Buford to host a night of music, food and art

BUFORD — Need a night with live music, art, food and shopping? Look no further.

On Saturday, the city of Buford hosts its third annual All That Jazz on Main event from 5 to 10 p.m. The admission is free.

Couples, friends and family are invited to attend the yearly tradition in downtown historic Buford.

This year’s headliners are Joey Sommerville and Eric Essix. Sommerville found his passion for music and the trumpet in church.

“When I was a teenager, I would judge the caliber of my playing by the number of people in the congregation who ‘got happy,’” he said. “If you aren’t touching the listener’s soul, then you aren’t really playing music. Soul communication is the key.”

Essix also found inspiration in his church and respects the music he has fallen in love with.

“I have never personally considered myself to be a jazz artist in the truest sense of the word as it relates to the tradition of the music. But, I think because my music is predominately instrumental, I have been labeled a jazz guitarist — which is fine … I get it,” he said. “However, I also understand that jazz requires a certain amount of study and discipline and, for guitarists, there is a very distinct vocabulary and sound that I have not put in the time to master like so many of my contemporaries. …”

Other groups to perform through the night include Capital City Xpress, Betty Seni with Mike Kirkpatrick and the B.A. Project with Duluth Idol’s Annabel.

There is reserved seating with candlelight for those interested. It is $15 per person.

For more information or to reserve a table, visit www.visitbuford.com, call 770-271-4394 or email mainstreet@visitbuford.com.