Cumberland Trio

Cutline for Cumberland Trio. The Cumberland Trio Folk Band along with guests Lou and
Lynn Wamp brought 50 years of musical prowess and featured some amazing harmonies
and instrumentation. PHOTO BY RANDY LEWIS

Mountain MusicFest ’17 a Crowd Pleaser

By Rita Vann Fleet

Occasional showers didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Big Canoe residents and guests who attended the inaugural Mountain MusicFest ’17 at Playfield Park June 24. Four diverse bands: Off the Record, Cumberland Trio Folk Band, 8th of January and Suburban Road entertained the crowd with an eclectic mix of pop, rock, bluegrass, country, folk, blues, and soul music. 

The four-hour program featuring 17 musicians, who volunteered their time and talent, included renditions of everything from John Denver to bluegrass, gospel and folk favorites, to the Marshall Tucker Band and Lynard Skynard. Professional sound was provided by Markfort Enterprises. Festival celebrations included vendor tents and giveaways, kids’ games picnics, and dancing on Playfield.

Big Canoe residents who served as event co-chairs included Brad Morgan with Suburban Road, Bob Knysz,with 8th of January, Shiraz Alikhan with Off the Record, and Tom Kilpatrick with the Cumberland Trio Folk Band.

“The goal for Mountain MusicFest ‘17 was to provide a unique musical event to Big Canoe with the ultimate goal of bringing the community together with a true festival atmosphere,” said Morgan. “I believe we accomplished just that and am very grateful for the support of all those who contributed to the event’s beneficiary, the Big Canoe Wellness Collaborative.”

“We truly appreciated the sense of community that pervaded the event,” said Alikhan, a Wellness Collaborative board member.

Thank you to the volunteers who were coordinated by Bob Keesecker and Barb Schirmer, the sponsors, the POA, the Wildflower Bunch, Big Canoe Public Safety, Big Canoe Public Works and the Big Canoe property owners and guests who helped make Mountain MusicFest ’17 a success.

This year’s generous donations will support Collaborative expenses including enterprise software, insurance and projects. The Wellness Collaborative ( is a 501-(c)(3) organization that supports the residents in Big Canoe with BC Rides, BC Meals, BC Visits, BC Info.”

Tom Kilpatrick agreed. “We appreciate the generosity of our sponsors and attendees. Premier and Gold sponsors included Anchor Marketing, BB&T, Big Canoe Realty, Bob & Carolyn Mackey, Costco - Cumming, Epic Brokers, Fran Farias - State Farm Agent, IBMSECU, Justin Adams - Farmers Insurance Agent, Northside Hospital - Canton, Parish Lowrie - State Farm Agent, Rita Van Fleet, SoundLab Music Studios, Southern Chemical & Textiles, Summit East West Friends and Neighbors, and Wayside Animal Hospital. Thanks also to our Silver and Bronze sponsors and the MMF ‘17 attendees whose generous cash donations helped to make Mountain MusicFest ‘17 a huge success!”

Bob Knysz looks to the future. “We live in a community that greatly appreciates and supports music. The overwhelming generosity of the sponsors and the turnout at the event indicate the possibility of seeking other opportunities for Mountain MusicFest to support the Big Canoe community, while bringing property owners great, family-oriented entertainment. The organizers have discussed the possibility of a repeat of Mountain MusicFest for 2018 and are currently exploring ideas for that.”






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