The Sixth Annual Hemlockfest Music Festival will be held November 5-7 at Starbridge Retreat near Dahlonega, Ga. This year’s musical lineup promises to be one of the best yet, with an exciting variety of rock, blues, bluegrass, and mountain music acts.
Smokestack and the Foothill Fury will kick off the festival Friday as a one man blues band sidewalk style, then Veronika Jackson will grab souls with her unique blend of folk and blues, followed by gritty roadhouse rockin’ blues from Blue Mother Tupelo. Then the energetic bluegrass of the popular Packway Handle Band will be followed up by The Michelle Malone Banned performing its soulful blues/rock sound.
Saturday’s all-day lineup features bands with local, regional, and national followings. Local favorites Barry Bailey and the Family Honor will play during the day. The afternoon lineup is anchored by the Vespers, a band out of Nashville that is rapidly building a strong reputation for compelling folk rock music, and Emerald Rose, a Dahlonega Celtic rock band with a national following. Saturday night will feature the blues sound of Donna Hopkins, fresh bluegrass talent from the Children of the Hemlock, the eclectic roots-based music from St. Francis, and the perennial festival favorite Col. Bruce Hampton and the Quark Alliance, with their irresistible jam-rock show. After the sun goes down Unifire dancers promise to mesmerize the audience with their unique fire-dancing.
Sunday’s lineup will feature old-time roots music from The Buzzard Mountain Boys, Curley Maple (with David and Noel Blackmon), and the Mosier Brothers (with Rev. Jeff Mosier).
Hemlockfest is a musical benefit awareness and fund raiser held each year by the Lumpkin Coalition to help support efforts to combat the woolly adelgid parasites which are killing the native hemlock trees of the Blueridge Mountains and all up the east coast.
About us: The Lumpkin Coalition is a 100% volunteer non-profit 501c3 charitable organization established in 2005 and dedicated to preservation of a clean and healthy environment, responsible living, and responsible growth. It is based in Lumpkin County, Georgia with membership throughout the Southeast.