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. This year we will be expanding the vendor area to include more food, arts and crafts, and adult beverages for purchase.

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 Depot 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.

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

The Schedule

Depot Stage

11:00am Dixie Fire Cloggers
11:30pm Scarlet Wool Band
12:30pm Old Mill Road
1:30pm Luthers Mountain Band
2:30pm Fish & Picks
3:30pm Windfall
4:30pm Cherokee Cutups
5:30pm Curtis Jones & the Primal Roots
7:00pm The Roys

Firehouse Stage

12:00pm Georgia Mountain String Band
1:00pm Jim Haigler
2:00pm Rick McKee & Natalie Goodwin
3:00pm The Owens Bros
4:00pm Conservation Theory
5:00pm City Hotel

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

City Hotel

The City Hotel was born in Savannah in the summer of 2011. The band has emerged as one of the most engaging acts in Savannah, GA. Melding a love of popular and indie rock music with a traditional bluegrass lineup, the band provides an individual, exciting, and eclectic sound. With a combination of covers from treasured influences and unique originals, the City Hotel Band offers an unmatched experience to all audiences. City Hotel was voted Savannah's 'Best Acoustic Band' in 2013 and 'Best Bluegrass Band' and 'Best Folk Band' in 2015.

Dixie Fire Cloggers

In short, DixieFire was formed in the spring of 2010, and we are a fun-loving, family oriented clogging group. We are not a competition clogging team, because we just want to have fun, not stress. We enjoy performing at local festivals, charitable events, and nursing homes. Our team members range in age from 8 to grandma, and our music taste runs the scale from bluegrass, old country, old rock, new country, new rock, ethnic music, and anything that has a good beat.

Conservation Theory

A care for the Earth and a spirit endowed with a love of music and creativity. This is what drives Conservation Theory. Music flows in one form or another from every member of the band. It is not just something to do. It is a drive, a passion. To bring forth songs and perform, to touch people, to interact. To have a celebration each and every time out on stage. We are the rustic Appalachian Americana folk band from the beginnings of the Blue Ridge in South Carolina. We speak of the mountains, rivers, heartache and downhome love and life.
Visit Conservation Theory on Facebook

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.

Jim Haigler

Jim Haigler, a local architect and musician, has been involved in folk and bluegrass music since his college days at Georgia Tech in the 1960’s. He has organized and performed with several groups including “Back Porch Revival”, an ensemble that entertained locally for twenty-five years. He has recently become involved in writing and performing his own original material. His style reflects the folk music background from his early years as he blends humor and wit in some songs, while others strike a more somber and melancholy tone. He has performed locally at the Ascension Coffee House, the Cartersville Country Club and for numerous charity events. He is a member of the Cartersville Songwriters Exchange and Rome Area Songwriters Association.

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.

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.

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

The Roys

Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and raised across the border in Coal Branch, New Brunswick, Canada, THE ROYS’ early childhood days were filled with music. Growing up in a family where guitar pulls were a normal occurrence, Lee became adept on drums, bass and mandolin and joined his first Bluegrass band at the age of nine. Elaine learned guitar and began singing at age five, making her first on-stage appearance at the tender age of 10. After years of hard work, siblings Lee and Elaine Roy have firmly established themselves as one of the pre-eminent acts in Bluegrass today. As THE ROYS they bring immaculate harmonies, impeccable musicianship and strong songwriting to their music, combining a traditional vocal styling with a progressive instrumental attitude to enchant fans around the world

The Roy's won Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Duo of the Year in 2009 and 2010 and the release of their first album, LONESOME WHISTLE debuted at No. 7 on BILLBOARD's Bluegrass Albums Chart. In 2011 they earned a spot on BILLBOARD'S Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011 and they were also named ICM Bluegrass Artist of the Year in 2011 and 2012. Additionally, in 2012, their song, “I Wonder What God’s Thinking,” from their second album NEW DAY DAWNING, was named the ICM Inspirational Country Single of the Year. In 2013 their third CD, GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN, earned a Top 5 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Album Chart and hit #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most-Played Albums chart (Oct. 2013). Then in 2014 they were named the #1 Bluegrass Artist of that year’s International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) and were a featured act at the Folk Alliance International.

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.


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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.

Sponsored by Coosa Valley

A big Thank you to Fusion Dance Studio for helping with our kids activities!


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 below to help support this fantastic event!

A huge THANK YOU to our sponsors!

Kids Corner Sponsor

Coosa Valley Credit Union

With a focus on people, Coosa Valley Federal Credit Union provides members with the best financial services available in a not-for-profit environment. CVCU offers a full range of financial products and services specifically designed to their members' needs and provide them substantial savings.

Vehicle Sponsor:

Robert Loehr

Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram

Event Sponsor

Johnny on the Spot

Johnny on the Spot: Johnny on the Spot supplies portable restrooms and bathrooms. The company serves construction industry as well as special events. Trailer units are also available.

Event Supporters:

Blue Sky Outfitters

Your Local gear shop and the coolest place to be.

Downtown Supporters:

Georgia Highlands Medical Services: Bartow Family Health Center is a Patient-Centered Family Medical Care Facility. We accept ALL Major Insurances, Medicare and Medicaid. We offer a sliding fee scale program for uninsured patients. GHMS is a Certified Application Counselor Organization which offers onsite enrollment assistance for the Affordable Care Act/Health Insurance Marketplace. For appointments please call 470-315-4689.

The Storage Key


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.

Current Vendors

More vendors being added all the time! Please send in your completed vendor packet asap if you would like to participate in the 2015 Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival as a vendor at this great event.

The Nut Man - Boiled peanuts & drinks

Traci Lynn Jewelry - Jewelry & Supplies

Adena Harper - Advanced color consultant & independant sales director

Coconuts Ice Cream - Ice Cream, Smoothies, & Shave Ice

Mellow Mushroom - Pizza, craft beer, & wine

Rock'N Designs - Guitar Tables & Wall Art

Georgia Carry - Information on the right to bear arms

Kim's Tote-aly Hip Bags & Such Thirty-One - Totes, jewelry, and more.

Sutton Farm - Goat milk soap, raw honey, and eggs.

Darn Good Seasoning/Rhineland Gallery - Seasoning and Cutlery

Pinky Toes Nail Salon - Nail Art Booth, Polish Making Station, and Retail

Alisha's Kitchen - BBQ Pork, Ribs, Chicken, Brisket, Baked Potatoes, and more!

Enchanting Enterprises, INC - Children/Young Adult books, Fairy Jewelry, Iron Work Items, and more!

Bartow County Community Church Shop - Giving away bottled water with coupons for the community church shop.

Judy West - Blankets and hand made products.

Breathe in Rome - We market a premium line of air purification systems.


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