Music will sweep down North Main Street during the third annual Pickin’ on the Greene with live performances from neighboring Georgia bands this Friday, June 27, from 7-10 p.m. The Greensboro Main Street Program in partnership with the Greensboro Business Association presents Pickin’ on the Greene as the summer’s main event. This family-friendly event will feature live entertainment, children’s activities and of course, shopping and dining.
The evening will begin with live entertainment from Greene County natives, Pullin’Strings and follow with headliners, The Darnell Boys from Athens, Georgia. With their original southern roots and a bluegrass and rock style, these bands are sure to get you tapping your foot and dancing along.
Pullin’ Strings, a local group that is no stranger to Greene County and has been a part of Pickin’ on the Greene since its inception, will open the event with live music that can best be described as a bluegrass style with an eclectic fashion of incorporating different types of genres to create their one-of-a-kind sound. With their original southern roots and musical talent, they will feature a set-list of their own originals as well as adding their own flare to American favorites.
Following the opening act, The Darnell Boys will headline with their rock/blues/country sound of high-energy songs. Formed in late 2010, The Darnell Boys originally consisted of three brothers, Austin, Caleb and Gus Darnell, where they later expanded to include Elijah Neesmith on the upright bass and Patrick Weise on junkyard percussion. Centered upon the brother’s unique vocals and song writing, the band creates an exceptionally soulful sound through an authentic blend of blues, country, gospel, soul and rock traditions.
Combining together the Darnell siblings and a smoking rhythm section, their debut album is an intoxicating blend of blues, old country and R&B. Under Orange Twin Records, The Darnell Boys released their self-titled album on June 7, 2013, which includes their hit singles, You Got the Devil and Hard Times. Hard Times was featured on last year’s Athfest compilation CD and the self-titled album was chosen as one of Flagpole Magazine’s Top 10 Albums of 2013.
In addition to toe-tapping music, Pickin’ on the Greene has something to offer the whole family. The event will feature activities and vendor booths presented by local community organizations. Groups participating in the event will offer goodies such as fresh lemonade, shaved ice, baked goods and other summer favorites.
Children’s activities will include a bounce house by Greene County Family Connections and the ever popular hay ride around town.
Downtown Greensboro merchants will also offer extended hours throughout the event. Numerous shops and restaurants will keep their doors open, offering the best in Lake Oconee’s Hometown shopping and dining.
North Main Street will close prior to the evening’s festivities at 5 p.m., so make note for an alternate route.
"Pickin' on the Greene is a wonderful summer family event," states Kendrick Ward. "We love to see friends and neighbors that come out to enjoy an evening of free music and support the local community."
So, gather your family, friends and neighbors for a toe-tapping good time in historic downtown Greensboro. All are welcome and encouraged to bring a lawn chair and enjoy this free, family-friendly event. There will be plenty of activities for children and adults alike. Downtown shops and restaurants will stay open for continued shopping and dining.
About Pickin’ on the Greene
Pickin’ on the Greene is a summer music event that takes place in the heart of historic downtown Greensboro. Pickin’ on the Greene is produced by the Greensboro Better Hometown Program and the Greensboro Downtown Development Authority with support from the City of Greensboro. Since its beginning in 2012, this annual summer event has been downtown Greensboro’s main summer community event, attracting musical artists and visitors from across the state. The event’s goal is to attract people to the town with the hope that they will return to the community and future events.