Russell Dickerson with Blaire Hanks
Friday at the Cox Capitol Theatre
Russell Dickerson had a great summer. His song “Yours” was selected for Sirius XM’s “The Highway Find” program, which helps people discover new and unsigned artists around the country. After the song went to No. 15 on the station’s weekly Hot 45 countdown — competing with names like Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan — people started noticing. Within a few weeks, he had millions of YouTube views, and fans poured in via social media. Dickerson’s songs are heartfelt, and he claims to just want to make his fans smile. He’s joined on the Yours Tour by another up-and-coming young singer out of Nashville, Blaire Hanks. Doors: 7 p.m./Show 8 p.m. $12-$15.
12th annual Andalusia Farm Bluegrass Festival
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Saturday at Andalusia Farm
This one is definitely worth the short drive over to Milledgeville. The family-friendly, 12th annual Andalusia Farm Bluegrass Festival features crowd-favorites the Packway Handle Band as well Georgia legends the Skillet Lickers and locals (and the very aptly named) Good Country People. It’s held on the grounds of the historic home where Flannery O’Connor lived from 1951 to her death in 1964, a picturesque setting to kick back in the grass and enjoy some music. Food and drinks will be available, and there will be nature walks and communal porch pickin’ before the bands begin. 3 p.m. $5-$10.
Saturday at the Cox Capitol Theatre
If you’ve spent any time listening to the new radio station 100.9 The Creek, chances are you’ve heard Bobby Rush’s newest single on Rounder Records, “Porcupine Meat.” The folks down there are big fans, and they’ve taken the song on as a sort of anthem for the radio station. Rush, whose relentless touring schedule has earned him the title of “King of the Chitlin’ Circuit,” has been playing the blues for most of his 82 years on earth. He started out by wearing a fake moustache to play in clubs underage, then spent the 1950s and ‘60s playing with some of the Chicago blues greats before finally relocating to Mississippi delta country, where he’s still prolifically writing and recording. Doors: 7 p.m./Show 8 p.m. $20-$25.
Dank with the Lonely Biscuits
Saturday at the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom
The way that Dank describes their music sounds a bit like a commercial for salsa: “strongest ingredients ... boldest grooves ... a dash of of pop vocals, a sprinkle of synths, a hair of funk guitar, layer it with electric piano, driving bass, chunky riffs and shake it up.” But don’t put their music on your tacos, put it in your ears and let it slide down to your hips and feet, where it’ll convince them to start moving and shaking. They’ll be joined by the Lonely Biscuits, a rock ‘n’ roll band straight out of Nashville. 10 p.m. $5.
Promised Land Sound and Jake Fussell
Thursday at the Cox Capitol Theatre
The Living Room Concert Series is a new take on the live music experience at the Cox Capitol Theatre. Instead of putting bands onstage and separating them from the audience, performances will take place in the spaces normally reserved for standing-room guests, creating an intimate atmosphere reminiscent of a house show. The goal is to put the music first and foremost to create connections between audience and artist. The final show in the series features Nashville-based cosmic country rockers Promised Land Sound with Jake Fussell, who’s been called “a Dave van Ronk for SEC country.” Doors: 7 p.m./Show 8 p.m. $10-$15.
Band spotlights by Field Note Stenographers Chris Nylund and Jared Wright/Special to The Telegraph
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