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Ramblin' Rhodes: Little Roy and Lizzy kick off weeks of bluegrass, more

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The second annual bluegrass music festival hosted by Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long will take place Thursday-Saturday, May 1-3, at Elijah Clark State Park, 10 miles east of Lincolnton, Ga., on the Savannah River.

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage will perform twice on May 2 during the Little Roy and Lizzy bluegrass festival. Vincent will also perform that night with Gene Watson.  SPECIAL
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Rhonda Vincent & The Rage will perform twice on May 2 during the Little Roy and Lizzy bluegrass festival. Vincent will also perform that night with Gene Watson.

Grand Ole Opry stars Gene Watson, Jesse McReynolds and Rhonda Vincent are among the performers headlining the event.

Admission is $30 in advance through adamsbluegrass.com or by mail at: Adams Bluegrass LLC, P.O. Box 98, Dahlonega, GA 30533. Tickets at the gate are $35 for adults and $15 daily for ages 6-13.The performances are continuous from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

The Lewis Family bluegrass-gospel group of Lincolnton ended its annual Lewis Family Homecoming & Bluegrass Festival in 2009 after 22 years of hosting it the first weekend in May at Elijah Clark State Park.

It was started back last year by former Lewis Family group member Little Roy Lewis and his performing partner Lizzy Long who tour nation-wide as The Little Roy & Lizzy Show.

Performing this year are:

Thursday, May 1: Jeff & Sheri Easter, The James King Band, The Spinney Brothers, Remington Ryde, The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show

Friday, May 2: Gene Watson & The Farewell Party Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Clinton Gregory Bluegrass Band, The Spinney Brothers, The Punches Family

Saturday, May 3: Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, The Marksmen, The Stevens Family, Trinity River Band

Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long will perform with their band all three days. Visit littleroyandlizzy.com for details.

Most everyone performs twice each day except for Gene Watson who is doing one 90-minute show at 8 p.m. Friday, May 2. Rhonda Vincent will join him during his show as well as performing at 3 and 7:30 p.m. with her band The Rage.

EARTH DAY THIS WEEKEND: Head out to Phinizy Swamp on New Lock & Dam Road near Bush Field Airport for the free Earth Day celebration. Events on Saturday, April 26, will include Swamp Stomp 5K and 10K road races at 8 a.m.; and a Kids’ Swamp Stomp at 8:30 a.m. All other activities take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. including music by Eryn Eubanks and The Family Fold and also arts and crafts demonstrations and green-business vendors.

LOTS DOWN THE ROAD:

May 2: Country For A Cure, a benefit concert for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, begins at 7 p.m. at Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene St. The benefit will feature The Swon Brothers (from Season Four of The Voice), Daniel Johnson and the Mason Jars. Admission is $50 and includes beer, wine and food. Call Ryan McArdle at (706) 631-8897 or send e-mail to ryan@theindianqueen.com.

May 3: Annual Sacred Harp Singing: Augusta Old Line Primitive Baptist Church, 3646 Old Petersburg Road in Martinez, will offer an Introduction to Sacred Harp singing (shaped note) class from 9:30-10 a.m. with singing from 10 a.m.-noon, a covered-dish lunch at noon, and more singing from 1-3 p.m. It’s all free with everyone welcome. Questions, call Agnes Roberts, (706) 798-6410.

May 4: Gates open at 11 a.m. for the A Day in the Country Festival at Augusta Riverfront Marina (gate at Prep Phillips Drive off Sand Bar Ferry). The show begins at noon and features Colt Ford, Dustin Lynch, Frankie Ballard, Eric Lee Beddingfield, Carey Murdock, and WRDW’s Breaking News band with anchor Richard Rogers. Tickets are $19 advance and $25 the day of the show. Visit tixonline.com.

May 4: Big Kids Accordion Band will perform a free concert at 2:30 p.m. at Morris Museum of Art. The group of students and faculty of Mangelly Accordion-Dance School will be celebrating World Accordion Day.

May 8-10: Jeff & Sheri Easter Homecoming Festival at the Lewis Family Homeplace, 1935 Lewis Family Road, Lincolnton, Ga.; $20 daily with music beginning at 7 p.m. featuring May 8: Gaither Homecoming TV shows host Bill Gaither with Mark Lowry; May 9, The Hoppers, The Lewis Tradition; May 10, Ivan Parker, The Primitive Quartet; Jeff & Sheri Easter all three days; James Easter additionally at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 11. Visit jeffandsherieaster.com.

May 9-10: Aiken Bluegrass Festival has a new location at the Aiken Fairgrounds, 1566 Columbia Highway North. For May 9, tickets are $20 online, $25 at gate (gates open 1 p.m.), featuring Greensky Bluegrass, Town Mountain, Larry & Jenny Keel, and “Big Daddy” Steve McMurry. For admission May 10, pay $30 online or $35 at gate (gates open 11 a.m.), featuring Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Travelin’ McCourys, Town Mountain, Larry Keel plays Jerry Garcia, and Whitewater Ramble. Visit aikenbluegrassfestival.org.

May 10: 21st annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival, Stagecoach Road, off Interstate 20, 300 yards off Washington Highway, north of Thomson, Ga.; $30 advance and $40 day of show; gates open 11 a.m. and the show starts at noon featuring multiple Grammy-winners Los Lobos, Jaimoes Jassz Band (featuring Jaimoe Johanson, the original drummer of The Allman Brothers), Campbell Brothers, Sugar Ray and The Blue Tones, guitarist Tony Furtado, and St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Visit blindwillie.com for more.

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