The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are the opening act for the 3rd annual Wings Over North Georgia live concert series Saturday, October 25th. Four of North Georgia’s top bands will take the stage immediately after the Thunderbirds’ only fall performance in the South East outside of Florida.
“We’ve expanded the Saturday airshow and BBQ Classic competition hours into the evening to encourage fans to stay for the Smoke-n-Thunder Concert Series,” said airshow director John Cowman. “And for a grand finale we’ve got a night-time airshow and patriotic fireworks display to wrap up the entire evening.”
Wings Over North Georgia recruited not just one headliner for the airshow’s live music stage but four top North Georgia hometown bands. The styles range from award-winning country and folk/Americana to classic and alternative rock.
As soon as the Thunderbirds roar out of sight from the flight line at Russell Regional Airport, the first band takes the Smoke-n-Thunder stage right next to the BBQ tasting area. The 4-hour concert series wraps up in time for a night-time air show beginning at 8:45 pm, followed by a fireworks grand finale.
EXPANDED SATURDAY EVENING ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP
4:30pm: The only Blue Brothers tribute band from Georgia – “The Georgia Blues Brothers”
5:45pm: From Rome, GA – Alt. country/rock band “The Holler” – the Judge’s Choice winner at the 2014 State Mutual Battle of the Bands
6:30pm: From Calhoun, GA – 6 piece Folk/Americana band “The Kamikaze Dali”
7:15pm: From Dahlonega, GA – Country veterans “The Kurt Thomas Band” – headlining the airshow after opening for some of the biggest names in country music including Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, LeAnn Rimes, Gary Alan, Darius Rucker, and Zac Brown Band.
8:45-9:30pm: “Night Air Show” – Nationally renowned airshow demonstrations by the U.S. Army Ft. Benning Silver Wings, Parachute Jump Team; Buck Roetman, Wild Horse Aviation; Bob Carlton, Vertigo Airshows; Jerry “Jive” Kirby, Wild Blue Aviation and Bill “Rocket Man” Braack, firing up the 10,000 Horsepower Smoke-n-Thunder “BBQ Classic” Jet Car.
9:30pm: “Patriotic Fireworks Tribute”