A Golden Moment for a Gwinnett Music Institution

Everett's Music Barn in Suwanee, Ga. (Credit: Steve Burns.)

Everett’s Music Barn in Suwanee, Ga. (Credit: Steve Burns.)

A Gwinnett County musical institution is about to celebrate a  memorable anniversary.

Everett’s Music Barn, which is on a site that has hosted bluegrass performances since the 1960s, including some by nationally known performers, will be celebrating a golden anniversary soon.

According to a Facebook post, the site, which is in Old Town Suwanee, will host a 50th Anniversary Benefit Celebration on April 11-12, 2014.

Local and national performers will play during the two-day event, which will run from 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday and 1 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. (Bluegrass at midnight! Yee haw!)

The iconic site’s musical roots are tied to the tragic 1964 slaying of several Gwinnett County police officers. One of the slain officers was Jerry Everett, the uncle of current music barn soundman and curator Tommy Everett.

The crime was chronicled in the book “Judas Deputy” by former Atlanta Police officer Mackie Carson.

The music barn’s legacy was threatened in 2010 with the death of Roger Everett, the last of the generation that made the weekly Saturday night performances a tradition. But three local families stepped up to buy the property, and the weekly performances resumed in April 2011.

Also, the site came out from under the local radar in 2012 when the City of Suwanee held a citywide picnic there to roll out its long-term planning efforts.

— Will you attend Everett’s Music Barn’s 50th anniversary event? Leave a comment below.


About Steve Burns

I live in the Atlanta area. I also lived for many years in Southern California. I'm into mainstream media, social media, sports, business and politics. I worked for AOL's Patch, but this is my personal blog. I'm on Twitter (@bsteve76), Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest. See ya 'round!
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