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Summer Jam!

Familiar faces to take GATA's stage in sixth annual Summer Jam festival Saturday


July 15, 2014

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    As the summer heat beats down on southern Georgia, Statesboro offers an oasis of cool in the form of its sixth annual Summer Jam. The summer music mini-fest kicks off this Saturday, July 19, at GATA's. For a $7 admission fee, music lovers of many genres can enjoy five of the coolest regional acts around in Statesboro's biggest summer music event.
     The story of Summer Jam is a familiar one to Boro natives: the festival began six years ago as the brainchild of Greg Kearney, who meant it to be a joint birthday party and music festival bash. It has since grown to accommodate more music and more guests, with at least 420 tickets sold last year and an even bigger crowd expected Saturday.
     This year's line-up features a pretty varied mix, according to Scott Underwood, drummer for local funk and blues band Those Cats and one of the organizers for this year's festival. Aside from Those Cats, who will be participating for the third time, this year's line-up is made of Summer Jam first-timers. Additionally, three of the bands - Those Cats, The Orange Constant and Charlie and the Foxtrots - are Statesboro locals, familiar faces in the town's music scene.
     "It's kind of a cool Statesboro musician homecoming," Underwood said.
     "It's definitely going to be a homecoming for us," said Chas Wilson, the "Charlie" of Charlie and the Foxtrots. For the past year, the band has been touring around the "tops and the bottoms and everywhere in between" of the U.S., with little opportunity to stop in Statesboro. When Connect spoke to them, the band was in South Carolina en route to a gig in Florida. At the wheel of their tour van, Wilson said the Boro natives in the band were looking forward to reuniting with family and friends, particularly those they know in the other two homegrown bands on the lineup.
     Out-of-towners Funk You, a progressive funk band from Augusta, and The Freshtones, an Athens-based jam rock group with eclectic influences, will be joining the Boro-based acts for the festival. Keeping with the theme of familiarity in this year's festival, both bands share a good working relationship with Those Cats.
     "These are people we've played with in Athens, people we've played with in Augusta, people who have come to Statesboro and shared bills with us," Underwood said.
     This year's lineup is heavy in blues, funk and soul, but there's enough variety to shake up the mix. From Charlie and the Foxtrots, band frontman Chas Wilson said that the audience can expect to hear less funk and more folk, bringing a change of pace to the festival with tunes from their new EP "Golden," which released last Tuesday, July 8. They'll also be performing some bluegrass staples handed down through the history of the music.
     As a lively contrast, The Orange Constant will deliver a set built around the seasonal aspect of the festival, with covers fit for summertime and a blend of their old and new original songs. According to Andrew Brantley, the band's keyboardist and guitar player, this will be the band's first festival since several of its members graduated from Georgia Southern University, and they are excited to appear at an event they have been watching for years.
     "We don't want it to be just a normal show," Brantley said of their planned set list. "We're definitely making it special for the event."
     GATA's will officially open the doors for Summer Jam at 6 p.m., and those looking to save two bucks can take advantage of the early bird special: anyone who arrives between the time the doors open and the official start-time of 7 p.m. can get their ticket for $5.  After 7 p.m. the cost of admittance goes up to $7. The five bands will span two stages, indoor and outdoor, and aim to keep the music going until closing time at 1 a.m.
     "It's gonna be nonstop music," Underwood said. He added, "It's fun to have an event where the musicians look forward to it as much as the people, it seems. We're all on the same page."

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