If you love bluegrass, you don't want to miss the 38th annual New Year's Bluegrass Festival from Jan. 2-4 at Jekyll Island.
The event is promoted by Adams Bluegrass LLC out of Dahlonega, and organizer Norman Adams boasts 40 years of bluegrass business - so he knows a thing or two about putting on events like this.
But Adams admits he's no musician, just someone who loves to listen to bluegrass.
"My daddy listened to the Grand Ole Opry every week when I was growing up," Adams says. "I just love it."
Adams adds that all the concerts his company puts on are three-day events and the shows are packed with entertainment.
"As one act comes off the stage, the next one comes on," he says. "It's about six shows and then we break for an hour intermission, and then all the bands come back on and do a second show to finish off the night."
The event kicks off at noon Jan. 2 and goes until 10 p.m. The lineup includes Lonesome Will Mullins and The Virginia Playboys, The James King Band, The Marksmen, The Spinney Brothers, Larry Stephenson Band and the world-famous Riders in the Sky.
Jan. 3 brings in another round of talent with concerts beginning at noon and running until 10 p.m. featuring The Spinney Brothers, Goldwing Express, Grand Ole Opry stars Jesse McReynolds and The Virginia Boys, The Gibson Brothers and Doyle Lawson.
The event wraps up from noon until 10 p.m. Jan. 4 and features Trinity River Band, The Stevens Family, The Little Roy and Lizzy Show, Marty Raybon and Full Circle, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage and country music legend Gene Watson.
The Farewell Party Band will perform a 90-minute show at 8:30 p.m. to wrap up the evening.
Tickets and a complete schedule of events are available at www.adamsbluegrass.com. Tickets are also available at the door.
All events take place indoors at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, which Adams says is a beautiful venue.
"It's a great place for winter entrainment," he says. "They spent $50 million on that center, you know."