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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Summer Fun continues in North GA

The Dog Days of summer bring us the glory of FALL!
Although we’ve been sweltering like the rest of the country the last month or so, the North Georgia mountains are pleasantly cooler this week – with highs in only the mid to upper 80’s and lows at night already dipping into the low to mid 60’s! That is our signal that FALL is coming. The Lodge will be ground zero for the breathtaking changing of the seasons – and there is no better time to visit. Pick an event you like, or just pick a weekend and make plans NOW for a visit! USE PROMO CODE “LEAF” to receive breakfast every day of your stay and a bonus gift at check-in.

We are adding new events every week – but here is the skinny on what we have as of now:

Sat – Aug 20 – Country singer Michael Kennedy performes live on the Porch, 6 pm

Sat – Aug 27 – The Fedora Blues Band is back again, rockin’ the Porch with all your dancing favorites. Chicago style Blues costume contest – $50 in Lodge Bucks to the winner!

FLASHBACK LABOR DAY WEEKEND PARTY!
Fri – Sep 2 – Mon – Sep 5
Friday’s You can be the STAR Karaoke will feature hits from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Even if you can’t sing – come on out and dance! The fun kicks off at 6:59

The British Invasion Era Cover Band and winner of the 2011 Battle of the Bands – The BacTracs are back for an encore performance on the Porch Saturday the 3rd. Finish off the weekend with a POOL PARTY Sunday afternoon

A few rooms remain for another great party weekend at the Lodge. Reserve yours today!

Future Events: FULL DETAILS ALL EVENTS
Sep 10 – 2nd Annual Artsfest, Tom Willner concert
Sep 16-18 – Friends GOLF weekend, The Bush Pilots live Saturday
Sep 24 – North GA Bluegrass Music & Arts Festival – Car Show
Oct 1 – Nashville Unleashed with Jack & Diane
Oct 29 – Ghost of Halloween’s Past Party
Nov 5 – 2nd Annual Appalachian Chili Cook-off

Share the word – and “Like” The Lodge on Facebook to stay in touch with all that is going on. Be the 1,000th person to “Like” us and win 2 tickets to Tom Willner on September 10.