Yes, June 21 is on a Thursday, and yes, the date is correct! The Suwanee Summer Porch Jam is part of Make Music Day an international celebration of music. Launched in 1982 in France, it is held on the summer solstice every year in more than 750 cities in 120 countries. The first Make Music Day event in Georgia, Summer Porch Jam will have the feel of an old-fashioned summer block party. Featuring food trucks, beer, and wine, musicians will be playing outdoors at multiple venues throughout Old Town Suwanee.
Held in the historic Main Street district, Summer Porch Jam will feature quite a few unique venues, including the front porch of Mayor Jimmy Burnette! Southern soul band ThunderGypsy will serve as the event headliner, opening and closing the inaugural party at Burnette Rogers Pavilion on Main Street. Other local musicians include Shopkeep, Common Ground, Andy & Amanda, and a student showcase from Town Center Music. Everetts Music Barn will host national bluegrass touring acts Taylor Sosebee, Appalachian Travelers, and Bluegrass Alliance.
Huthmaker Violins will host bluegrass band Uncle Johnnys Pickers and feature a violin petting zoo, for those interested in learning to play the strings. Children can make their own shakers with Suwanee Academy of the Arts, then join Up/Down Percussion in a drum circle/jam session in the heart of Main Street at 8:00 pm.
The event kicks off at 6:00 pm and closes at 10:00 pm. Parking will be available at Town Center; from there, it is a short ten-minute walk to the shuttle stop at the library, or 15-minutes for the full walk to Old Town. A full schedule of venues and musicians can be found at Suwanee.com. For more information regarding the City of Suwanees Summer Porch Jam event, please contact Events Coordinator Kim Towne at 770-945-8996.