Sixty-two years after the founding of Dalton's Friendship House, the fourth annual Friendship House Music Festival is Saturday, Aug. 24, from 4 to 11 p.m.
Jupiter Coyote, a 27-year-old group whose style is dubbed as mountain rock for their mixture of Southern Appalachian boogie, bluegrass-infused funk rock, headlines one of the largest music festivals in northwest Georgia.
In addition to Jupiter Coyote, the Friendship House Music Festival welcomes a varied lineup to the Shaw Industries Stage at Dalton Green in Downtown Dalton. Among those performing are Allgood, a classic 1990s blues-rock band featuring Dalton natives Clay Fuller and Mike Sain; The Band of Heathens, a group striving to infuse a spirit of brotherhood, hope and understanding, liberty and justice for all into their covers; and thE Core-Clapton Live, a group of industry veterans (including Fuller) that focus on the exploration of the timeless catalog of rock legend Eric Clapton.
The festival at Dalton Green, on Selvidge Street next to the Whitfield County Courthouse, also features a variety of food trucks to appeal to attendees' appetites.
Participating vendors include Amaizeing Eats, Cheesecake Heaven, Georgia's Good Burger, The Green Tambourine, Kona Ice of Dalton and Loncheria La Reyna.
Other available activities include a giant Jenga game, cornhole, the Dalton Green playground and from 3 to 6 p.m. a Create and Play Studio for children.
Ticket prices for the day are general admission, $25; student admission, $15; and VIP admission, $50.
The Friendship House Music Festival VIP Experience includes one event ticket, exclusive food offerings, on-site, air-conditioned bathrooms, a signature welcome drink, access to a VIP bar, stage viewing and an electronics charging station.
Friendship House Music Festival sponsors are Shaw Industries, Mohawk Industries, Textile Rubber & Chemical Co., Dalton Plastic Surgery and Dalton Utilities.
Friendship House began in 1957 with a mission of addressing the needs of residents living in Happy Top, a poverty-stricken area of Dalton near Waugh Street. Women's groups from area churches joined to teach mothers about childcare, start a kindergarten program for preschoolers and provide clothing for those in need.
The ladies opened a thrift store to help fund those projects.
The centerpiece of all of these efforts was a wooden chapel which sat on a site adjacent to the current Creative Arts Guild building.
The needs changed following urban renewal, and Friendship House has continued to evolve to meet the needs of the community.
All Friendship House Music Festival proceeds go to support Friendship House, which is now a childcare center, learning center and preschool whose mission statement is: "Our mission is to provide quality, available, affordable childcare. It is our belief that each child possesses unique abilities, talents and needs. Our goal is to design a program within the Friendship House Child Care Center which will benefit each child emotionally, mentally, physically and socially."
For more information on the Friendship House Music Festival, go to www.fhmusicfestival.com.