It's Golden: Dahlonega's Music & Appalachian Traditions

In addition to its pristine beauty, Dahlonega, which means “yellow rocks” in Cherokee, is known for its history as a mining outpost during the gold rush period of the 1830s. It’s also long been a haven for musicians steeped in the traditions of Appalachian music and there are numerous opportunities for visitors to engage with the culture today. The annual Bear on the Square music festival in April, celebrating Appalachian music, traditional craft and folkways features a variety of musicians, including local groups like Bluebilly Grit, The Buzzard Mountain Boys, Curtis Jones and Primal Roots and Ugly Cousin plus contests, sings, open jams and more. Crimson Moon, a restaurant and club in downtown Dahlonega, has an excellent regional reputation for presenting acoustic and roots music including Shawn Mullins, Michelle Malone, The Rosin Sisters and Jason Kenney, a popular local singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Any music fan who visits Dahlonega must stop at fiddler John Grimm’s Vintage Music Shop and into the custom shop where Jackson Steel Guitars are made. Visitors can often find local musicians performing locally at Cavendar Creek Vineyards & Winery, Frogtown Cellars, Montaluce Winery & Estates and Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery.

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