For the local musicians who make up Pullin’ Strings, sharing the stage with Athens based bluegrass group The Packway Handle Band is a big honor.
For those of us in Georgia’s Lake Country looking for a toe-tappin’ good time, it is an evening in Downtown Greensboro that you simply will not want to miss!
Greensboro’s first annual “Pickin’ on the Greene” will take place from 7-10 pm on Friday, July 13 with headliner The Packway Handle Band and special guest Pullin’ Strings. The free event will showcase historic downtown Greensboro as Americana and Bluegrass tunes fill Main Street.
The Athens-based Packway Handle Band is widely known for its unique brand of bluegrass that features close four-part harmonies and traditional string instruments. The band has found regional and national acclaim with recognition as band of the year from Athens’ Flagpole Magazine and as finalists at the highly regarded Telluride Bluegrass festival.
Among its many fans the band can include local Americana group, Pullin’ Strings.
“We are humbled to have the opportunity to play with Packway Handle Band,” remarks Sibley Brian, five string banjo player for Pullin’ Stings. “I’ve been a fan of Packway for years. It will be exciting to play alongside such a well-known national touring band.”
“Packway Handle Band has a unique blend of humor and reverence for traditional music,” states Marvin Payne, stand up bass player. “We are humbled to play with the group because they have a passion for local community music.”
Pullin’ Strings will kick off the entertainment line-up for Pickin’ on the Greene. The band’s music spans different genres, such as folk, bluegrass, rock, country and gospel. The group is made up of Marvin Payne, Sibley Brian, Brian Doty and Robert Lewis who all live, work and play in Greene County.
In addition to great live music, Pickin’ on the Greene will highlight area community groups and non-profits. The Greensboro First United Methodist Church will be on hand selling BBQ plates. Also expect to see the Future Farmers of America (FFA) with festival favorites like candy, peanuts, and pickles. In addition, Festival Hall will provide a cash bar for the evening on its outdoor plaza.
Local groups can register to participate in the event by contacting the Greensboro Better Hometown Office.
“We hope to see the whole community out for this event,” says Robert Lewis, lead vocals and rhythmic guitar for Pullin’ Strings. “We think this is a night in downtown that our friends and neighbors will really enjoy!”
For more information about Pickin’ on the Greene or to register an organization to participate please contact the Greensboro Better Hometown Office at (706) 453-7674.