The hills of Dahlonega are alive with an eclectic mix of music, making the small mountain community a hidden nugget for music lovers.
Dahlonega’s music venues radiate a blend of community and intimacy that would rival any music mecca. From the Friday night free concerts at Hancock Park to the close confines of The Crimson Moon and beyond, Dahlonega exudes a soundtrack all its own from a variety of venues and musicians that any music aficionado would tap their toes to and enjoy.
Local musician Adam Kadmon is very active in the Dahlonega music community. Kadmon has been a regular host of many of the town’s open mic nights since 2012. He is also one of Dahlonega’s most unique musicians. Kadmon masterfully blends his personal stylings into covers and original songs with a goal to produce music that has many directions, but one focus: being able to blend in almost any style of modern music.
“The Dahlonega music scene is very Americana, folk, bluegrass driven at all times,” said Kadmon. “And, it’s always open at any point for experimentation.”
BlueBilly Grit, a self-described high energy bluegrass/Americana band, is one of those local bands that experiment with traditional musical styles, creating their own new sound which combines rockabilly, traditional bluegrass and Americana with bluesy undertones. BlueBilly Grit’s sound captivates local audiences whenever they perform.
The Kurt Thomas Band, headed by Dahlonega native Kurt Thomas, focus on the small town way of life. The self-proclaimed “small town country boy” has recorded four CDs and opened for some of the biggest names in country music, but his Dahlonega roots make performing locally one of his favorite things.
Not matter what your musical preference, the soundtrack of Dahlonega is sure to get your head bobbing, your toes tapping and your ears thanking you for all that sweet music.
story by Greg Finan Jr.