Entertainment & Demos

Bands & Schedule of Events

There will be plenty of great Live Music to keep you entertained And the live Cooking Stage is where you can pick up some tricks and techniques to try out at your next back yard BBQ!


4:30pm - 6:00pm

Carly Burruss Band

Atlanta-based singer/songwriter Carly Burruss is one of the new faces of traditional country music. Over the past two years, Carly performed "We Were Us" with Keith Urban on the Raise Em Up Tour, opened for Dwight Yoakam at Atlanta Symphony Hall, and played two music festivals alongside Florida-Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Jason Derulo, Flo Rida, Dustin Lynch, Frankie Ballard, and RaeLynn. Her self-titled debut EP is set to release this summer, and she's playing shows all across the Southeast. Drawing from personal experience and growing up in a small town, Carly's songs reflect the lives of those she grew up around. Paired with her wit, humor, and grit, her infectious melodies and memorable one-liners are reminiscent of her influences like Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and fellow new country artist Kacey Musgraves

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6:00pm - 6:30pm

Chef Tony Sharpe

Cooking demo! Pulled BBQ Salmon

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Radio Birds

To see and hear them now, you might never believe that a few short years ago Radio Birds had a completely different lineup, look, and sound. In early 2013, rising united from their earlier musical experiences, these four young men decided to take a risk and start completely over with a new name and sound. They quickly worked up a batch of new songs, and by that summer they had recorded a successful EP and had begun playing extensively, even winning the 2013 Masquerade Musicians Showcase in Atlanta, GA. Within a year of their rechristening, they were booked for The Rock Boat 2014 (and 15!), were featured in a major motion picture (Jason Momoa's Road to Paloma), played SXSW, and attracted the services of indie Atlanta label Brash Music. Things have moved quickly for a reason, and everyone involved points back to two causes: Radio Bird's irresistible character and undeniably unique sound.

That sound is simple: Plain-Old Rock and Roll Music with a distinctly hairy touch. Meaning, it is not clean, it is not easy, (or too difficult), and it is not The Next Logical Revival of a Previously Popular Genre From the Seventies. It is what you get when four guys all write music with the basic beliefs that it must be played live, and it must be played everywhere. Each of their songs is different from the others and is balanced by the web of harmonies that entangles the whole group. Everybody sings, and sometimes, you just can't help but sing along.

Radio Birds has taken their sound out to the world, and their dedicated touring and writing schedule proves one thing: Radio Birds wants you to hear them now more than ever. They are proud to announce an exciting new album, recorded at the world-famous Southern Tracks studio, featuring an impressively diverse set of songs and even additional instrumentation by Will Turpin (Collective Soul) and Mark O'Connor. Equipped with new songs, longer hair, and scruffier beards, they look forward to spending the next several months bringing this music to everyone who will listen.

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8:00pm - 8:30pm

Josh Reeves

Cooking demo! Bacon Jam

8:30pm - 10:00pm

The Beggars' Guild

The Beggars' Guild formed in 2005, when rootsy, song-driven, Americana rock and roll was not quite in fashion. Led by songwriter and frontman, T.J. Edmond, with a roster of seasoned pro players bringing the heat, (ex: Cheryl Crow, Sugarland, Chuck Berry, Billy Pilgrim) the band quickly gained respect for their tight live show and "...great rock tunes, well written, fun and hammered out with amazing musicianship". Drawing comparisons to Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Counting Crows, their honest approach had one reviewer saying, "What's so refreshing about these guys is that there's no gimmickry, discernible pretense or submission to the latest trends." [just] "straight-up, toe-tapping, head-nodding, made-for-radio rock and roll". They quickly landed radio play in Atlanta and NYC, a slot at Bonnaroo, and opening gigs for Zac Brown Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Drivin' 'n' Cryin', and Deirks Bentley. The Beggars' Guild seemed poised to be the breakout band that could cross over genres to unite fans of rock, country, pop and americana when they disbanded shortly after the release of their 2009 album, "It Only Gets Better From Here", leaving fans wanting more.


12:15pm - 1:15pm

Davin McCoy

1:15pm - 1:45pm

Cooking Demo


1:45pm - 2:45pm

The Tin Man

It doesn't take much listening to hear the brains and heart of The Tin Man. Each song is a step down the yellow brick road soaked with pain, yearning, regret, but most of all hope. In his quest for a new heart, The Tin Man tells us stories of heartache and redemption beautifully wrapped in a raw, organic soundscape that feels almost primal at times.

"I was the weird kid growing up who couldn't get a date and would make mixtapes with Paula Abdul, R.E.M., Boyz II Men, and The Beach Boys back-to-back. I've always been drawn to grooves and melodies I can't shake off. Even now you'll find Calvin Harris playing after The Avett Brothers on my playlist." Though identifying with the alt-folk movement, this eclectic mix of influences is what makes The Tin Man's songs stand out and latch onto your ear in a way you can't shake off. You can't miss him visually either, dawning a boller hat and a small, acoustic parlor guitar, which he plays backwards like Paul McCartney.

"I want the audience to become absorbed in the story we tell on stage. From the clothes, to the setlist, to the mallets my drummer is using, nothing is accidental. We are intentionally building an emotional journey meant to get everyone dancing, laughing, crying, and ultimately singing along."

In early 2015, The Tin Man will be teaming up with Grammy-nominated producer Billy Hume to record his debut EP. "Billy is one of those rare souls who doesn't just slap his signature onto your music. He listens. And listens. And listens. Until he knows you as a human as much as he does an artist. That's why everything I've heard him put out is dripping with authenticity." That might make Billy the Wizard - he does in fact look like one.

In a cast where the Cowardly Lion is played by Mumford & Sons' "Little Lion Man" and the Scarecrow is played by Beck's track with the same title, The Tin Man locks arms naturally with them as they head toward Oz, or a city near you.

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2:45pm - 3:15pm

Chef Tony Sharpe

Braised Short Ribs with BBQ Sauce

3:15pm - 4:15pm

The Georgia Flood

"Growing up in Georgia, you're gonna be influenced by roots music," says Brooks Mason, lead guitarist of The Georgia Flood. "It's just in your blood… and we're thankful for that." Though they cut their teeth playing rock and blues, talented brothers Brooks Mason and Lane Kelly can handle any genre that comes their way. "We just feed off the crowd," says bassist Kelly. "If they're grooving on something, we feel it and give 'em more. The music's for them so why should we just play just what we like?"

The Georgia Flood is a family tradition going on 13 years now. "Brooks would play guitar and I'd play drums back when we were just 7 and 10," says Lane. "We were the family entertainment at every reunion and birthday party." But these brothers have moved from living room to large stages over the past seven years. Starting with the blues, they cut their teeth in the smoky clubs and biker bars refining their technique. From those early blues beginnings, you can hear the influence of artists like Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks, The White Stripes, and even John Mayer in their set lists. Their songwriting style and straight-ahead rock mentality has allowed them to stretch as musicians and find many ways to connect with audiences.

Brooks and Lane grew up together in McDonough, Georgia but The Georgia Flood calls Atlanta their home now. They have traveled the southeast playing everywhere from the Hard Rock Café to Beale Street's Coyote Ugly to Atlanta's famous Blind Willie's. "We're hitting our stride as a band now and it's a lot of fun. We're getting bigger and bigger gigs and opening for some well-known artists," Brooks says. In early 2014, they teamed up with self-taught percussionist Rich Simmons, who is influenced by the soul of blues and passion of rock and roll. Who creates a full and dynamic foundation for The Georgia Flood.

In 2015, The Georgia Flood will go back into the studio to capture the sonic songs they're currently working on to give fans of 2012's self-titled The Georgia Flood and 2013's EP Play It Loud more music to add to their collections. Along with recording, their touring schedule will take them all around the Southeast to play venues large and small.

And The Georgia Flood sound? Well, they're definitely guitar-driven but beyond that… "We just love music," says Lane. "Our influences are everything from Cream to the Black Keys to Lynyrd Skynyrd to Weezer to B.B. King and beyond." One thing you can be sure of, these talented brothers know how to put on a high-energy show that is like no other.

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4:15pm - 4:45pm

Cooking Demo


4:45pm - 5:45pm

King Solomon Hicks

SOLOMON HICKS HAS BEEN CALLED 'LIL' B.B. KING, EAST MONTGOMERY, AND KING SOLOMON BY HIS FANS FROM NYC, NATIONALLY AND NOW INTERNATIONALLY.He is the real deal…the next best thing out of New York City. Solomon has been in the biz since age 13 as the lead guitarist and performer at the Cotton Club, with a 13-piece band. He recorded his first CD, Embryonic, at age 14 with the Cotton Club All-Star Band.

Solomon is also at B.B. King's, Minton's Playhouse, Terra Blues (in the Village), The Garage, Red Rooster, Shanghai Jazz (in New Jersey), Jazzmobile (Jazz Shrines), Settepani, Iridium, Gran Piatro (Jazz on the 5th), Ginny's Supper Club, Harlem Arts Alliance events and many other clubs in the Tri-State Area.

From October 30 – November 3, 2015, Solomon is opening for the band KISS on the KISS Kruise V from Miami to Jamaica. He has 2 CDs and is touring Europe and performing at national festivals. His latest CD Carrying on the Torch of the Blues has many original songs written, arranged and composed by Solomon. This includes a big band/swing anthem for the Cotton Club, "Jukin' at the Cotton Club".

Solomon is a jazz and blues guitarist, singer, and composer. An eclectic musician, Solomon excels at a number of styles ranging from jazz, blues, classical, gospel, R&B, funk and classic rock. He studied jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban guitar at Harlem's School of the Arts, Boys Conservatory, Brooklyn Music Academy, Opus 118 Jazzmobile and Barry Harris' Bebop workshops.

Several newspapers and magazines have written about Solomon's extraordinary talents, including The Washington Post, New York Daily News, The New York Times, Amsterdam News, Montana's Bigfork Eagle, Hartford, Conn., and the New Jersey Jazz Society News. His story also received coverage on the PBS and CUNY TV series American Music, ABC, multiple public access programs, and radio stations like WBGO 88.3 Jazz and WHCR 90.3.

Several newspapers and magazines have written about Solomon's extraordinary talents, including The Washington Post, New York Daily News, The New York Times, Amsterdam News, Montana's Bigfork Eagle, Hartford, Conn., and the New Jersey Jazz Society News. His story also received coverage on the PBS and CUNY TV series American Music, ABC, multiple public access programs, and radio stations like WBGO 88.3 Jazz and WHCR 90.3.

Solomon teaches music theory, beginner guitar, and advanced guitar. He has taught music to children at the Children's Aid Society.

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5:45pm - 6:30pm


6:30pm - 8:00pm

Smokin Novas

Smokin' Novas debut album masterfully fuses together the world of Americana, Folk and classic southern rock n' roll, a unique and engaging hybrid of styles that sounds nostalgic and new all at once. "The entire album is rich, full and lush. One that fully activates the senses…" Target Audience Magazine.

The band consists of Andrew Hyra, Brian Bristow and Don McCollister, all veterans of the Atlanta music scene. Prior to forming Smokin' Novas, Hyra, with Kristian Bush of Sugarland, comprised Atlantic Records recording artist Billy Pilgrim. The duo enjoyed both national and international acclaim and received a four star review in Rolling Stone for their debut album. Bristow was a founding member of regional favorites The Tastemakers and most recently Athens, GA based The Highlanders, which released an all-star laden album in 2010. McCollister is a two-time Grammy® winning producer/engineer who has worked with a roster of artists including Third Day, Sister Hazel and Shawn Mullins to name a few.

All veterans of the stage, their incendiary live performances showcase their unique chemistry and are not to be missed. They are frequently joined by Athens legend and multi-instrumentalist John Keane (REM, Indigo Girls, Widespread Panic). The band is currently recording their follow up to "Smokin' Novas" which is due out in 2016.

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