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Music on Your Mind
Catch Live Musical Performances that Harmonize the Coming of Spring in North Georgia’s Mountains

Image courtesy John C. Campbell Folk School

There are so many reasons to visit the Lake Chatuge region of North Georgia. The Hiawassee and Young Harris areas offer championship golf, amazing hiking trails to waterfalls and overlooks, horseback riding, fly fishing, water sports and tennis, as well as arts, crafts, antiquing, wineries, concerts, and festivals.
From an intimate bluegrass pickers’ show to (soon to be) sold-out performances by some of country music’s bests, you are in for a good time to be immersed in authentic music of the region. Plan your trip with music on your mind:

Fiddlers in the Round
From weekly contra dancing to their annual Fall Festival, the 98-year old John C. Campbell Folk School offers a diverse selection of events for students, visitors, and residents. Friday Night Concerts in Keith House feature some of the finest regional and national acts performing eclectic roots music. Donations are welcome and you can find standard seating, along with a family-focused social area in the Library and Lower Keith. Concerts are scheduled for most Fridays, but check the schedule online. 

Good Idea: Fiddlers in the Round is Friday, Feb 7: 7:00-8:00 PM, featuring renowned musicians Joe Burdock, Sarah Adams, and Geraud Barralon
John C. Campbell Folk School
1 Folk School Rd, Brasstown, NC 28902
Mac Arnold & A Plate Full O' Blues
Friday, February 11, 2023
7:30-10:30 PM
Peacock Performing Arts Center
301 Church St., Hayesville, NC

Mac Arnold’s first band included James Brown on piano. Mac moved to Chicago and Muddy Waters hired him on the spot. He toured and recorded with the Muddy Waters Band and recorded LPs with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. Mac moved to Los Angeles and originally produced the dance and music TV show, Soul Train, with his friend Don Cornelius. He played bass on the Sanford & Son TV show when he wasn't playing bass for Otis Redding and B.B. King. Mac is an organic farmer and lives in Pelzer, South Carolina. He’s back with his own band and a "plate full" of CDs, building a new foundation in blues, soul, and funk. 

Theatre Young Harris: The Robber Bridegroom 
Thursday, February 23-25, 2023
7:00 PM
Young Harris College

This bluegrass musical fairytale is loaded with innuendo, mistaken identities, and wacky hijinks. Theatre Performance is one of several Fine Arts degrees offered at Young Harris, with performances for the community held throughout the year. 
Old Crow Medicine Show
Friday, February

 24, 20237:00-10:00 PM
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee
On their new album Paint This Town, Old Crow Medicine Show offers a riveting glimpse into American mythology and the wildly colorful characters who populate it. The Nashville-based roots band is a two-time GRAMMY® award-winning group whose triumphs include induction into the Grand Ole Opry. Old Crow’s freewheeling collision of Americana, old-time music, folk, and rock & roll inspire rapturous singing along.

Tanya Tucker
Friday, March 10, 2023
7:00-10:00 PM
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee

Edgy. Classic. Country. A defining voice of music and a modern-day legend, two-time 2020 GRAMMY® winner Tanya Tucker continues to inspire artists today. Born in Seminole, Texas, Tanya had her first country hit, the classic "Delta Dawn," at the age of 13 in 1972. Tanya is one of the most influential artists in country music, amassing 23 Top 40 albums and a stellar string of 56 Top 40 singles, 10 of which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard country charts. 

Winery Tunes
Hightower Creek Vineyards in Hiawassee presents Vino & Vibes: live music on Saturdays from 2:00-5:00 PM. More info.

Now that you have some late winter music on your mind, it’s time to make it official with overnight reservations. Book your stay in cabins and cottages, campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, and hotels and resorts. It’s all here – from rustic to richly rewarding.
Check out Lake Chatuge Chamber of Commerce for more events. See you in the Country Music Capital of Georgia!