The 13th Annual John Jarrard Songwriter Festival concert begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, on the front lawn of Brenau’s main Gainesville campus. Jim Collins, Jason Matthews, Max T. Barnes, Donnie Fritts and Dan Penn will share hit songs from every decade to celebrate the life of the late John Jarrard. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.johnjarrardfoundation.com. Tables of eight can be purchased by calling 770-710-9191.
A free songwriting seminar wakes up Saturday’s festivities with Brenau Executive in Residence Bruce Burch at Recess Recess Southern Gastro Pub, 118 Bradford St. NW in Gainesville, 10:30 a.m.
The concert supports a number of Jarrard’s favorite charities and in the past has benefitted Good News at Noon Clinics, Good News Shelter and Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County. The 2014 concert will add to this list as the show supports the “Think About It” program of the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation, which brings awareness and education about drug abuse. The festival will also benefit the Georgia Mountain Food Bank and Challenged Child & Friends.
Expect to hear hit songs Saturday night such as “Big Green Tractor,” written by Collins and sung by Jason Aldean, “One for the Money,” sung by Kris Kristofferson and written by Fritts, and Luke Bryan’s “Muckalee Creek Water,” written by Matthews.
The festival kicks off with a free concert at the downtown Gainesville square Friday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. featuring music by Blackhawk and the Tyler Hammond Band.