Albany music fest only days away

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Throwdown music festival starts Friday, are organizers are busy getting the Exchange Club fairgrounds ready to host the crowds.

Dozens of artists are set to perform over three days, including some big name chart-toppers. And while organizers say it's the first ever event of its kind here in Albany, they're sure the three day festival will be a success.

Lots of coffee, lots of volunteers, and more than 10 months of planning have gone into preparing for Albany's first Georgia Throwdown.

"It's 24 hours a day of work until Friday and right now the main stage is going up and then tomorrow the other stages will start going up," said SOWEGA Team Member Bo Henry.

There'll be three main outside stages and one smaller inside acoustic stage along with tons of food and craft vendors.

Organizers say it takes a lot of work to put on an event this size but with the help of volunteers and non-profit groups, it's sure to be an unforgettable weekend.

"It's just a community wide event with a lot of people helping out and the main thing now is we just hope the public comes and supports it," said Henry.

More than 60 bands including big names like Big and Rich, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Uncle Kracker are set to perform, something organizers say has never happened in this area.

"In Albany a lot of times people say there's not a lot going on well I promise you this weekend there is so the only thing is local and southwest Georgia is what we're trying to draw from. What they have to do is come out and support it and show that they want something like this here," Henry said.

So get your friends and family and grab your dancing shoes because this weekend is sure to be a good time.

You can either get those online at or at 340 creative group, Harvest Moon, Blush Boutique, Reynolds and Shugart Insurance, and Mary Acres Restaurant. Tickets per day are $45 in advance or $55 at the gate. Or you can purchase a three day pass for $85.

Gates open Friday at three and the music will continue until Sunday at 11.

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