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Velcro Pygmies Coming to North Georgia!

Apr 20, 2022 -- 5:36pm

"Velcro Pygmies" (Family Friendly Concert - Kids Welcome)


Special Guest Opener Concert - "Aunt Betty"



Northwest Georgia Amphitheater - 2.2 miles off of I-75, 15 mins from Chattanooga, TN

Venue Address: Benton Place Campus, 220 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga 30736


Gates Open at 6pm

"Aunt Betty" on stage at 7pm

"Velcro Pygmies" take the stage at 8pm


Hailing from Louisville, Ky, the World Famous "Velcro Pygmies" want to take you on a journey - back to a time when music was in its prime. Back when hair was big but Rock "n" Roll was bigger... when a 17 second guitar solo ruled the stage ... back to the time when stain-washed denim of the 80's ruled the summer....."They ain't looking for nothing but a good time, and it don't get better than this!" 

It has been said that the "Velcro Pygmies" are the old Van Halen for a new generation, ruling the stage like a Rock and Roll army.


Come Kick Off Summer 2022 to an Outdoor Venue with Easy Parking and a great venue - No Bad Seats! 

General Admission $25 - Bring 1 folding chair per person or seating is available on concrete risers. 

General Admission Kids 12 & Under $15 - Bring 1 folding chair per child or seating on concrete risers available.

Gates open at 6pm. Music begins at 7pm

*V.I.P Admission $55 - Stage Patio - Chairs will be provided, Meet & Greet, V.I.P. Lanyard,  

V.I.P Cash Bar near V.I.P. Seating and V.I.P. Fast Entry Gate will be available.

*General Admission $25 - 1 Lawn Chair per person Allowed 

* General Admission Kids $15 12 & under - 1 Lawn Chair per child Allowed

(No Coolers, No Outside Food or Drink, No Blankets and No Re-Entry Allowed - No Exceptions) 


Handicap Accessible Venue


Because this is a Benefit Concert, No Refunds will be issued.  

No Blankets, No Outside Coolers, No Re-Entry will be allowed - No Exceptions  


All bags will be checked at gate.  

Security Detail will be onsite at all times.   


Refreshments and Various Snack Items will be available for purchase. (Drinks offered will be Bottled Water, Lemonade, Canned Soft Drinks & Beer.)  


This concert is a Benefit Event for the Building Fund of Crossroads Unity Family Park * All Ages * All Abilities * Dedicated to all US Veterans - A Very Unique Plan for a Playground with special emphasis towards Adults with Disabilities, enabling them to interactively be a part of their children's play experience on a playground campus.


Emcee for the Evening:

All net profits to benefit the Building Fund for the future Crossroads Unity Family Park, Ringgold, Ga. * An "All Ability, All Ages" playground with special emphasis on Adults with Disabilities which will enable them to travel throughout the playground for a fun day of play with their children. In honor of all Disabled U.S. Veterans and in Memory of U.S. Marine Corporal Troy Dyer, Vietnam Veteran 1949-2002. 


Contact us at: crossroadsunity@gmail.com. Find and Like us on Facebook! Website: crossroadsunity.org


Own a Business and want outstanding advertising exposure?

Ask us about our GREAT Sponsor Packages -  

Crystal Package - $400 Includes 2 sponsor concert tickets, special seating with chairs provided, lanyards, Company Name on Joint Sponsor Banner to be Displayed at Venue  

Bronze Package - $800 Includes 4 sponsor concert tickets, 4 drink tumblers or water bottles, special seating with chairs provided, sponsor lanyards, Company Name on 3X6 Banner to be displayed at Venue.

Gold Package - $1500 Includes 6 sponsor concert tickets, 6 drink tumblers or water bottles, special seating with chairs provided, sponsor lanyards, Company Name on 3X6 Banner to be Displayed at Venue. Grass area on top level for Company to set up their own awning and distribute company literature, brochures or samples.

Silver Package - $2000 Includes 8 sponsor concert tickets, 8 drink tumblers or water bottles, special seating with chairs provided, lanyards, Company Name on 4X8 Banner to be Displayed at Venue. Grass area on top level for Company to set up their own awning and distribute company literature, brochures or samples.

Platinum Super Package -$5000 Includes 10 sponsor concert tickets, 10 drink tumblers or water bottles, special center Super Sponsor seating with chairs provided, lanyards, Company Name on 4X8 Banner. Grass area on top level for Company to set up their own awning and distribute company literature, brochures or samples. Exclusive Product set-up area at Front Gate Entrance for display of products - Motorcycles, Cars, R.V.'s, etc. Stage will be named the "Platinum Super Sponsor (Company Name) Stage" the night of the event. 4X8 Banner to be displayed on Stage (Only 1 Platinum Super Sponsor Package available for this event.) 


For more information - Email us at: crossroadsunity@gmail.com

Northwest Georgia's Own Georgia Thunderbolts Perform Hometown Show Feb. 19

Feb 09, 2022 -- 3:35pm


Rome's own The Georgia Thunderbolt's will perform a hometown show at Peaches, 325 Broad Str., Rome, Saturday February 19.

You can win tickets on the Rebel Wednesday (Feb. 16 and Thursday (Feb. 17.  However, if you fail to win you can purchase tickets by going online at: https://www.bigtickets.com/events/rome-ga-peaches/georgia-thunderbolts--rome-ga-peaches-2-19-22/

The bands five members hail from Armuchee and Taylorsville. Members are: Bristol Perry (drummer) Armuchee; Riley Couzzourt (lead guitar) Armuchee; TJ Lyle (lead singer, harmonica, keyboards) Taylorsville; Zach Everett (bass guitar, backing vocals) Taylorsville;  and  Logan Tolbert (rhythm and lead guitar) Taylorsville.

They all still live in the same places they grew up in. They claim Rome as their base since starting out.  It's where they played the most and it is a midway point between Armuchee and Taylorsville. 
Bristol Perry - (drummer) and Riley Couzzourt (lead guitar) both went to  Armuchee High School.  As for the three Taylorsville boys, Logan Tolbert went to Adairsville, TJ Lyle went to Woodland and Zach went to Cartersville High School. 
Bristol and Riley formed a local band in high school called South of Heaven. They met Zach Everett (bass player, backing vocals) and TJ Lyle (lead vocals, keyboards and harmonica) at an open mic night at Sixes Tavern in Cartersville.  Once they started playing together they realized to play the music they wanted to they needed a second guitar player and that's when Logan Tolbert (rhythm/lead guitar) came into the band.  They continued to do local shows at restaurants and venues around Rome and Cartersville such as Schroeders and the Brewhouse. 
They got the opportunity to open for The Kentucky Headhunters at the Chattooga County fair back in 2017. The guitarist for the Headhunters Richard Young was in his bus listening with the window open when the  The Georgia Thunderbolt's kicked off.  He came out of the bus and stood beside the stage for the  whole set.  When the guys came off stage he asked (with his cigar hanging out of his mouth) "you boys wanna make a record?"  Of course that answer was a resounding YES!  He also took the band on and is their manager as well. 
In January of 2018 the Thunderbolts went to Glasgow Kentucky to start on their indie record and completed it that summer.  They were opening shows for The Kentucky Headhunters, Ace Frehley, Cadillac Three, Molly Hatchet and others to get their name out there.  In the summer of 2019, Ron Burman a record executive for Mascot Records, based overseas in the Netherlands with offices in the US, came down from New York to hear the guys play at the Basement in Nashville TN for a showcase.  Not long after that they were offered a deal with Mascot to record their first major record release worldwide.  They went back in the studio and cut a few more tracks for the album which was set to release in the fall of 2020 and then the pandemic hit. That of course pushed everything back.  They then decided to release a 5 song EP in the fall of 2020 and release the album in the fall of 2021. 
Their album, Can We Get a Witness, has received rave reviews from magazines and websites such as Classic Rock and Rolling Stone Country It was one of Rock and Blues Muse's top 10 albums of the year. Riley was also featured on the Cover of  Vintage Guitar Magazines New Gear Yearbook. 
They have toured with Black Stone Cherry (Richard Young's son John Fred Young is the drummer for this band) and have played dates with Blackberry Smoke. They will be heading up north with the Outlaws beginning the first week of March for a few weeks. This weekend they will be with Deep Purple down in St. Petersburg Florida. Their summer schedule is filling up nicely. 
Proud of their hometown,  all the videos on the band's  YouTube channel were filmed in the Rome or Taylorsville area.  The Lend A Hand video was filmed at the Lindale Mill  in Rome.  The club scenes in Take it Slow were filmed at Peaches Bar in downtown Rome.   So You Wanna Change the World was filmed in downtown Cartersville and Taylorsville.  Looking for an Old Friend has drone shots from the downtown Rome area and was also filmed in a field in Taylorsville. 
The Georgia Thunderbolts  love to show off their hometowns in most everything they do. They are proud to be from NWGA. 
And they love to play anytime they can in Atlanta/NWGA and surrounding areas.  But Rome, they say, is their favorite because it"s home. 

For more Georgia Thunderbolts videos, check them out on You Tube.

Summerville Narcotics Anonymous Chapter Meets Twice Weekly

Feb 04, 2022 -- 2:49pm


The Summerville Chapter of Narcotics Anonymous meets twice weekly and invites you to attend.

Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at 172 Farrar Drive, Summerville.


Here's How You Can Help Kentuckians In Crisis

Dec 13, 2021 -- 3:02pm

Kentuckians are generous in a crisis, and this weekend was no different as people statewide and across the country asked how they could support those affected by devastating tornadoes.

Below is a list of ways to help.

Donate to relief funds

Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund 

Gov. Andy Beshear has established a fund to assist tornado victims and begin rebuilding. Donate at secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Finance/WKYRelief or by sending a check to Public Protection Cabinet, 500 Mero St., 218 NC, Frankfort, KY 40601.

American Red Cross 

Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999.

Aspire Appalachia 

Send donations to paypal@aspireappalachia.org or PO Box 1255, Jackson, KY 41339.


The nonprofit based in Atlanta is partnering with Louisville's Change Today, Change Tomorrow to distribute food, water and cash vouchers to affected families. Donate to the tornado relief fund here.

Global Empowerment Mission

The disaster relief nonprofit based in Miami is sending trucks of supplies to western Kentucky, in partnership with Racing Louisville and Louisville City Football Club. Donate funds at globalempowermentmission.org/mission/kentucky-tornadoes/.

Global Giving 

The D.C.-based nonprofit has established a Midwest US Tornado Relief Fund at globalgiving.org/projects/midwest-tornado-relief-fund/.

Kentucky Counseling Center

The organization is collecting donations that counselors and social workers in Graves County will distribute to affected families. Donate at kentuckycounselingcenter.com/mayfield-fund/.

Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund 

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine has established a GoFundMe page collecting donations at gofundme.com/f/ukcom-student-effort-for-tornado-relief-in-ky.

Kentucky Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters 

Visit kentuckyvoad.org/.

Mayfield Graves County Tornado Relief 

Mayfield-Graves County United Way has set up a GoFundMe to collect donations at gofundme.com/f/mayfield-graves-county-tornado-relief. Find other verified fundraisers at gofundme.com/c/act/tornado-outbreak-fundraisers.

Marshall County Fund 

The Marshall County Nonprofit Foundation has established a Venmo account to take funds at @MCNPF.

Mercy Chefs

The nonprofit that serves meals following natural disasters has set up at His House Ministries, 1250 KY-303, Mayfield, Kentucky, and will distribute food over the next few days. Donate funds at https://mercychefs.com/donation.

Relevant Church 

The church in Mayfield, Kentucky, is taking donations for a tornado relief fund at wearerelevant.churchcenter.com/giving/to/mayfield-tornado-relief.

Rise and Shine 

The mutual aid group in Bowling Green is taking donations through Venmo at @riseandshinebgky.

Salvation Army 

Visit helpsalvationarmy.org and donate to the Salvation Army Western KY Disaster Relief Fundraiser on Facebook.

United Way of Kentucky 

The agency has set up a donation site specifically for tornado victims. Visit uwky.org/tornado.

Western KY Tornado Victims

Bremen resident Courtney Cozee has established a GoFundMe at gofundme.com/f/western-ky-tornado-vitamins

Western Kentucky Red Cross Disaster Relief Fundraiser 

Find the online fundraiser on Facebook







New Year's Eve Gala In Ringgold

Dec 07, 2021 -- 4:35pm
A night of fun & laughter at the Ringgold Depot New Year's Eve. 
Dinner will be provided by Olive Garden, live band (Misfit Toyz), midnight toast and a cash bar.
Proceeds from the is event will go to into the building funds for Crossroads Unity Family Park. A table for 8 will be $600.00 and you can pay an additional $20.00 to decorate your own table for a chance to win a ribbon and trophy or individual tickets are $75.00 each.
You're invited out for a night of dancing and celebrating and it's LOCAL,  all the while helping raise money for the playground.
About Crossroads Unity Family Park...
This Playground will provide a Family Environment that is accessible for all family members regardless of physical or cognitive ability.
Mission Statement
Crossroads Family Unity Park strives to enrich the quality of life for all citizens and encourage long-term community stability and growth through an inclusive atmosphere. The playground
environment will serve the physical, social, sensory, cognitive and emotional needs of families of all abilities. This Park is designed to provide an atmosphere of healing and bonding for families of our disabled veterans, whose sacrifices have improved the way of life for all citizens of The United States of America. 

If You Just Want To Drive Around And Look At Christmas Lights...

Dec 02, 2021 -- 3:40pm
Remember driving around with the family just to look at Christmas lights every holiday? We do too.  So we made a list of places you can go to check it out this season. 
Dec 1st-Dec 31st
18 Riverwood Lndg Dallas, GA 30157
Dec 1st- Dec 31st
Crider Creek Rd Temple,GA 30179
Every Friday & Saturday
Dec 3rd-Dec 18th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
2056 Hiram Douglasville Hwy, Hiram GA 30141
Nov 26th - Dec 26th
6:00pm - 10:00pm
20 Valley Dr Hiram GA, 30141
$13 per person
Dec 2nd- 23rd
6:00pm- 9:00pm
1881 Stockmar Rd, Villa Rica GA 30180
Dec 13th- Dec 28th
6:00pm- 10:00pm
235 Cedar Mill Lane Woodstock, GA 30189
Nov 28th-Dec 25th
391 Walnut Drive Woodstock, GA 30189
Nov 28th-Jan 2nd
Sun - Thurs 6:00pm-10:00pm
Fri-Sat 6:00pm-11:00pm
3848 Rivers Run Trace NW Acworth, GA
Nov 27th-Dec 26th
3699 Autumn View Dr NW Acworth, GA 30101
Dec 1st-Dec 31st
224 Oliver Overlook Dallas, GA 30132
Nov 27th-Dec 31st
2540 Cedartown Hwy Rockmart,GA 30153
Dec 1st-Dec 31st
2008 Palladium Drive Kennesaw, GA
Dec 1st- Jan 1st
5268 Seamus Way Powder Springs, GA 30127
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