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Music, food, and beer coming to town
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Music Fest

Tunes and beer will flow when the third annual Dawsonville Music and Beer Festival comes to town.

Slated for Aug. 21-22, the festival will be held behind Dawsonville's city hall. Music will be provided by several local country and rock artists. There will be numerous craft and food vendors for attendees looking for unique items. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and Zac Brown's Camp Southern Ground.

"Camp Southern Ground is close to our hearts," Event Coordinator Jennifer Hyder said. "It's personal for us." Hyder and her husband, Donovan, started the event and continue to coordinate it.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the first performance will be at 6 p.m. as All Night Wrong takes the stage.

"They are a group of young talented musicians, who play various old school rock songs," Hyder said. "Their range stretches from Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Hendrix to Rush."

Next up will be Reluctant Saints, the 2012 Georgia Music Awards nominee for Best County Band, as well as 2011 and 2012 nominee for Georgia Country's Best Band. According to its facebook page, the band is described as a combination of "hooky music, three and four-part vocal harmony, dual lead guitars and fine musicianship." Hooky music is a short passage or phrase used in a song to make more appealing to an audience.

Friday night's final performance will be Back N Black, an AD/DC tribute band that was founded in 2007.

Saturday will be a full day of entertainment, starting at noon. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Johnny Awesome leads off, followed by the rock/funk sound of KRP (Kiss, Rub, Punch) and Southern Accent (Band) fill out the afternoon.

The evening's entertainment starts with Carrollton, Ga.'s Paris Luna at 6 p.m. followed by Luke Combs Music and Alex Hall. Originally from Asheville, N.C., Luke Combs, 25, has been performing as a vocalist since childhood, including a solo performance at Carnegie Hall, in N.Y. The singer/songwriter recently performed with the Eli Young Band in Athens, Ga. Gainesville's Alex Hall closes out the event. Hall describes his music as "country with a rockin' edge" and is influenced by Elvis Presley, Jason Aldean and Johnny Cash.

Advanced ticket prices range from $10 for one-day general admission to $30 for one-day VIP (entry to festival, VIP tent seating, Meet & Greet and two free drink tickets) and can be purchased online, dawsonvillemusicandbeerfestival.com. Tickets purchased at the event are an additional $5 each.

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