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Thomson native planning music festival

With McDuffie County well known for the Blind Willie Blues Festival, other event organizers are now looking to get in on the action.

Steven Brown grew up in Thomson but his career took him elsewhere. When he decided to put together a music festival for this coming fall, he looked home for the ideal location.

The inaugural October Music Festival will be held on Oct. 30 and 31 in the same field as the Blind Willie Festival.

One of the themes for the event will be "unity in the community," according to Mr. Brown.

It is part of he and his partners' plan to bring live music to outlying places that normally don't get much in the way of outdoor community events.

"We're from there, and we want to bring it home because that is something that's not actually done in the rural communities," Mr. Brown said. "That's what we want to start doing is going in the rural communities bringing activity, not only for commercial artists but also for the up-and-coming artists."

Even though the festival will include lots of live bands, it won't be solely an event for adults.

Aside from the music there will be games for the kids including basketball shootouts, football throws, dunking booths and horseback riding. Also, vendors will be present to sell artwork and crafts.

But at any music festival, the most important thing is the music. Mr. Brown said there will be all kinds of music played at the event, including R&B, hip-hop, and both hard and soft rock.

"We want to bring a little something to the community to bring the people together other than the county fair and the Friday night football games," Mr. Brown said. "There will be a little bit of something out there for everybody to come out there and enjoy."

One of the goals for Mr. Brown's music festival is to leave his old hometown better than when he came. He said he will do that by donating a portion of the proceeds to a local charity.

Those interested in attending the festival can buy tickets at the gate. Wristbands will be given out to identify those legal for alcohol consumption.



Web posted on Thursday, September 2, 2004


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