October 27, 2014

Alpharetta-Roswell Revue & News

Wire & Wood: Alpharetta makes beautiful music at songfest

Concert goers come from all over

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Wire & Wood Songwriters Festival filled downtown Alpharetta with music, people and good times.  Local and nationally touring songwriters combined with a glorious Georgia October afternoon and evening to create a magical event that drew visitors from near and far.  John Barranca lives just steps away from the main stage on Milton Avenue. As he sat at a table with friends, he said the day had been a success.

“It’s awesome. The music is great, and the venue doesn’t get any better than this,” Barranca said.  His buddy, John Revell of Roswell, agreed.  “The festival is just great. Sit back, listen to good music, eat some food and drink beer,” Revell said.  Nicole and Duane Schuler from Canton said they were going to the airport to catch a 10 p.m. flight, but they had to stop for the festival.  “We were driving by, and just had to stop,” Nicole Schuler said. “My husband said, ‘We’re going to hang around here tonight.’ So that’s what we’re doing.”

But if you really want to give a prize for “Traveled the Farthest,” it would have to go to Tracy McClain who came all the way from Seattle just to hear Michael Tolcher perform.  “Michael has a national following, and he’s releasing an album soon,” McClain said. “He’s really cool. I just love to listen – and watch him sing.”  All in all, it was a laid-back atmosphere. Mini-concerts nearby at SmokeJack, Hop Alley Brew Pub and South Main Kitchen contributed to the ambience.  People relaxed around tables or sat back in groups in the chairs they brought from home and just went with the flow as the sky darkened and the music played on.

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