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The Blue Mile and beyond


June 30, 2017

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As the weekend draws near in the Boro, the event invitations start filling up my social media. There is no shortage of choices for live music in Statesboro. Looking back over the history of our fair city, there has been a steady stream of talented musicians touring the area performing and making names for themselves. I think if Blind Willie and Miss Emma Kelly were here today, they’d be pretty happy with the number of musicians we are still bringing forth.

 

As we wrap this series on the local live music scene, I am going to attempt to do the impossible. That is, I will be wrapping up with the remaining live music venues in town, and may I say, they are many! These venues are one of the many reasons that Statesboro was one of the finalists in the “America’s Best Communities” competition. With the development of “The Blue Mile” in full swing as a result, what better place to begin this final leg of our tour?

 

Anchoring the night life on the Blue Mile is Gnat’s Landing. Formerly Archibald’s, Gnat’s was purchased from the previous owners and rebranded, and has been making its mark in the area since 2016. Depending on the night, you may hear one of a number of regional bands playing everything from blues to swing to country. Up-and-coming Nashville songwriter Trea Landon makes regular appearances here as well.

 

Moving on down toward the bypass, one of Statesboro’s best known and most well loved restaurants and live music venues is the Millhouse Steakhouse. As a musician, this is a great place to play. The crowds are always solid and engaged, and there is a good-sized stage for performance. Early in the week you may find a duo or trio, but at least once during the weekend, you can find a hard-hitting band the likes of Blu Vudu or The Moss City Groove keeping the music going.

 

Just down the road, across the bypass, is Locos Grill & Pub. Aside from their great pub fare and fantastic drinks, if you’re looking for an intimate venue to hear acoustic music, Locos is a fantastic option. Recently, local artists have been rotating hosting duties for Jam Nights. Every Tuesday area musicians are invited to come together for an open jam where all are welcome to join in the music making. If you are looking to test your wings and give performing a try, swing by on Tuesday night and get a taste of Jam.

 

Our last stop this week is the most family-friendly live music venue around. Most of our local venues offer live music in the bar area, where kids may not be able to join the family. Your Pie, however, offers live acoustic music the whole family can enjoy. While it is not a constant staple, their Facebook page, Your Pie Statesboro, keeps followers up to date on the artists you can see on their stage. On special occasions, you may even catch legends like Michael Braz, retired GSU professor and pianist extraordinaire, sharing his craft.

 

With so many venues to choose from, there is plenty of music to be enjoyed regardless of your taste and preference. Statesboro is truly a beautiful community to be a part of if you appreciate the arts. Of course, helping to nurture musicians are several facilities where young and old alike can hone their skills through instruction, performance opportunities and more. Organizations such as the Averitt Center for the Arts, the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County and Georgia Southern University are wonderful resources for those hoping to perfect their craft. Local music stores Pladd Dot and Deloach’s offer private lessons, and there are a plethora of experienced, well trained independent music teachers in our area. All of these have built a wonderful community of musicians and performers who truly enjoy working and performing together and supporting one another.

 

Statesboro is truly an exquisite place to be a musician. Next month, we’ll start taking a look at some of the biggest names in music around to have come out of Statesboro beginning with Statesboro’s matriarch of music, Emma Thompson Kelly. 


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