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Wire And Wood Music Festival Set For October 7 - 8

Released July 15, 2022 10:31 AM
Wire & Wood returns to downtown Alpharetta on Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, from 5:00 PM –until 11:00 PM. The FREE admission music festival will host more than thirty performances by national, regional, and local performers representing a variety of musical genres, including Rock, Country, Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, and more. This year's event will feature headliners Samm Henshaw on Friday night and Eric Hutchinson on Saturday night. In addition to music, fans can enjoy food from 30+ local restaurants, many of which will offer special dishes and festival to-go packages.

Produced by the City of Alpharetta, Wire & Wood brings together an eclectic mix of artists to perform their original songs and tell the stories that inspired them. Wire & Wood 2022 will feature six outdoor stages throughout Alpharetta's thriving downtown retail and business district. Stage locations include Milton Avenue, Canton Street, Market Street, and the Town Green, plus two stages in Brooke Street Park and the Formal Garden next to Alpharetta City Hall. 

Attendees can also enjoy performances showcasing local musicians within restaurants and businesses participating in the City of Alpharetta's Music Match program. As part of a continuous initiative to highlight local talent while bringing a vibrant music scene to downtown Alpharetta, Music Match and its partners, City of Alpharetta, Fulton County Arts & Culture, and the Alpharetta Convention & Visitor's Bureau are dedicated to positioning the City as Alpharetta Music City.

Wire & Wood will kick off Friday night with a special performance from South London-born singer/songwriter Samm Henshaw. The son of a reverend, Henshaw grew up on gospel music and began writing worship songs for the church at the age of 15, drawing inspiration from artists such as Kirk Franklin, Lauryn Hill, and Marvin Gaye. This emerging artist's full-length debut, Untidy Soul, finds Henshaw joining forces with A-list producer Pop Wansel (Megan Thee Stallion, Kehlani) and collaborating with Pharrell Williams. Henshaw's sound drifts between a joyful convergence of rootsy old-school soul, R&B, hip-hop, blues, jazz, gospel, and pop, blending heavenly harmonies and time-bending beats. His 2019 release "Church" - a high-powered collaboration with Atlanta-based duo EARTHGANG has amassed over 21 million Spotify streams. NPR featured Samm Henshaw on their Slingshot 2021 Artists to Watch list.

Saturday night, the festival will showcase Eric Hutchinson. Hutchinson's sound combining good vibes and warm-hearted grooves, has evolved during his two (2) decade-long career as a singer and songwriter. The international platinum-selling seasoned touring artist has performed in all 50 states and shared the stage with acts such as Jason Mraz, Kelly Clarkston, Amos Lee, Ingrid Michaelson, O.A.R, OneRepublic, and Michael Franti. His pop-soul single "Rock & Roll" earned him his first US gold record and became a #1 hit in several countries. His 2019 release Before & After Life is a complex, contemplative, and jazz-tinged record that continues his pattern of genre-hopping. After diving into the Americana/soul of Modern Happiness and the 90's alt-rock escapades of Class of 98, Before & After Life finds Eric exploring a Pop-based, Jazz-rooted sound that calls to mind artists like Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell. The opening track, "The Best Part," sets the tone with a joyous melody, vibrant horns, and a dancing piano. To help shape his latest project, Eric recruited an entirely new band, an elite group of some of New York City's world-class jazz musicians. Hutchinson has earned legions of loyal fans through his storytelling and spirited live performances.

For additional details on Wire & Wood, including artist announcements, event schedules, and parking information, please visit https://wireandwoodalpharetta.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @wireandwoodfest.

Wire & Wood 2022 sponsors include the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau.