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.
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 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.
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