published Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Rising Fawn String Ensemble headlines Georgia festival

ELSEWHERE IN CALHOUN

The third annual BBQ, Boogie & Blues festival will be held tonight and Saturday in downtown Calhoun, Ga. The event features a barbecue competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Also included are live entertainment, a fashion runway show, Miss Strawberry Pageant, strawberry dessert competition, food, arts and crafts vendors, children's zone, Amazing Race contest and a benefit bicycle ride. Festival hours are 5-10 p.m. tonight and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Find out more at www.bbqboogieblues.com or call 706-625-3200.

A concert by Norman and Nancy Blake will highlight the eighth annual Georgia String Band Festival in Calhoun, Ga., this weekend.

The nationally renowned Americana roots musicians will appear with James Bryan as the Rising Fawn String Ensemble to kick off the festival in Ratner Theater inside Harris Arts Center, 212 S. Wall St., at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Known primarily as an acoustic guitar flatpicker, Norman Blake also sings and can play mandolin, six-string banjo, fiddle, Dobro and viola.

Nancy Blake is best known for her virtuoso command of the cello, but she also plays the mandola, mandolin and guitar.

James Bryan is considered by many to be the best traditional Southern fiddler playing today. He began playing fiddle at age 11 and won his first convention at age 12. In 2011, he received the Alabama Folk Heritage Award for lifetime achievement.

The weekend of music continues on Saturday, with the Gordon County Fiddlers Convention, featuring fiddle, banjo, string band, singing and buck-dancing competitions. Cash prizes totaling $1,900 will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category. Contestant registration starts at noon; music starts at 1 p.m.

Admission is $10, free for children 12 and younger.

Tickets to tonight's concert are $20. Seating is limited. To inquire about availability, call 706-602-2599 or email cgarts1@bellsouth.net. Visit www.harrisartscenter.com for more information.

about Lisa Denton...

Lisa Denton is deputy features editor and content editor of Current. She previously was a lifestyle, entertainment and region reporter/pod leader for The Chattanooga Times, which she joined in 1983. Lisa is from Sale Creek and holds an associate’s degree in journalism from Chattanooga State Community College. Contact Lisa at 423-757-6281 or ldenton@timesfreepress.com.

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