Four regional bands perform at the new, revamped Peaches in the Pines Music and Arts Festival this Saturday, June 9 at beautiful Lake Meriwether in Woodbury where festival-goers can shop for one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, select from a host of food choices and enjoy activities for all ages from youth cane pole fishing to sight-seeing helicopter rides.
Host group Meriwether Tourism has gathered a lineup of music for this 4th annual festival, including Tom Petty tribute group The Breakdowns who are scheduled to perform 4-6 p.m.
Also performing sets throughout the day are groups including Dustin Castellow Band with members from Columbus, Kennesaw and Atlanta; acoustic soul duo Drake & Nathan out of Columbus; and Brandon Holden, who has performed across the Southeast.
The 4th annual Peaches in the Pines festival runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with dozens of arts and crafts vendors, almost 20 food choices, activities for youngsters from morning cane pole fishing to rock climbing and pony rides – and, of course, fresh peaches and peach ice cream from partner sponsor Fitzgerald Fruit Farms. Admission is only $3 per person, with youngsters under age 10 admitted free.
The Breakdowns, out of Columbus, headline the afternoon entertainment from 4-6 p.m. The group includes seven talented musicians who came together to authentically perform the great songs of the late Tom Petty and his band the Heartbreakers. Members are Terry Young, lead vocals/rhythm guitar; Willie Taylor, lead guitar; Scott Singer, vocals/rhythm and acoustic guitar; Emily Chambers, keyboards/vocals; Kurt Richardson bass/vocals; Kenny Miller, harmonica/percussion; and Mike Davidson, drums/vocals.
All have performed music most of their lives. Terry Young was lead vocalist in the G-Men and former drummer for Southern Ashe. Terry currently performs regularly with duo Dos Reebs with band member Emily Chambers. Emily studied piano and organ for 13 years and was a church pianist. She is currently keyboardist for Atlanta-based Maria Gabriella Band.
Singer-songwriter Scott Singer has produced several cd compilations. He also performs with band 10 Cent Cigar. Willie Taylor as a lead guitarist was also a member of the G-Men and has played across Georgia. Kurt Richardson is well-known regionally as an excellent lead guitarist and also plays bass. Kenny Miller lives in Columbus and is also a member of local band Haywire. He is a talented harmonica player and unique percussionist. Mike Davidson is the band’s backbone with his drumming. He and Kurt are also members of a praise and worship band.
The Breakdowns have been together since August 2015 and have evolved into one of the best tribute bands in Georgia. They first broke onto the scene at The Loft in Columbus doing the sold-out Legends concert series. Since then they have headlined for several festivals and concert series including The Columbus Uptown Concert Series 2015, 2016, 2017; Buds and Burgers Festival 2017; W.W. Summer Bash 2017; The Loft Tom Petty Celebration of Life; Denims and Diamonds Concert at Civic Center Columbus; The Frog Town Crawfish Festival 2018; and The Barks and Blues Festival 2018.
Band CASTELLOW was started four years ago in Columbus, Ga. by Dustin Castellow as a six-member group. Now the band has four members: Dustin Castellow of Columbus, lead singer/acoustic; Luke Martz of Columbus, bass player/ background vocals; Aj Hirsch of Kenesaw, lead guitar; and Jon Render of Atlanta’s Buckhead community, drums.
Regional bands join Peaches in the Pines festival June 9 at Lake Meriwether
Panama City Beach, FL to Nashville, TN. From Cowboy’s in Dothan, AL to Wild Bill’s in Atlanta and the world famous Tootsies in both Nashville and Panama City Beach, Brandon is quickly making his mark. Brandon has opened for acts such as The Lacs and Rehab and has played for crowds up to 19,000 people. He has shared the stage with Dylan Scott, Zac Hacker, Michael Austin (The Voice season 4) and played at the Tug McGraw Annual Charity Pro-Am Shootout to an audience that included Randy Houser, Kristy Lee Cook Dallas Davidson and The Warren Brothers among others.
Brandon is a singer and performer, but he knows how to entertain. He will include every person at his show and make even those in the very back feel like they are right up front. He makes new fans at every show and is always asked back.
Drake & Nathan, Drake Allen and Nathan Wingate, an acoustic soul duo out of Columbus, perform starting at 10 a.m. with a country mix. They play with a smooth, acoustic sound flaked with modern soul vibes. Wingate is a vocalist/percussionist using Djembe, Cajon, mixed percussion and skilled vocal harmonies. Allen does vocals and is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, keyboard, electronic percussion and doing highly skilled looping. A normal show brings a creative mix of hand percussion and looping sounds – focusing on the feeling and energy of how music touches the soul.
They have been the house duo at Legends Bar & Grill and have performed at The Office Restaurant, Wild Wing Café, Iron Bank Coffee Company, Bare Roots Pharmacy, The Docks Food & Spirits, The Loft, Buffalo Wild Wings, Callaway Gardens Lodge & Spa and Fort Benning Brew Pub.
The Breakdowns, a Tom Petty tribute band out of Columbus, perform at Peaches in the Pines Saturday, June 9, from 4-6 p.m.
June 7, 2018
Dustin Castellow and band CASTELLOW will perform at Peaches in the Pines Festival Saturday, June 9, at 2 p.m.
The band CASTELLOW has played 62 shows a year for the past four years straight. Dustin describes the band’s sound as alternative. They play a little bit of everything including originals written by the group. They will perform their all-genre mix starting at 2 p.m.
Lead singer Dustin Castellow was a finalist on American Idol 2013. In the top 29 that year, the experience led him to management and marketing agencies as well as promotional and signing contracts. “We now work with Sony Underground and co-write with three locations,” he said. Manager is Destin, Fla. local Hip Armastead, who Dustin says is a creative and inspiring artist himself.
The band has performed across six states. “We’ve been in front of crowds of 250 people to 21,000 people,” Dustin said. They’ve “played Gulf coast jam, opened for two Billboard winning artists, and co-wrote with both of them,” he said. “Peaches and the Pines get ready CASTELLOW IS COMING YOUR WAY!!!! You don’t want to miss out!!!”
Brandon Holden is from a small town in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. His love for music took a backseat when he enlisted in the military and became a United States Army Ranger. Medically discharged, he picked back up with music and has not looked back. In the short couple of years Brandon has been performing he has been nominated for and became a finalist for the 2013 Georgia Country Male Artist of the Year and was nominated for the 2014 and 2016 Georgia Music Awards Male Artist of the Year. He will take the Peaches in the Pines stage at noon.
Brandon has played across the Southeast from Birmingham, AL to Summerville, SC; from
Drake Allen and partner Nathan Wingate of Drake & Nathan take the Peaches in the Pines Festival stage as the festival opens at 10 a.m.
Brandon Holden takes the Peaches in the Pines stage Saturday, June 9 at Lake Meriwether at noon.
Meriwether County’s 2018 Peaches in the Pines festival is one day only, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at Lake Meriwether – 728 Lake Meriwether Road, Woodbury, GA 30293. Admission $3; youngsters under age 10 admitted free. Dogs welcome if on a leash at all times.
Look for delicious festival food and Georgia grown produce – get your taste buds ready because Fitzgerald Fruit Farms is back with fresh Georgia peaches and peach ice cream. Food selections from barbecue, hot dogs and hamburgers to fried foods, shrimp, ice cream, snow cones, funnel cakes, Brunswick stew, venison and pork skins will be served from some 19 locations.
Enter your best peach dish in the recipe contest – entry extended through June 7. Adult and youth divisions offer both sweet and savory categories. Show your culinary skills and compete for prizes valued at $50 first, $25 second and $10 third. The contest is 11 a.m. and entry fee is waived with $3 festival admission (10 and under free). Winners announced at noon. For information visit http://meriwethertourism.com/peaches-in-the-pines/
Shop more than 30 vendors for one-of-a-kind and specialty items including jewelry, clothing, woodcrafts, birdhouses, knives, door hangers, aroma melts, essential oils, wreaths, metal crafts and baked goods. Door prize drawings are noon and 5 p.m.
Youngsters can enjoy some old-fashioned cane pole fishing from the shores of Lake Meriwether from 9 to 11 a.m. assisted by Greenville Police – fishing poles provided. Throughout the day are face painting, rock wall climbing, a carousel, pony/horse rides, and a chance to meet pets with animal rescue groups – extra fee charged for some activities.
For the second year Peaches in the Pines offers sight-seeing helicopter rides from Blueridge Helicopters (extra fee of $90 per person). Or take a break from the festival to walk the Lake Meriwether trail.
Saturday morning brings the 2nd annual Meriwether Miles bicycle ride through south Meriwether’s picturesque rural countryside. Mass start at 9 a.m. Three courses offer a variety of terrain in 10-mile, 44-mile and 64-mile options. Again this year “Honoring Our Veterans” receives a portion of ride proceeds. Event-day registration is 7 to 9 a.m. adjacent to the Peaches in the Pines festival site. Cost is $25 (the T-shirt deadline was May 19). For ride information contact Gail Coffee at 770-927-2847.
For festival information check http://meriwethertourism.com/peaches-in-the-pines/ , contact Carolyn McKinley, President, Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 9, Warm Springs, GA 31830; send an email to email@example.com; visit http://www.meriwethercountychamberofcommerce.com ; or call 706-655-2558 or 706-975-0622.