Sons of Sailors to close out concert series tonight

It might not be Margaritaville, but downtown Lawrenceville might seem a little more tropical tonight.

Channeling the quintessential six-string strumming beach bum, Jimmy Buffett tribute band Sons of Sailors will close out the 2009 Moonlight & Music Concert Series with its signature brand of saltwater songs and an "islandy Parrothead attitude," band frontman Tony Pritchett said.

Blending up some Buffett classics with a dash of other artists, Sons of Sailors will render a musical concoction that will likely have concert-goers thinking of palm trees, sunshine and sinking their toes in sand.

"We try our dead level best to become a Jimmy Buffett experience," Pritchett said. "As far as the music goes, we hope that everyone will say it was like being at a Jimmy Buffett concert."

Tonight will be the Athens-based band's first time performing in the annual downtown Lawrenceville concert series, and Pritchett is hoping for nice weather for the outdoor performance.

"We love playing outdoors," he said. "There's just something about being under the stars. There's some magic about being outdoors that we really enjoy."

Fall in full swing

It's not fully fall in Duluth until arts and crafts vendors and festival-goers fill the Town Green.

The 27th annual Duluth Fall Festival is expected to draw thousands of people to the downtown area, where more than 250 artists and craft makers, selected based on the quality of their craftsmanship and the uniqueness of their products, will offer pottery, glassware, furniture, wood crafts, decorative accessories, clothing, jewelry and more.

Zone coordinators will be on hand to assist festival-goers in locating specific vendors as a new vendor area has been added to the overall festival area. Dubbed "Park East" and situated between the downtown railroad tracks and Main Street, the paved lot has allowed organizers to add a third music venue, the Park East stage, where musicians Lisa Lynne and George Tortorelli will perform on the Celtic harp, the Appalacian dulcimer and other unique instruments.

More than 20 acts are planned throughout the course of the two-day festival, including an appearance by the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

The complete entertainment schedule is available online at www.duluthfallfestival.com.

SideBar: If You Go

· What: Final concert in the Moonlight & Music Concert Series featuring Sons of Sailors

· When: 8 p.m. today

· Where: Gwinnett Historic Courthouse lawn at 185 Crogan St. in Lawrenceville

· Cost: Free for lawn seating

· For more information: Visit www.visitlawrenceville.com