Local tunes
by Sally Litchfield
MDJ Features Editor
September 04, 2009 01:00 AM | 1722 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local band Mazie Weeper will be among the acts performing at the Marietta Grassroots Music Festival on Sept. 12 at Glover Park on the Marietta Square.
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Marietta Grassroots is celebrating community by getting back to basics with a free community concert showcasing local talent. A dynamic group of up and coming musicians with perform at the first annual Marietta Grassroots Music Festival on Sept. 12 from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. in Glover Park at the Marietta Square.

Marietta Grassroots is an outreach program created to provide safe, family-friendly events and activities with a special focus on showcasing local talent from the diverse cultures present in Marietta and surrounding communities, explained Suzanne Murphy, President of Marietta Grassroots.

"Our vision is to build upon and strengthen the foundation of community pride that is present today and encourage a pay-it-forward attitude," says Murphy. For more information on the event, visit www.mariettagrassroots.org.

The featured music talent at the festival will include bands and solo artists: Tim Nichols Band, Mazie Weeper, Acorn Ridge, Tori Bigelow, Tim & Kate, Andy Smith, Jeff Silver and Rusted Soul. Each will perform for 30-45 minutes.

"We're celebrating the simple things in life and core values of the community, along with the talents that each member brings to the community to make it what it is," said Murphy.

"The diversities of talents and efforts and things that everybody contributes to the community to make it what it is, I think is sometimes overlooked," said Murphy. "There are so many people who need to be thanked, from the sanitation worker to the policemen who keep us safe."

The focus of the family event is on the positive, remarked Murphy.

"Every single one of us is important, every single one of us add value," she said. "We want to celebrate this."

Marietta Grassroots plans on conducting other family-oriented community events throughout the year. Plans for an upcoming Soap Box Derby are in the works.

"We believe repetitive, positive acts and activities produce positive ripples that radiate outward and transform lives," said Murphy. "Our goal is to keep these ripples in constant motion through various activities and events, creating waves of kindness, patience and goodwill."

"I think that it (the festival) will serve to strengthen the foundation that's already there," she said.
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