Music Event Highlights for October 2011 – The Lodge at Copperhead, Blairsville, GA

Nashville Unleashed, 7:30 p.m. – Dinner reservations open at 5:30 p.m.  Reservations Requested.

Join Jack & Diane, along with a few of their fellow Nashville Recording Artists:  Lisa Shaffer, Shay Watson, Bill Whyte in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains for a special concert event at The Lodge at Copperhead.  The concert will take place “in the round” in the Grand Hall, by candlelight, over dinner and wine.

Nashville Unleashed with Jack & Diane is an unprecedented concert experience, catering to couples and music connoisseurs in an intimate, “in the round” format. Similar to VH-1?s Storytellers, the audience is invited behind the scenes, as Nashville’s elite performing songwriters share the inspiration behind their music and the stories behind their songs. The professional writers WOW the audience with their superior musicianship and open themselves up personally.

JACK & DIANE – Most refer to their music as a “bluesy, more soulful style of country.”  Diane’s voice is smooth as “hot butter.”  Jack, who formerly toured with George Thorogood and Brian Setzer is revered as a guitar player/multi-instrumentalist.  He is known for his unconventional approach, especially to lap steel and mandolin.  The combination of Jack & Diane’s musical styles immediately resonates with an audience. Both long-time performing, recording, and songwriting veterans, Jack & Diane simply have the ability to capture the hearts of their listeners and endear them to their music.

LISA SHAFFER – Lisa grew up in Crittenden, Kentucky just below the Mason-Dixon Line.  Lisa has recorded for Disney’s Lyric Street Records and written several hit songs: “Gotta Start Somewhere” by Rhonda Vincent, “Hip Hop In A Honky Tonk” by Colt Ford (video currently airing on CMT and GAC), and “I Know I Love You” by Jeff and Sheri Easter whose album is nominated for a Grammy.  Lisa has co-written songs with Charlie Daniels, Bill Anderson and Paul Overstreet.

BILL WHYTE – Born in Montgomery City, Missouri, Bill’s first experience in Nashville came in the mid 70?s. While he was in Music City he was part of the United Talent Roster that was owned by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.  It was Billy Dean who first encouraged Bill to stop resisting his funny side and write more comedy songs and that led Bill into the studio to record his “Off The Wall CD” that was recorded “Live” at the world famous Bluebird Cafe. And his second comedy song CD “Leave Em’ Laughing” contains 12 more funny songs. Bill currently tours with various Artists. In between road dates, he offers is Award-Winning Radio Personality to WSM radio station, the home of the Grand Ole Opry. Bill’s songs have been recorded by Linda Davis, Brady Seals, Ray Stevens and Cledus T. Judd, among many others.

SHAY WATSON – Shay Watson has written songs for bands and solo artists such as Grammy Winning DC Talk’s (and Newsboys)’s Michael Tait, Word Recording Artists-Sidewalk Prophets, Fox Sports, Grammy Nominees, Sonicflood, his own duo ‘Watson & Nash’ and James Clay and others. With chart success in Europe under his belt and a number of songs cut and singled to radio by various artists in the United States, Shay has carved out a place for himself in the global music community as a songwriter, artist and producer. Shay is actively involved in child advocacy and is an artist/spokesman for Mission of Mercy, a Christian relief organization that helps find sponsors for poverty stricken children in underprivileged areas of the world.

Please be sure to get your room/cabin reservations early as this event typically sells out!   $18 – VIP Seating (closest to the performers)  $12 Advance/$15 Door – General Admission –  RESERVE TICKETS DIRECTLY FROM THE LODGE: 706-835-7433

The BacTracs

October 8th, 6-10 p.m. The BacTracs – ‘60’s & ‘70’s Party – It’s a groovy kind of love band.  You can win a prize man by styling like in ‘60’s -70’s. Get ready for reflections from the past with music from The Hollies & The Kinks, Credence Clearwater Revival, Marmalade, The Turtles…Byrds… Youngbloods.

 

October 15, 6-10 p.m. – Mike Watson Band

Put on your boogie shoes and catch the

Mike Watson Band

Groove with MWB.  Reserve your stay now at The Lodge at Copperhead to experience the change in the seasons, “Fall” foliage, in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia.

The popular Mike Watson Band is favored for their covers songs by top recording artists and original songs by Mike Watson.   On any given night, MWB performs songs by legendary singers Merle Haggard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger, The Allman Brothers, Neil McCoy, B.B. King, Elmore James, and Muddy Waters.  Mike Watson has written many songs that have become crowd favorites over the years, such as, Biscuit On My Mind, Lonely Here Tonight, That’s Just The Way My Luck Has Always Been, Juanita, Juanita, The Grass Is Never Greener, and Down To The River.

MWB recent performances include the Atlanta Society of Entertainers 37th Annual Awards Celebration and with Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer band mates: Doyle Grisham, & Nadirah Shakoor and Outside Art.  For updates: www.mikewatson.net  Early reservations for dinner and lodging are recommended. This event typically sells out.

Fedora Blues Band

October 22nd, 6-10 p.m. – Fedora Blues Band – Featuring “Chicago Style” Blues
In honor of the two biggest Chicago Blues rivals, Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf, Fedora Blues was created to revisit the feel of these two masters. Chicago Blues was known for including guitar, harmonia, piano, bass, and drums with lots of emphasis on a good hook.  And, that is exactly what you can expect from the Fedora Blues Band at this event.

October 29, 6 p.m. Ghost of Halloween’s Past Party – Costume Contest – Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore! Choose a spooky costume and join us for a monstrous meal and haunting cocktails for an unforgettable evening!

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Celebrating 4th of July – Mountain style

It’s a time honored tradition to celebrate the birthday of The United States of America on Independence Day, July 4th with outdoor events including music, great food & drinks, plus fireworks displays.  This year’s celebration at The Lodge at Copperhead was no exception.
The holiday weekend celebration held resort guests and regional visitors captive with non-stop activities with the restaurant dishing out award-winning entrees and beverages to fit the occasion.

Many resort guests opted for whitewater rafting, kayaking, boating, golfing, or running The Gauntlet, North Georgia newest riding/driving attraction.  Still others enjoyed their favorite frozen drinks pool side.  Just a matter of choice of the things to see and do to enjoy the holiday.

Weekend Highlights
1st Annual Battle of the Bands
Special thanks to Steering by Starlight, Neighborhood Watch, & The BacTracs Band for competing in our inaugural Battle of the Bands.  Congratulations to The BacTracs Band, the 1st Place Winner of 3 Gigs at The Lodge at Copperhead.  The judges ranked you highest in professionalism, tight harmony, well rehearsed, and authentic sound on cover and original selection. 

Stay tuned for the announcement of upcoming play dates at The Lodge at Copperhead, and don’t miss the opportunity to see this great band play at North Georgia’s finest live music venue.  We appreciate the veteran music industry judges for judging the competition.  We look forward to having you again for next year’s Battle of the Bands.   Outdoor entertainment sponsored by Lawbike.com, Biker 101 Magazine, Von Gogh Vodka, Yuengling, Garage 71 Radio, Elder Financial Services, Inc., Chattahoochee Biker Gear, and R&R Trikes & Accessories.

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Competition Heating up for Battle of the Bands

The competition is keen as bands audition for a spot to perform during the 2011 Battle of the Bands contest July 2nd, Noon-6 pm at The Lodge at Copperhead, Blairsville, GA. Top bands are vying for the coveted 1st Place Award – 3 Gigs at North Georgia’s Premier Vacation Destination and Special Event Venue, The Lodge at Copperhead, Blairsville, Georgia.

The battle will begin with each band playing cover and original songs before a live audience and music industry professionals. Prizes will be awarded to the top three bands. First Place – 3 Gigs at The Lodge at Copperhead, 2nd Place – CASH, 3rd Place – Gift certificates will be awarded by North Georgia’s new riding-driving attraction, The Gauntlet, Biker Barn, LLC and Garage 71 Radio. The winner’s first performance will be at 7pm that evening.

Michelle Evans, Spokesperson for The Lodge at Copperhead said, “We are excited about the bands who have been selected to compete in this annual event.” “It will be a battle to the finish.” Adding, “Bands interested in competing should provide audition CD prior to the June 30th deadline.”

The 2011 Battle of the Bands line-up includes Big Pappy Hinds Band, Steering by Starlight, Bac Trac Band, Neighborhood Watch and more.  The Competition kicks-off the July 4th Weekend Celebration that includes great music by Mike Watson, pool party, fireworks display, comfort food with attitude and your favorite beverages. The holiday package – (2 or 3 night available) 3 night stays starting at just $275 plus taxes (Hotel) includes weekend entertainment. Reserve at website: Using PROMO Code “4th.”

The 2011 Battle of the Bands is open to the general public with FREE Admission.  The Lodge at Copperhead will have great food and your favorite beverages available at the event.  Gabriella’s Italian Icees and Missing Link Records will also be vending at the event.  The community is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the day.  No coolers please.  Admission to other musical events during the weekend is $5 per person or FREE when dining in the restaurant. For more information, call 706-835-7433.

The Lodge at Copperhead thanks the following sponsors for hosting musical events at the amphitheater: Chattahoochee R&R, Yuengling, Biker 101, Lawbike.com, Von Gogh Vodka BLUE, Garage 71 Radio and Elder Financial Services, Inc.

ABOUT THE RESORT: The Lodge at Copperhead, 171 Copperhead Parkway, Blairsville, GA is a destination resort offering lodging, casual fine dining, full service bar, special events, cabins and other amenities on the forty acre resort. Lodging reservations are available at website or by calling 706-835-7433.