooklyn and do a CD release there too. We have three new songs that we’re not going to play live until the album comes out. I think one song that we’re really keeping on the back burner, we’re going to play for the first time at Deep Roots.
Jon Scott Band Your name and role in the band: Lead singer How many shows per year is your band playing? Right now we’re doing 75 to 100 Who are you listening to lately? Joss Stone and Gavin DeGraw mostly. Who is an unlikely influence in your music? Why? KINGS X! What a great rock band. They are original and have really heavy arrangements layered with three-part harmony. Love it. What “genre” or “category” would you classify your music? What are your feelings on “genres” and “classifications” of music? I call it southern soul. I think the lines should be more blurred when it comes to genres. I don’t like being pigeon-holed.
Delta Spirit Your name and role in the band: Matthew Vasquez — Lead Singer/Guitar How many shows per year is your band playing? We’re always trying to out do ourselves. Last year we played 290 in a year. We really want do 300. We all love touring, its what our band does best. Who are you listening to lately? It’s funny you should ask! My buddies from the band Momma Rosin just sent me an Amede Ardoin compilation. “He’s the Robert Johnson of Creole!” He’s a mind blower. I’ve also been digging The Walkmen and Buddy Holly. Who is an unlikely influence in your music? Why? Like many folks my age, 27, I started playing music because of Nirvana, Alice and Chains, White Zombie, etc. I still love that music. And every time I go back to it I learn something new about song writing. I also have to say Bill Monroe. He’s a crazy picker on the mandolin.
Old Capital Car Show
What are your feelings on radio? Is radio a goal for your band? Why? I love radio! We have a song on radio now and we’re working on getting it all over the nation and around the world. The single is titled “Call Me Crazy.” What are your feelings on Facebook? Why? I really enjoy Facebook and believe it is an excellent way to both network and keep up with friends and family. Milledgeville is a small town. Do you or your band prepare or expect anything different when playing a small town? Often small town put on the best gatherings. Small town folk seem to be more sincere. This will be your second year performing at DRF, how does that feel? Is this time different and why? This time is different because I’ll be getting the chance to do my thing all the way. Last time I was in the Milledgeville Idol Showcase. Outtakes: I would like to shout to my friends at Z97 and Country 102.3. Thank you guys for playing our song.
What “genre” or “category” would you classify your music? Sludge Pop, or Loud Song Music What are your feelings on “genres” and “classifications” of music? They really make me sick, unless it fits. I understand the need for record business people to put things into categories, but it can really hinder a first experience of a band. I’d be happy with rock, rap and pop like Best Buy used to have. It all falls into that. Not a single one of these bands these days as made a new genre, not even Radiohead. The Beatles beat everyone to it.
What are your feeling on radio? Is radio a goal for your band? Why? We like the radio, and we listen to radio. I love a good DJ. Its too classic and I hope it never dies. What are your feelings on Facebook? Why? I’ve been stalked by a few people and I’ve finally given up. It’s good for the band to keep people up to date, but I just can’t be a part of that system. Milledgeville is a small town. Do you or your band prepare or expect anything different when playing a small town? Small towns are always a blast. I relate to the dynamic. It’s how I came up. People are more prone to drink, tip well, and be a bit more genuine. Outtakes: We’re touring in March 2011 with Deer Tick and Dawes. I’m excited about that. (The project/tour) Is now called Middle Brother. I don’t really know what it means it’s just something a few friends and I did.
The Old Capital Car Club will proudly present the 25th Annual Open Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, featuring more than 100 cars Saturday, Oct. 23, during the Deep Roots Festival. Awards include: Top 50, Best of the Best, Best Car, Best Truck, Best Engine, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Hot-Rod, and Best Pre-War Vehicle. Dash plaques given to the first 100 people to enter. For more information contact John Griffin at 478-453-0295 or email email@example.com. Visit www.oldcapitalcarclub.org for details.
Music SchedulE 1:15 PM Milledgeville Idol Showcase 2:15 PM Saint Francis 3:30 PM The Jon Scott Band 4:40 PM Tommy Crain and The Crosstown Allstars 7:15 PM The Dirty GUV’Nahs 8:45 PM Stokeswood 10:00 PM Delta Spirit
Peeler, Idol winners to take Mainstage at festival By SAMANTHA SEVERIN Fresh on the heels of another successful installment of Milledgeville Idol, local winners will take to the stage later this month to perform at the annual Deep Roots festival. The third annual event was held back in August, and like always, the turnout was successful. “It’s the only show in Milledgeville that sells out 1,000 seats. It brings the community together regardless of age, gender, or race,” said Phillip Joiner, co-producer of the show. John Peeler was 2010’s Milledgeville Idol winner, so it’s no surprise that he’s been singing since fourth grade. Though he was in the school chorus for most of his childhood, he didn’t sing his first solo until he was 14. When he was younger, Peeler suffered intense stage fright, and he would get nauseous before performing in front of a crowd. All that has changed now, and Peeler knows no fear when it comes to performing for a large audience. He’s continued to sing throughout his life, but he thought that he might be too old to pursue a career in singing. When he saw Susan Boyle, the 49-year-old singing sen-
sation who achieved international fame after her performance on a reality show. This was not Peeler’s first time participating in Milledgeville Idol. His wife found out about the contest last year, and he decided to enter. Many in the community may have been surprised when he didn’t even place in the 2009 contest, but Peeler knew he had to give it another chance, and he surely did not regret it. Since he was named this year’s Milledgeville Idol, he has been showered with opportunities that he never expected. Bands out of Macon and Atlanta have asked Peeler to sing with them, and he was also contacted by a Europebased production company. In spite of all the big-time opportunities that Idol has brought around, Peeler is still staying true to his gospel roots by singing at a local church twice a month. John Peeler and the runner-ups from Milledgeville Idol will be part of The Bellamy/Louie Herron Music Mainstage at the Deep Roots Festival beginning at 1:15 p.m. He promises a great performance that will definitely be worth watching.
Milledgeville Idol 2010 Winner, Jon Peeler, as he performs in this years competition Photo by Danielle Fields
People’s Choice Barbeque
Championship National BBQ competitors vying for cash and ‘People’s Choice’ title By SARAH BETH ARIEMMA Organizers for the annual Deep Roots Festival barbeque event are on fire in preparation of this year’s competition. The Deep Roots Festival 2010 BBQ Sneak Peak is set for Thursday, Oct. 21, giving local barbecue enthusiasts a chance for a taste of the competitor’s offerings. The Sneak Peek began as a way to get Deep Roots fans and locals desired more of the barbeque being smoked for the competition on Saturday. With all of the teams arriving in Milledgeville on Thursday to prepare for the big cook-off on Saturday, the interest in tasting the barbeque piqued. “People always wanted a chance to eat the barbeque before the big unveiling. We also wanted some type of a kick-off event to start the festival,” Holder said. The Sneak Peek will take place Oct. 21. Two seatings will be available at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. The cost is $15 per person, and the price includes half a rack of ribs, two side dishes and a commemorative tee shirt. This is the fourth year of the sneak peek and the second year that the competition has paired with the Milledgeville Kiwanis. The ribs will be from three different teams, two of which have placed in the top 10 nationally. Boggy Pond Barbeque Brigade and the Smoke Shack placed in the top 10 nationally, while Southeastern Smokers is a previous 1st place champion in the Deep Roots competition. All three barbeque teams have “walked the stage in Memphis” at the Memphis In May tournament. BBQ connoisseurs from all over the southeast will take part in Saturday’s competition, and on Thursday, everyone will get a sampling of what this year’s lineup has to offer. Smoke Shack BBQ team has been ranked as 10th in the Nation and was the Grand Champion at the Deep Roots Festival in 2008. The second team, Boggy Pond BBQ Brigade, was the 2009 Grand Champion at the Fly South Fest and 2005 Grand Champ at the Deep Roots Festival. The last team that will be offering a ‘sneak peak’ is the Southeastern Smokers who had the 1st place shoulder at the Deep Roots Festival in 2008. Each plate will include two sides and a drink. The Sneak Peek will take place on North Jefferson Street in the City Hall parking lot. To-go orders are welcome. This is a fundraiser for the Civic Club, and tickets can be purchased from Kiwanis members or at the Mainstreet Office. “There are only 400 tickets available so get your tickets early,” Holder said, “Even if you don’t make the Sneak Peek, you do have one more opportunity to try the barbeque. People’s Choice on Saturday offers portions of pulled pork from five different teams. For $5, you can taste the pork and vote on your favorite.”
the skinny The Deep Roots BBQ Competition, a Memphis BBQ Network sanctioned cook-off, features some of the world's best BBQ teams, all vying for more than $13,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded at this year’s contest and the The ‘Ville People’s Choice BBQ Championship title. At this year’s Sneek Peak, taste four samples of pulled pork from the more than 17 Championship BBQ Teams and cast your vote! People's Choice starts promptly at 11:30 a.m., Tickets are not sold in advance. For more information call Milledgeville Mainstreet at (478) 414-4014.
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Community Stage Event Schedule 10:30 – Bruce Sarafian American Juggler 11:00 – The Bucket Drummer 11:30 – The Puppet People 12:30 – Bruce Sarafian American Juggler 1:00 – Oconee River Buskers (square dancers) 1:30 – The Bucket Drummer 2:00 – Southern Sassafras Cloggers 2:30 - Elite Gymnastics 3:00 – Bruce Sarafian American Juggler 3:30 – The Puppet People 4:30 – The Bucket Drummer 5:00 – Bruce Sarafian American Juggler Also, there will be street dances and flash mobs performed throughout the day by Elite Gymnastics, GCSU Theatre Dept and GCSU Salsa Club.
Mystical, magical — Dixie Haygood comes to life on the local stage Harringtons present an evening with Dixie Haygood to benefit Old Capital Museum By VALERIE NIBLETT One of Milledgeville’s many mysteries lies quietly in Memory Hill Cemetery under an unassuming concrete and granite marker. Dixie Annie Jarratt Haygood, world traveler and renowned performer known as “The Little Georgia Magnet,” rests beneath an ancient cedar tree in cool shade. Her life was filled with personal tragedy and home grown mystical magic that enthralled audiences across the globe in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Milledgeville writers/historians Susan and Hugh Harrington recently coauthored the book “Annie Abbott: ‘The Little Georgia Magnet’ and the True Story of Dixie Haygood” depicting Haygood’s complex and interesting life both on and off the vaudeville stage. The Harringtons were fortunate to come in contact with a handful of Haygood’s descendants who allowed them access to her papers, autograph book and diaries. In doing so, they were able to delve into the true existence of this incredible woman and pull together the intimate pieces and details of her life. Haygood adopted the stage name Annie Abbott and perfected The Annie Abbott Act. She stood out among the crowd as “The Little Georgia Magnet” because of her ability to stick to the ground despite her 96 pounds and several strong men attempting to lift her. She was said to be able to hold a pool cue upright with a light touch as men attempted to force it to the ground. Other recounts of her fame include the ability to lift a man from the floor with a mere touch of her hands. She claimed to have had these incredible abilities from a young age and never referred to them as “tricks.” She easily captured the attention of the world, its European royalty and even the famous magician Harry Houdini. In honor of Dixie and to celebrate her awe-inspiring life, The Old Capital Historical Society presents for the first time in nearly a century “An Evening with Dixie Haygood” performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Goldstein Center of the Performing Art on the Georgia Military College campus. Susan Harrington will portray Haygood and a portion of her stage show as well as present snippets of her life. “The event began as a book signing and talk,” said Harrington. In preparation for the discussion, a dif-
“The performance will be historically accurate & performed as if Annie Abbott herself is on stage,”
ferent idea struck the couple and Dixie Haygood began to come alive. Again. Portrayed in the first person as Dixie herself, Harrington will display exhibitions of strength against three burly GMC football players as well as other fetes particular to Haygood’s famed stage performance. “The performance will be historically accurate and performed as if Annie Abbott herself is on stage,” added Harrington. This spectacular evening will be filled with the magical mystery that surrounds Dixie Haygood as the woman she was and Annie Abbott as the mystical being she portrayed on stage. A donation to Georgia’s Old Capital Museum will be accepted as admission to the event. The Harringtons will sign copies of their book “Annie Abbott: ‘The Little Georgia Magnet’ and the True Story of Dixie Haygood,” which will be available for purchase following the performance. This is a must-see event!
September - October 2010
A&E Calendar WEEKLY
Bluegrass Jams PJ’s Steakhouse 3050 Highway 441 N. 7 to 9 p.m. Every Tuesday (478) 453-0060
The Brick 136 W. Hancock St. Mark the Magic Man 6 p.m. Every Friday (478) 452-0089
Hip Hop Nights Cowboy Bill’s Highway 441 N. 10 p.m. Every Tuesday (478) 453-3283 Trivia Night Mellow Mushroom 2588 N. Columbia St. 8 p.m. Every Tuesday (478) 457-0144 Jazz Night Amici Italian Café 101 W. Hancock St. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Every Tuesday Hookah Metropolis Café 138 N. Wayne St. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Every Thursday (478) 452-0247 Live Music Asian Bistro & Grill 124 W. Hancock St. 11 p.m. Every Thursday Live Music Mellow Mushroom 2588 N. Columbia St. 8 p.m. Every Thursday (478) 457-0144
OCTOBER October 16 Live Music GCSU Choral Ensembles First Baptist Church, 330 S. Liberty St. 7:30 p.m. (478) 445-8289 October 16 Arts Landscape watercolor painting for adults Allied Arts Berry Smith, instructor $50 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Allen’s Market Building 101 W. McIntosh St. (478) 452-3950 October 16 Live Music Ronnie Pittman Cowboy Bills 2657 North Columbia Street Milledgeville (478) 453-3283 October 18 Live Music GCSU Orchestra fall concert Magnolia Ballroom 7:30 p.m. (478) 445-4789 October 18 Arts “The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia” Reading with author Mary Helen Stefaniak Andalusia main house dining room 7 to 8 p.m.
October 19 Farmer’s Market Pony rides with Mr. Horst Milledgeville Marketplace 222 E. Hancock St. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (478) 414-4413
October 25 Live Music Leroy Bynum, tenor, guest artist Max Noah Recital Hall 7:30 p.m. (478) 445-8289
October 21 Live Music GCSU Concert Band fall concert Russell Auditorium 7:30 p.m.
October 25-28 Entertainment Haunted Trolley Tours Milledgeville Convention & Visitors Bureau $15 adults, $10 children (12 & under) 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Downtown (478) 452-4687
October 21-23 Live Music Scott Little Band Cowboy Bills 2657 North Columbia Street Milledgeville (478) 453-3283 October 21 Exhibition “King Cotton: The Common Threat” Georgia’s Old Capital Museum 6 p.m. Reception follows (478) 453-1803 October 21 Food Deep Roots Festival BBQ Sneak Peek Downtown Milledgeville behind City Hall $15 (478) 414-4014 October 23 Arts Deep Roots Festival Downtown Milledgeville 10 a.m. gates open October 23 Entertainment GCSU Family Day 9 a.m. (478) 445-5169
October 28-30 Live Music Gary Ray & the Hartwells Cowboy Bills 2657 North Columbia Street Milledgeville, GA (478) 453-3283 October 26 Farmer’s Market Pumpkin decorating and demonstrations with John Sirmans Milledgeville Marketplace 222 E. Hancock St. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (478) 414-4413 October 26-30 Entertainment Oconee Area Fair Walter B. Williams Park $3 Advance $5 At the gate October 28 Arts “An Evening with Dixie Haygood” Susan Harrington, co-author of “The Little Georgia Magnet” Goldstein Center for the Performing Arts, GMC 7 p.m. (478) 453-1803
October 28 Arts Día de los Muertos Professor Roxanne Farrar, Comparative Aesthetics students 5 p.m. (478) 445-4572 October 29 Halloween Fun ‘n Frighting Milledgeville Main Street/DDA Trick or Treating 10 a.m. to noon Downtown (478) 445-1928 October 30 Plant Sale Lockerly Fall Plant Sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1534 Irwinton Road (478) 452-2112 October 30 Arts Lockerly Heritage Festival Lockerly Arboretum 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 adults, $2 children 6-12 1534 Irwinton Road (478) 452-2112 October 30 Entertainment/Fundraiser Howl in the Park Animal Rescue Foundation 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oconee River Greenway (478) 454-1273 NOVEMBER November 2 Arts Dia de los Muertos GCSU Department of Art Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery TBA (478) 445-4572
September - October 2010
November 3 Arts “Spiral Jetta” Erin Hogan, guest art historian lecture GCSU Department of Art 6 p.m. GCSU Arts & Sciences Auditorium (478) 445-4572 November 3 Arts “Does Size Matter? A Road Trip through the Land Art of the American West” Erin Hogan, guest art historian lecture GCSU Department of Art 6 to 7 p.m. Library Museum Education Room (478) 445-4572 November 3 Live Music Zach Deputy Amici 101 W. Hancock St. (478) 452-5003 November 4 Live Music GCSU Jazz Band fall concert Russell Auditorium $5 general admission, free to GCSU students 7:30 p.m. (478) 445-8290 November 6 Poetry Spoken Words Poetry Jam Asian Bistro 124 Hancock St. 10:30 p.m. (478) 234-0611
November 5-6 Entertainment John Milledge Academy Alumni Weekend JMA 197 Log Cabin Road 6 p.m. until Friday 10 a.m. until Saturday (478) 452-5570 ext. 21 November 9-21 Theater “Steel Magnolias” GCSU Theatre Department 8 p.m., 2 p.m. Sunday matinees Black Box Theatre/Campus Theatre building (478) 445-4226 November 10 Live Music Kevin Sharpe, guest pianist Max Noah Hall 7:30 p.m. (478) 445-8289 November 11-21 Theater “The Sanders Family Christmas” Milledgeville Players $15 general admission, $20 at the door TBA November 13 Live Music Big Daddy Love Amici 101 W. Hancock St. (478) 452-5003 November 13 Live Music Star-Spangled Sampler: Max Noah Singers First Presbyterian Church 210 S Wayne St 7:30 p.m. (478) 445-8289
November 16 Live Music Music Theatre Scenes Max Noah Hall 7:30 p.m. (478) 445-8289 November 18 Live Music GCSU faculty recital Stephen Fisher, saxophone Jacob Coleman, piano Max Noah Hall 7:30 p.m. (478) 445-8289 November 23 Fundraiser “Butts And Ham” Feed the Chamber Pig Fundraiser Milledgeville Baldwin Chamber of Commerce Smoked Boston Butts and Hams $25 Boston Butts 7-10 lb. $35 Hams 7-10 lb. 130 S Jefferson St SE (478) 453-9311 November 23 Arts Gingerbread House competition Georgia’s Old Capital Museum Call for details (478) 453-1803 November 26 Tree Lighting/Live Music Christmas Open House/Pilot Club Tree Lighting Downtown (478) 445-1928 November 27 Arts Chair bottoming workshop for adults Allied Arts 101 W. McIntosh St. (478) 452-3950
September - October 2010
November 29-December 3 Art Exhibition Zel Harris, Capstone Thesis Solo Exhibition GCSU Department of Art and GCSU 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday Artist’s Talk November 29, 12:30 p.m. Reception November 29, 5 to 7 p.m. Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery (478) 445-4572 November 30 Silent Auction Brown-Stetson-Sanford House 5 to 7 p.m. $25 601 W. Hancock St. (478) 453-1803 November 29-December 3 Art Exhibition Casie Pace, Capstone Thesis Solo Exhibition GCSU Department of Art and GCSU 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday Artist’s Talk November 29, 12:30 p.m. Reception November 29, 5 to 7 p.m. Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery (478) 445-4572 November 29-December 3 Art Exhibition Capstone Thesis Group Exhibition GCSU Department of Art and GCSU 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday Artist’s Talk November 29, 12:30 p.m. Reception November 29, 5 to 7 p.m. ArtFix Gallery, Wooten-Garner House (478) 445-4572
DECEMBER December 3 Arts Old Governor’s Mansion Christmas Tours Daily with Candlelight Tours December 11, 14, 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Old Governor’s Mansion S. Clark St. (478) 445-4545 December 3 Arts Annual Children’s Victorian Christmas Brown-Stetson-Sanford House 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 per person 601 W. Hancock St. (478) 453-1803
December 6-10 Art Exhibition Capstone Thesis Group Exhibition GCSU Department of Art and GCSU 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday Reception December 6, 5 to 7 p.m. ArtFix Gallery, WootenGarner House (478) 445-4572 December 9 Live Music Gurufish Amici 101 W. Hancock St. (478) 452-5003 December 10-12 Theatre/Dance “The Nutcracker” GCSU Theatre Department 7 p.m., 2 p.m. Sunday matinee Russell Auditorium
December 11 Live Music Stokeswood Amici 101 W. Hancock St. (478) 452-5003 ONGOING Through September 6 Blue Star Museum Program Old Governor’s Mansion S. Clark St. Free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families (478) 445-4545 Through September 10 Art Exhibit “Color in the Gaps: Madness, Pride and Brilliance” Milledgeville Central Care Community Homes and the Red Road Alliance 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday Panel presentation August 30, noon to 1 p.m. Reception August 30, 5 to 7 p.m. ArtFix Gallery, WootenGarner House (478) 445-4572 Through September 10 Art Exhibit “The Fantastical Colonization of the Planet Mars” GCSU Department of Art 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery (478) 445-4572 September 27-October 22 Photography Exhibit Craig Coleman GCSU Department of Art 9 a.m. to 5 p.m MondayFriday
Reception and Artist’s Talk September 30 5 to 7 p.m. Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery (478) 445-4572 Through December 15 Art Exhibit “Work from the Permanent Collection” GCSU Department of Art By appointment. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday Museum of Fine Arts (478) 445-4572 Through May 10 Art Exhibit 2010-2011 President’s Hall Student Exhibition GCSU Department of Art 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday Parks Hall, 3rd floor (478) 445-4572
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September - October 2010
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