The inaugural Toast of Toccoa will feature approximately 50 artisans from the Currahee Artists Guild and other regional arts organizations who will display their artwork in separate booths set up throughout the downtown area from 10 AM until 5 PM on Saturday, May 6th. Visitors will be able to talk one-on-one with the individual artist about their particular work and will be able to purchase selected works of art.
This event will also feature craft beer from Creature Comforts Brewing Company in Athens, GA, Three Taverns Brewery in Decatur, GA and Service Brewing Company from Savannah, Georgia as well as wine tastings from several well-known North Georgia vineyards, including Cartecay Vineyards, Currahee Vineyards, Tiger Mountain Vineyards, and Sweet Acre Farms Winery. Individual vineyard wine sales by the bottle will also be available at the vineyards' booths.
Selected local area restaurants will also have booths featuring their specialty food items for sale. There will be a large covered tent with tables and chairs at the intersection of Doyle and Sage Streets so that visitors will be able to enjoy any purchased food and drinks in a relaxed, informal environment. Near the dining tent will be an entertainment stage with seating so that visitors will be able to sit and listen to the two bands that are scheduled to perform.
The entertainment includes the Electric City Big Band featuring big band jazz at 12:30 PM and the increasingly popular Nitrograss bluegrass band at 2:30 PM.
About Electric City Big Band
Founded in Anderson, SC in 1982, the Electric City Big Band (ECBB) carries on the tradition of America’s great big bands for today’s audiences. Performing a unique blend of nostalgic, popular, and current tunes, the ECBB is known throughout the region for its soaring trumpets, sophisticated saxophones, and thunderous rhythm section. Join band leader Alan Nowell, and the boys for an afternoon that will leave you singing and dancing.
In a world void of any real superheroes, NITROGRASS sprung to life from the heart of the rural Appalachians like unsightly mutants emerging from a hazardous chemical spill, with one singular mission: to take the Bluegrass world by storm, and with deadly force.
Perhaps “deadly force” is a bit of an exaggeration… but they certainly wield a fierceness most acoustic groups lack today.
The percussive banjo of two-time national champion Charles Wood lays the foundation for the band’s unique style. Merging traditional Scruggs-style banjo with rhythmic motifs reminiscent of ZZ Top and the Allman Brothers, Charles’ playing is also melodic in its sensibility, evoking strong inflections of Brad Keith and Bela Fleck with pure, driving syncopation. Next is the lock-chop of Caleb Hanks’ mandolin, from which occasional melodic passages erupt with fire and sensitivity. Micah Hanks, Caleb’s older sibling of three years, offers an intuitive array of acoustic guitar parts that are both anticipatory and improvisational, with the two brothers layering their strong vocal harmonies over the mix in a sonic separation that could make a Kentucky moon rise on demand. Finally, the back-beat of Dakota “Smoky” Waddell’s bass lines pushes the music of this Southeastern powerhouse into a foray beyond the frontiers most acoustic musicians will dare travel.
NITROGRASS, both sonically unique and visually appealing in their performances, provides a carefree and exciting atmosphere of pure acoustic ear-fodder. After all, everybody needs a favorite band; NITROGRASS works hard to narrow the options for you.
There will also be a Classic Car Show featuring dozens of restored vintage automobiles parked along Doyle Street between Sage and Alexander Streets.
*Admission to the event is free. Tokens will be sold for craft beer and regional vineyard wine tasting purchase.*
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