Bluegrass & Folk Festival in Historic Downtown Cartersville October 17 2015. FREE!

About the Festival

Join us for the third annual Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival on Saturday, October 17, in downtown Cartersville. Over the past two years, this festival has quickly become one of the largest, most anticipated events in downtown Cartersville. Nearly doubling in attendance from the first year, the 2014 festival featured two stages of music, a Kids’ Area, and vendor area including food, crafts and art.

Centrally located among the many historic buildings and progressive charm of downtown, Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival features two stages of entertainment - each nestled among their own, unique atmosphere. The Main Stage, held in Friendship Plaza, sits next to the historic train depot and features a small amphitheater and plenty of grass to bring your blanket or lawn chair to nestle in for the day. Located in the 1979 bay area of the old fire station - which was erected in 1916 – is the Firehouse Stage. Both stages feature more than a dozen bands throughout the day of bluegrass, folk and blues genres. An application to perform at the festival will be posted to this website, so please check back soon.

Additionally, a Vendor Application will be made available no later than July. A limited number of food, craft and art vendor spaces will be available.

We hope you will mark your calendars now to join us for another great event. Rain or Shine! 

The Schedule

Check back for the 2015 lineup.

Main Stage

The 2014 event featured the following lineup:

11:30am Scarlet Wool Band
12:30pm Luther’s Mountain Band
1:30pm Max and Maggie
2:30pm The Owen Brothers
3:30pm Old Mill Road Band
4:30pm Cherokee Cutups
5:30pm The Little Roy and Lizzy Show

Firehouse Stage

Sponsored by Cohutta Fishing Co.

12:00pm Rick McKee
1:00pm Natalie Goodwin
2:00pm Windfall
3:00pm Dixie Sounds
4:00pm Fish and Picks
7:00pm Rolling Nowhere

Evening Entertainment

Spread throughout Historic Downtown Cartersville. A schedule of known events will be posted as it becomes available.

The Bands

Cherokee Cutups

The Cherokee Cut ups are a group of friends dedicated to playing the best Bluegrass music we can possibly play!
Visit Cherokee Cut Ups on Facebook

Dixie Sounds

The Dixie Sounds instill new life into traditional Southern Gospel with an up-tempo, energetic, Bluegrass style. Based in Carrollton, Georgia and serving the Lord since 2002.

Fish & Picks

Fish and Picks is a family band made up of eight siblings. We enjoy playing and singing a mix of bluegrass, folk, hymns, Irish, and country music; our instruments include upright bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and twin fiddles.

Luther's Mountain

Luther's Mountain plays bluegrass, gospel, and old time favorites. The band members are from the west Atlanta area around Dallas, Rockmart, and Douglasville. Ron, Randy and Ben have known each other for many years as they were members of the same church. They started practicing together in March 2007 and formed a band that is now known as Luther's Mountain. Dane joined in September 2010. Click to see a video of Luthers Mountain.

Max and Maggie

Max and Maggie started making music together one year ago. Max brings a wild fiddle style, a head full of verses, and a voice that’ll bring a bear out of hibernation. Maggie brings a driving, percussive guitar style, sweet harmonies, powerful lead vocals and recorder chops sharp enough to give you a haircut. Together they believe in the power of old music and want to share it with everyone around them. Kick off your shoes and dance!
Find Max and Maggie on Facebook.

Natalie Goodwin

Natalie Goodwin is a singer-songwriter that lives here in Cartersville. She has been playing guitar for about 18 years and has been singing since she was a little girl. Natalie pulls her musical style from a passion for all types of music. “When I say I love all types of music, I mean it! Blues, Folk, Salsa, Classical, Funk, Rock-n-Roll, Bluegrass… I love it all.” Natalie said. Her style can be considered bluesy folk as she pulls from artists like John Prine, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Smithers, and Allison Krauss.

Old Mill Road Band

The Old Mill Road Band is an innovative "bluegrass" band with a wide range of musical styling and genres. Their play lists include traditional bluegrass, new grass, country, blues, southern rock, and folk. Each member of the Old Mill Road Band has had many years of experience playing and entertaining in a variety of venues, which combined, give them a unique show stopping style that's sure to please. Ripping instrumentals, smooth vocalization, and multi layered harmonies make the Old Mill Road sound adaptable regardless of the genre.

The Owens Brothers

The Owens Brothers is an award winning musical duo consisting of Billy Owens and Randy Owens. They have been writing songs and performing since their youth, and have performed with the likes of B.J. Thomas, Mickey Dolenz, and Mark Lindsey, to to the 90's, and they love to take requests. Rich harmony has become their signature, as well as bringing the Owens Brothers style to their live shows. They are also prolific songwriters, and head up the Cartersville Songwriters Exchange, a songwriters organization dedicated to the development of the craft and the promotion thereof. Whether performing in a small club or larg name but a few. Their performances have spanned across the U.S, and consists primarily of top 40 hits from the 50'se amphitheater, cover songs or originals, they love making music.

Rick Mckee

Rick McKee has been singing professionally and writing music for over 25 years. He has written songs for and played with such varied groups as The Brillo Brothers, Solomon's Gold, The Beat Cleavers, Canaan Ridge, Clock Tower Jazz Band, and The Blue Hills Trio. From childhood and throughout his adult life, Rick has immersed himself in many musical genres including blues, rock, jazz. bluegrass, contemporary Christian, and country. He is frequently called upon to play bass, guitar or drums in pit bands for musicals throughout northwest GA.

His first CD, New Religion, features twelve songs of love, life and heartbreak set to hauntingly beautiful melodies and harmonies. McKee's second CD, Soft Horizon, was recorded to accompany the yoga sequences and practice of Sue Hopkins, CYA, in Cartersville, Georgia.

Rick earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Shorter College, a Masters in Music Composition and Educational Specialist Degree in Music Education from the UGA. He has performed in early and modern music ensembles, large and small ensembles performing music of the classical masters, as well as directed and performed with many church music ensembles. He is also a sought-after director and composer for children's voices. He and his wife, Angee, have recently started Cosmic Possum Music, a digital music publishing business. Together, they started the Ascension Coffee House which features many different local songwriters in a listening room environment.

You can hear sound clips on Rick’s web page at :

Rolling Nowhere

Born in the North Georgia hills and defying current genre classification, Rolling Nowhere has been described as a Psychedelic Junkyard Roots band with a sound that evolves with every show. Their sound combines Classic Country, Old Timey Folk, Blues Roots and Psychedelic Rock ‘n’ Roll. The band has down home 3 part harmonies, a mutual love of songwriting, and a wide array of instrumentation including; the Canjo - a washboard percussion experiment, upright bass, telecaster guitar, drums, dobro, banjo, and mandolin.

Scarlet Wool Band

Scarlet Wool delivers an authentic, unique blend of music styles accompanied by undeniable sibling harmony. This trio consists of: Tabby on violin and banjo, Erin on acoustic guitar and suitcase drum (yes, you read correctly, suitcase,) and Hannah on mandolin and foot pedal tambourine. Lead and harmony vocals are pleasantly delivered by all three. Find Scarlet Wool Band on Facebook.

The Little Roy and Lizzy Show

Little Roy, of the legendary Lewis Family, has won numerous awards as Entertainer and for his banjo playing. Lizzy Long has also been recognized for her strong vocals and fiddle playing. The duo performs all over the country, entertaining audiences with the variety of string instruments they can each play, storytelling, and harmonizing.


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Windfall is an Americana band founded on vocal harmonies and a lingering lead.

Historic Downtown Cartersville Georgia Bluegrass Festival


The Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival is located in beautiful historic downtown Cartersville, Georgia. Whether you are a first time visitor to Downtown Cartersville, or have lived here for years, we invite you to explore dozens of delightful shops and the many delicious restaurants, from southern flavor to fine dining.

Learn about our local history at Bartow History Museum and See America's Story at Booth Western Art Museum; attend outstanding performances at the Grand Theatre and Legion Theatre. Or simply take a walk or drive through historic neighborhoods. Come enjoy the character that Cartersville, Georgia offers.


From I-75 take Exit 288, Cartersville Main Street. Continue west on Main Street approximately 2 miles until you pass over Highway 41 and into historic downtown Cartersville. The Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival will be held in the center of Cartersville, with the main stage next to the train depot.


Free parking is available throughout the downtown district. CLICK HERE for a map of available parking.


Check out the many great lodging options by visiting our local Convention & Visitor Bureau's website: Hotels | Bed & Breakfast | Cabins | Campsites | Resorts

Kids' Corner

The Kids' Corner will be held in the parking lot next to the fountain in downtown Cartersville, and will feature a variety of activities and games for children to enjoy from 12:00 - 5:00pm. There will be an opportunity for children 12 and under to design their own train conductor hat; attempt to catch a fish; have their face painted; work off some energy in a bounce house; or leave their mark painting on a wooden train.


As a non-profit, Cartersville DDA relies on the local businesses to help facilitate community-enriching programs such as the Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival. Please consider helping the Downtown Development Authority bring great musical experiences like this festival to the City of Cartersville through financial contributions. There are various sponsorship levels available for the festival, which will be posted soon. Download Bluegrass Sponsorship packet.


Please click the link below if you are interested in becoming a vendor at the 2015 Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival. Vendors that have businesses within Historic Downtown Cartersville need to contact the DDA for their space reservation.


Want to know more about the Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival?
Call the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority at (770) 607-3480 or email us at