Archive for April, 2013

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AllRoads head’s super-packed weekend

April 18, 2013
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Ablawa Alphonsine Reine is a vocalist for Miwase, who will be performing Saturday at AllRoads Music Festival as well as the Berry College World Music & Dance Festival.

Spring is definitely here and there’s so much to do it’s getting ridiculous, but I like it. Of course, there’s the AllRoads Music Festival that is obviously the highlight for a local music fan, but there’s more.

Berry College is hosting it’s 8th Annual World Music & Dance Festival which is always a treat. It’s loaded with a variety of sights and sounds and is a great way to spend to afternoon. If you can manage to squeeze in some of both festivals I bet it would be worth your while.

There also opportunities to catch Footloose the Musical, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, tons of other bands, and much more. Have fun, Rome.

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AllRoads Music Festival this Saturday!!

April 15, 2013

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Sakes alive! It’s finally time for the second annual AllRoads Music Festival.¬†It’s this Saturday at Heritage Park. If you attended last year’s inaugural event then you already know that this is one of Rome’s most shining accomplishments when it comes to supporting the local music scene. The Rome Area Council for the Arts has done incredible work for the community since I’ve been paying attention, but this event is my fave.

Considering that it’s almost twelve hours of live music, last year’s entry price was a great deal. This year it’s even better. With 26 bands on tap (see the lineup here) the $10 advance entry fee is ridiculously affordable (around 38 cents a band). Tickets are $15 at the gate so I recommend the advance tickets. It’s still a great deal either way. Ticket info is available on the RACA website.

Does twelve hours seem like a long time to be somewhere? The sets aren’t too long, the artists are very diverse, and there is little to no down time between¬†sets, so the chance of any boredom setting in is slim to none. Plus, once you enter you don’t have to stay. You can come and go as you please all day long, with easy access to all of downtown Rome’s shops and eateries. And there will be food venders onsite so you don’t have to leave at all if you don’t want. Being able to eat from the La Scala tent is worth the entry fee alone.

I could go on all day about the band lineup. Many of the bands performing are among my favorites and chances are you’ve heard them on the Northwest Georgia Music Hour. Some of the bands I’ve yet to hear which makes me even more excited about it.

So basically, you’ve got a full day of great live music at a beautiful location*, with cold drinks and good food, it’s priced right for sure, AND, you’re also helping support the Rome Area Council for the Arts who in turn abundantly support the local arts scene. It’s a win/win all around.

*Heritage Park is where the Etowah and Oostanaula rivers converge to form the mighty Coosa