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2 local musicians to perform at 106 West

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

Two singer-songwriters that Gwinnett calls its own will perform together in an event music lovers will not want to miss.

Dacula native Levi Lowrey and South Gwinnett grad Clay Cook will take the stage together at the Winder music venue 106 West tonight.

Cook is an accomplished musician who has recorded and toured with Sugarland, John Mayer, The Marshall Tucker Band and Shawn Mullins. His latest group gig is playing guitar in the Zac Brown Band, while he still performs solo.

Lowrey can trace his musical roots back to his great-great-grandfather and Georgia Music Hall of Famer Gid Tanner and has been making music since he was a child. His signature brand of alternative country drew a standing room-only crowd to 106 West the last time he played there in January.

"It was just an electrifying show," said Becky Tollerson. She and her husband, Thom, manage the Winder music venue, where Lowrey played as a teen and as a young man.

Friday evening's performance will be what Thom Tollerson described as a "song swap," with Cook and Lowrey taking turns playing songs individually and as a duo.

"The last time this was done at 106 West was this spring, with Nashville singer-songwriters Sarah Tollerson and Mike Willis and was a huge success," Thom said. "This should be a dynamic show with lots of musical surprises and delightful playing from both musicians."

Following Friday's performance alongside Cook, Lowrey will return Saturday night for a show with The Community House Band, the group he started in 2006 that's named after the Harbin's Community House in Dacula.

"Drummer Daniel McGill and bassist Jon Daws ... Danny McAdams (playing lead guitar) and backing vocalist Billy Wilkerson blaze up the stage and what you will get is the very best Southern Rock sound around," Thom said. "I'm going to have a blast just doing sound and camera."