February 26, 2013
The Statesboro Music Festival will return for its second year next Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10 at the Statesboro Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds. The three-day festival will welcome spring with over 20 different musical performances from across several genres, family activities for all ages and local vendors providing their best products. The festival seeks to offer a family friendly environment in which community involvement, cultural awareness and the local economy can grow together simply by sharing music with one another.
Perpetual Groove is set to headline this year’s festival in one of the band’s last scheduled performances before taking a hiatus. Other featured artists include Amy Taylor, Betsy Franck, Catherine Kimbro, Celia Gary, Connor Pledger, the Daniel Johnson Band, The Deadfields, Dr. Dan Matrazzo and The Looters, Epic Cycle, Evensong, Funk You, Gerald Smith, the Georgia Southern University Programming Board’s GSU Talent, Homegrown, Nathan Smith Jam, Next Level Ensemble, The Orange Constant, Sam Sniper and School of Rock.
This year, the event has planned to make several additions to the family and community activities offered throughout the weekend, which include a rock climbing wall, face painting, a classic car show, bouncy houses, pottery classes and more.
“We are excited to expand our focus of the arts by featuring extensive arts and crafts vendors and exhibitors,” said Ann Walsh, owner of Free Spirit Pottery & Glass and the arts and crafts director for the Statesboro Music Festival. “Art and music go well together, and [the festival] will offer activities for all ages.”
Also featured will be the first Battle of the BoroQue, a barbeque competition sanctioned by both the Memphis Barbecue Network and the Georgia Barbecue Association and open to professionals and amateurs alike. Registration for each amateur team is $150, and a portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to charity. Participants will be judged in two categories — chicken (provided by Claxton Chicken) and ribs — and a cash prize will be awarded to the Best Rock-n-Roll Ribs and the Best Kick’n Chicken.
Tickets to the Statesboro Music Festival are $10 for a one-day pass and $25 for a three-day pass. Children under the age of 12 will be granted free admission. Portions of the proceeds of the event will go toward local charitable and non-profit organizations, including ARCH Recovery, the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County, the Center for Addiction Recovery at GSU, Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society of Statesboro & Bulloch County and Safe Haven.
For more information about the weekend’s events, visit the Statesboro Music Festival website
and Facebook page