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Rising Creek: Watering the soil


July 10, 2018

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In the past year, I’ve talked about some of the trailblazers of the music scene in our area, those folks who were living this life decades ago. (You know, way back when you only got paid $100 for a four-hour gig...oh...wait…) Anyway, never let it be said that the music scene in Southeast Georgia is dead. It is alive and well, and ground is ever more fertile for new life to spring up. There has been more and more conversation about how the community can encourage this growth, and the Averitt Center for the Arts, in conjunction with B. Harvey Music has stepped up to the plate to irrigate the soil with its Rising Creek Music Series. A few months ago, I let you all know it was coming, and we are rapidly approaching our submission deadline, so I wanted to share some more details about this event with you all, artists, music lovers and the community as a whole.

What started out as a conversation between myself and Jamie Grady, executive director of the Averitt Center, has come to life in a really cool event to help support and promote songwriters and bands in our area. We are inviting artists from all over the state to submit their electronic press kits for an opportunity to be one of the three acts that performs on Sept. 27 at the Emma Kelly Theater in downtown Statesboro. In addition to the support we want to offer songwriters, we understand that networking is critical to the art. Through meeting and sharing the stage with other songwriters and musicians, artists have the opportunity to collaborate, expand their fan base and find new ways to nourish their creativity. Remember, this is all about original music. While our performers may do a cover song or two, this show will be almost entirely original music.

We are just a few weeks away from our August 1 deadline for artist submissions, and we’ve already had entries from some of our hometown favorites, as well as some entries from Atlanta and Jacksonville. Once the submissions are in, we will have the challenging task of determining the three bands that will take the stage on Sept. 27. With all these entries, it’s going to be a difficult choice.

What are we looking for exactly? Aside from solid musicianship and great stage presence, we are looking for, as Mr. Grady says, something “out of the ordinary. Something different.”

That’s exactly what audiences in attendance can expect. We are expecting a great show, good music and something different than we’ve seen in our area before. With three acts performing their own music in their own genres in their own way, it is guaranteed to be a fantastic show that will likely sell out fast. Tickets are already on sale at the Averitt Center, and some seats are already reserved. This is an opportunity to look back three or five years from now and say, “I saw them before they were superstars.”

For ticket information, call the Averitt Center for the Arts at (912)212-2787 or go online at www.averittcenterforthearts.org.


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