WHAT: 8th Annual Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, October 8 and 9; 5pm – 10pm
WHERE: Downtown Alpharetta, GA 30009
SOCIAL MEDIA: @wireandwoodfest
The Wire & Wood Music Festival returns to downtown Alpharetta for its eighth year on Friday and Saturday, October 8 - 9 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. The FREE admission festival will showcase more than thirty (30) performances by singer-songwriters representing a variety of music genres on more than six outdoor stages throughout the downtown Alpharetta area. This year’s festival will feature headliners Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Ruthie Foster. In addition to music, fans can enjoy food from local restaurants and food trucks.
The Wire & Wood Music Festival brings together nationally and locally recognized musicians to perform their original hit songs. The 2021 Wire & Wood Music Festival will feature six stages across downtown Alpharetta including Milton Avenue, Town Green and Brooke Street Park. Additional stages located inside downtown businesses participating in the city’s Music Match initiative will feature local talent, supporting the city’s efforts to become Alpharetta Music City.
The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival will kick-off Friday night with a special performance from four-time Grammy nominee blues artist, Ruthie Foster. Hailing from a small town in Texas, the vocal powerhouse has been described by Rolling Stone as “pure magic to watch and hear”. Drawing influence from legendary acts like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, Foster developed a unique sound unable to be contained within a single genre. During her service in the US Navy she sang for the Navy’s band Pride. It was here that her love for performing became apparent. After leaving the service, Ruthie solidified her place as an up-and-coming singer/songwriter with ten albums including her latest album "Live at the Paramount", released in May of 2020. As Ruthie wraps her oh-so-malleable, impeccably nuanced voice around each song, the wisdom of her selections, the strength of each arrangement, their near-seamless flow and the outstanding talent of her band converge into yet another reminder that Foster’s artistry really is in a league of its own.
Saturday night, the festival will showcase Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, an Americana act hailing from Nashville, TN. Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors has always charged listeners’ hearts and minds while inspiring them to think, feel, dance, and love. He and his band have developed their sound through extensive touring, performing alongside Amos Lee, Willie Nelson, John Hiatt, Needtobreathe, Don Henley, and more. Their most recent album, Dragons, is the most collaborative to date and features artists & songwriters including Lori McKenna, Natalie Hemby, Sean McConnell, The Lone Bellow, and Ellie Holcomb. The success of Dragons led to a career spanning feature in which Rolling Stone declared Holcomb as “One of Americana’s Most Popular Stars.” Holcomb has traveled the globe with a catalog of vibrant, honest songs that explore the full range of American roots music.
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