The Music: Local & Live in March

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Pictured above are various artists set to perform locally this month – Zack Whitley (bottom left), Back N Black (AC/DC Tribute Band), Departure (Journey Tribute Band) and Bucky Lastard.

By KRIS YOUMANS, Special to The Paper

“Music gives a soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination & life to everything.”… Plato

Featured Artist – Sara Greer

“Sara came out the womb singing!” in the words of her mother.

Sara Greer

She began her professional career at just 13, singing the national anthem at various sporting events and playing acoustic material (both originals and covers) at venues across the Southeast. She has shared the stage with Colbie Callait, Richard Marx, Kip Winger, Michelle Malone, Pierce Edens and more.

At 15, she released her debut EP, “All Who Wonder” (produced by Grammy-award winning producer Larry Mitchell), consisting of 4 original songs. At 17, she released a full length album titled “Drama, Drama.” The record, consisting of 9 original songs, was engineered and produced by Ross Childress (founding member of Collective Soul) and released in collaboration with Ryan Burton Music Group in early 2019- just weeks before Sara graduated from East Coweta High School.

While in school, Sara participated in a trade program through Central Education Center at West Georgia Technical College. Among these college-level courses were: Essentials of Sound Recording I & II (for which she later interned during her senior year), Live Sound & Field Audio, Music Business, and Audio & Video for Film. After graduating, Sara went on to intern at Southside Church in Newnan every Sunday morning for around 18 months. In early 2020, she began working part time at Guitar Center to help better her home studio – and that she has.

Today, she not only continues to play various venues around the metro area, but she also owns “Pulse Grind Audio,” with which she dedicates her creative talents and experiences to helping grow and nurture those of others. In 2020, she debuted her engineering and production capability with the track “Do Whatcha Gotta Do” by M.C. Scobes and U.S. Bunny, both also from Newnan. Sara created the instrumentation, cowrote, engineered each session, and mixed the audio (which was then mastered by Gavin Hough of Newnan). The track is available on all digital platforms.

Sara continues to work not only producing projects for other artists, but also music of her own. “You Don’t Scare Me” is the anticipated first single from her upcoming album “Free Spirit,” scheduled for release late 2022. The album will be entirely self-produced, engineered and funded.

Sara handling the soundboard.

“It’s just a matter of time before labels realize that they need artists, not the other way around,” Sara says.  “Furthermore, if the last five years have taught me anything, it’s that there’s a desperate need for women to step up in the field of sound engineering. It is a man’s industry, yet even still I never thought the way a person looks should determine their credibility in the mind of a stranger. I even got banned from a venue that I was supposed to play once for ‘touching the board’ when it was clear none of the staff knew how to operate it properly. But I don’t choose to view it as an ‘unfortunate reality’- although not gonna lie, had to call my mom after that run-in. Truthfully though, I am fortunate to be in a position to open doors for generations of women to come. Which sounds ridiculous to say in the 21st century, but if I can disprove at least one person’s prejudice, and make some killer music in the process, then that’s good enough for me.”

Visit www.saragreermusic.com to learn more about Sara and her latest ventures, as well as upcoming events and releases.

Local Venues – March Calendar

4 AM COFFEE ROASTERS
401 Maple Street (inside historic Maple St. Mansion), Carrollton • 678-664-1766
3/5 … Jeff Jackson – singer songwriter
3/11 … Sweet & Salty Blues Band
3/18 … George Britt

ABIDE BREWING COMPANY
130 Werz Industrial Blvd., Newnan
3/4 … Mary Martin, 6 p.m.
3/19 … Lerogie, 1 p.m.
4/1 … Daniel Toole, 6 p.m.

THE ALAMO
19 W. Court Square, Newnan • 770-683-2526
Call ahead to check on Live music dates.
Open Mic Night every Sunday, 6-9 p.m.

BEACON BREWERY
700 Lincoln St., LaGrange • 706-298-6500
3/6 … Daniel Toole, 4 p.m.

BIG JOE’S BAR & GRILLE
1329 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan • 770-755-9066
3/17 … Jeanine Duke, 6 p.m.

BIG SHOTS KITCHEN & BAR
102 B Guthrie Way, Peachtree City • 770-629-5591
Every Sunday … Jeanine Duke, 12:30 – 3 pm

BRICKHOUSE LAGRANGE
141 Main Street, LaGrange • 706-298-5485
Live Music every Friday and Saturday Night with Food & Drink Specials all week.
Thursday is Karaoke Night.

BRICKHOUSE GRILLE & TAVERN
80 Newnan Station, Newnan • 770-683-2790
Check Brickhouse’s Facebook page for details.
3/5 … Back N Black, AC/DC Tribute Band
3/12 … Departure, The Journey Tribute Band
3/15 … Mary Martin, 6:30 p.m.
3/29 … Mary Martin, 6:30 p.m.

THE BRICKS ON CHURCH STREET
13 Church Street, Grantville • 678-877-6571
The Bricks on Church Street in Grantville features local and live music events and is a good choice for your own special events.

THE CELLAR / THE BAYS
20 Jefferson Street, Newnan • 770-683-6328
Live Jazz on Wednesdays, Acoustic on Thursdays in The Bays
Live Music Friday & Saturday Nights at 9 p.m.
3/4 … Pete & Pete Band, The Bays
3/5 … Band O.N.E., The Bays
3/9 … Toni Byrd, The Cellar
3/10 … Leah Frasier, The Bays
3/11 … Luis Alas Project, The Bays
3/12 … Sundowner Motel, The Bays
3/16 … Jeanine Duke, The Bays
3/17 … Anderlan, The Bays
3/18 … Logan Winkles and the Hartley Band, The Bays
3/19 … Hardy Boyd Band, The Bays
3/23 … Toni Byrd, The Cellar
3/24 … Daniel Toole, The Bays
3/25 … Sweet Grass Sally, The Bays
3/26 … Pete & Pete Band, The Bays

COCHRAN MILL BREWING
27 Word Street, Fairburn • 770-892-1539
3/11 … John Paul Barry, 6 p.m.
3/12 … David Steen, 6 p.m.
3/19 … Bekah Marie Live, 6 p.m.

GRAZING HERE
2850 Hwy. 54, Peachtree City • 770-486-2696
All Shows begin at 8 p.m.
3/5 … Second Time Around
3/11 … Blair Out Loud, classic rock
3/12 … Gravity, high energy rock band
3/18 … 3rd Shift
3/19 … Hunter Callahan
3/25 … Crossroads Rebellion
3/26 … 6 Feet Back

HALF SHELL OYSTER BAR & HOTDOG SHOP
1690 Highway 34 East, Newnan • 770-502-9911
Specials on appetizers and beer on Thursdays along with great music! Shows start at 6 p.m.
3/10 … Ellis Lowery & Tony Stephens
3/17 … Wyatt Band’s St Patty’s show
3/24 … Zac Gilbert
3/31 … Zack Whitley

LINE CREEK BREWING
150 Huddleston Road, Peachtree City • 678-545-6024
3/13 … March Local Market, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Vendors, handmade & homegrown, Live Music!
3/19 … Bucky Lastard,3 to 6 p.m., Atlanta Folk Punk

LINE CREEK BUS BARN
300 City Center Parkway, Fayetteville • 770-731-1641
3/12 … Bucky Lastard St. Patrick’s Day Party, 3 to 6 p.m. All ages. Free show.
3/18 … Mary Martin, 6 p.m.

THE MAD MEXICAN
2 East Court Square, Newnan • 770-683-9545
3/4 … Ellis Lowery
3/9 … Joey Troup
3/11 … JT Murphy
3/16 … Ellis Lowery
3/19 … Larry Mills
3/23 … Zack Whitley
3/25 … Joey Troup
3/30 … Chad Jernigan

MAGUIRE’S IRISH PUB
42 Main Street, Senoia • 770-727-3020
3/17 … Bucky Lastard, 2 to 6 p.m.

NEWNAN TRAIN DEPOT
60 East Broad Street, Newnan
3/12 … Kris Youmans Band, BBQ & Brews for Newnan Theatre Company.  The event is from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Silent auction,craft beers from some of the best local breweries, great music & improv from the N.I.T.W.I.T.S.
Check website for more info at www.newnantheatre.org/bbqbrews
3/16 … Live Irish Music, Irish beer, cider & Shepherd’s pie. Purchase tickets at newnanirish.com.

NUTWOOD WINERY
1339 Upper Big Springs Road, LaGrange GA • 706-881-7401
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday … Live local performers in the Tasting Room.
3/12 … Daniel Toole, 2:30 p.m.
3/17 … Daniel Toole, 6 p.m.

RPM FULL SERVICE
15 Jackson Street, Newnan • 770-683-1414
Every Sunday music on the patio, Karaoke every weekend, Open Mic Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.
3/20 … Bucky Lastard, 2 to 5 p.m. Free show. All ages.

SUMMERGROVE GOLF CLUB
335 SummerGrove Parkway, Newnan • 770-251-1800
Friday Night Dinner & Music
3/4 … The Dreamers
3/11 … Midnite Cruzers
3/18 … Southside Band
4/1 … Pete & Pete Band

Contacts & Links for Various Local Musicians

CALLISTA CLARK …  Callista is from Zebulon,Ga. – started singing & playing in church, has created a huge following while recording her videos onYouTube & has become quite a songwriter! She’s under the Big Machine label and the new EP really showcases her amazing talent. She’s playing shows all over the country so follow her on FB, Instagram & YouTube.

HEYDREAMER (Melody Kiser) …  https://heydreamerband.com/ & on Facebook at facebook.com/heydreameratl.  

DOUG KEESVoted Best Musician in Coweta County. Look for his shows with Michelle Malone. Go to Michelle’s website for tickets and dates.  Doug’s live videos can be found on Facebook, or www.dougkees.com official website.

Doug has a new album release titled ‘ELEVEN.’ You can get your copy of the CD now by going to Doug’s website! A number of the singles from the new CD have been added to multiple Spotify playlists. Also check out the album Roots & Boughs (acoustic guitar instrumentals) on his website.

LEROGIE … find him on Facebook & on Reverbnation at www.reverbnation.com/Lerogiemusic

MARY CLAIRE MARTIN … find Mary on Facebook & on her website at www.marymartinmusic.com where her upcoming events will be listed. Classically trained on piano as a child, as a teenager took up the electric guitar & never looked back!

JOSH PURGASON … www.joshpurgason.com

SWEET GRASS SALLY … One of Newnan’s most popular bands. We love Tim and the guys and you can find them on Facebook and Instagram.

DANIEL TOOLE … Daniel Toole Music on YouTube, Amazon Music, Apple Music  & www.onedanieltoole.com.  Check out Daniel’s website for all upcoming events.

LEONARD WASHINGTON  on Facebook, Instagram & Reverbnation

Kris Youmans Band

KRIS YOUMANS BAND …  Next show on March 12 for Newnan Theatre’s BBQ & Brews. Recording new album at Southside Tracks Studio. Reader’s Choice Newnan-Coweta Magazine Best Band 2020 & 2021. www.krisyoumansband.org.

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