Local acts and house bands dominate the country bar scene this weekend as the holiday season nears. Without the usual big-name country acts performing, this would be a great weekend to check out the Swallow at the Hollow in Roswell.
Ever wanted to visited Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café – or wish you could return more often? The Swallow at the Hollow is a great local alternative: country music’s top singer/songwriters performing their tunes and sharing the stories behind the songs.
The Swallow – located at 1072 Green Street, near the Canton Street-Alpharetta Street intersection -- serves up home cooking and live music five nights a week. On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, there is no cover charge as local artists play for dinner patrons beginning at 6:30. But the real “Bluebird” experience comes Friday and Saturday nights as Nashville songwriters put on a two-hour show.
For example, at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (December 18-19), Dave Pahanish and Craig Monday will perform. Pahanish penned Toby Keith’s latest #1 hit, “American Ride.” He also provided Jimmy Wayne’s last two singles, writing the chart-topping “Do You Believe Me Now?” and co-writing “I Will.” Monday is a writer and performer who co-wrote “It Got A Little Crazy Last Night.” Cover charge is $15. For reservations, call (678) 352-1975.
While veteran Bluebird visitors know the café can be a little cramped, and the dining choices, shall we saw, limited, neither is the case at the Swallow. There’s plenty of space and a homemade menus that includes barbeque beef and pork, ribs, homemade bread and butter pickles, breads – even chocolate chip banana pudding. You don’t have to eat to attend a show, but it can be convenient to do both.
So, for a unique taste of Nashville in the northern Atlanta suburbs, drop in at the Swallow, reach into that huge canoe stuffed with beer and pull up a comfortable seat to enjoy country music with a new group of songwriters every weekend.
Elsewhere around town this weekend:
• Friday night at Wild Bill’s in Duluth features 10 martial arts competitions. Admission to “Fight Night” is free with the donation of an unwrapped toy for “Toys for Tots.” The usual honky tonk fun returns on Saturday.
• Check out the bands and weekend fun at Cowboys in Kennesaw, Wild West Bar and Grill in Holly Springs and Ozone Bar & Grill in Covington.
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