Local & Regional Musicians Perform to Save Endangered Trees

7 Oct

The Fifth Annual Hemlockfest Music Festival will be held November 6-8 at
Starbridge Retreat near Dahlonega, Ga. Popular musical acts from around the region will entertain at this year’s benefit held to combat parasites which are killing the native hemlock trees of the Blueridge Mountains.

This year’s Hemlockfest promises to be a treat for music fans around the North Georgia region. Twenty bands from Georgia, North Carolina, and as far away as West Virginia will be performing over the course of three days at the beautiful Starbridge Retreat just east of Dahlonega, Georgia.

Friday night’s entertainment features 6 area bands, with Atlanta’s Soulhound, Mudcat, and the Dot Line Projekt highlighting the lineup.

Saturday’s all day music lineup will include bluegrass, blues, rock and funk from 9 bands including West Virginia’s David Lafleur, performing roots music on a variety of traditional instruments, and local folk and bluegrass acts The Family Honor and Gold Rush. Headlining the diverse lineup on Saturday night this year are Col. Bruce Hampton and the Quark Alliance, who will bring their unique blend of rock, rhythm and blues, and jazz to the stage. “As a GA band we’re proud to be a part of this each year in as beautiful setting as anywhere in Georgia,” Col. Bruce says. Audience members will be mesmerized by the unique fire dancing of Unifire Dance Theater, a perennial festival favorite.

Sunday will feature Athens group The Solstice Sisters as well as Dahlonega’s own Celtic folk/rock band Emerald Rose as part of a varied morning to afternoon lineup.

Hemlockfest is a family-friendly three-day musical celebration held on a scenic 50-acre private resort in the foothills of the Appalachians. Visitors can come for a day, or camp out for the weekend, and enjoy unique food and beverages, demonstrations of traditional handicrafts and skills, and dozens of booths containing art and interesting merchandise from Georgia and all over the world as well as opportunities all weekend to learn more about the natural world of the Blueridge Mountains.

All proceeds from the event are used to help save the hemlock trees of the Southern Appalachian Mountains from the woolly adelgid parasite, which is rapidly infesting the region. Anyone interested learning more can visit the website of the Lumpkin Coalition, which organizes the festival, at http://www.lumpkincoalition.org/HemlockFest.htm. See the festival website for more information.

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