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Cumming Rock of Ages festival on Saturday
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Organizers are hoping an upcoming musical festival at the Cumming Fairgrounds is one for the ages.

On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Rosati’s Pizza will host Cumming Rock of Ages at the fairgrounds. The event will feature seven bands, along with food trucks, beer and wine and vendors. 

“I know we wanted to utilize the fairgrounds a little more, so we decided to reach out with the city to see what we could do to utilize that space a little more,” said Jason Sammis, assistant general manager at Rosati’s.

At a glance

Cumming Rock of Ages is headed to the Cumming Fairgrounds next week. Below are the start times for the seven bands playing the festival.

• NAKD: 11–11:45 a.m.

• Voodoo Visionary: 12:15–1:15 p.m.

• The Ultimate Aldean Experience: 1:45–3:15 p.m.

• North Main: 3:45–4:30 p.m.

• Back N Black: 5–6:30 p.m.

• Nightrain: 7–8:30 p.m.

• ZoSo: 9–11 p.m.

Several of the bands will be paying tribute to some of rock and country music’s biggest names, including: Nightrain, who cover Guns N’ Roses; Back N Black, who will be playing hits from AC/DC; and The Ultimate Aldean Tribute, who Sammis said replicated Jason Aldean, all the way down to his tattoos.

Headlining the concert is ZoSo, who Sammis called “probably the best Led Zeppelin cover band out there.” 

“I think everyone is still a little in shock that some of the bands we got are coming up here to play,” Sammis said.

Along with the classics, Rock of Ages will also give a chance for some potential future rock stars to get their feet wet.

“We’re kind of trying to be in the community with [local band] North Main,” Sammis said. “A lot of these kids go to high school around here. They’re really good. The singer, I think she’s 12. She’s phenomenal. She’s amazing. We’ve got them playing at 5 o’clock, so that’s right before the main three acts go on, which is a good spot for them.”

Kicking off the concert will be NAKD, a soulful street pop duo, and Voodoo Visionary, a funk and dance band.

Sammis said it felt amazing to not only have something going for members of the community but also to be hosting an event that could bring outsiders to town.

“I think we’re just excited that we’re able to bring something new to the city,” Sammis said. “I lived here in Forsyth for six years myself and usually there’s not much to do here — you have to go south, everyone knows that — so it’s nice to have something here for the city and bring people north and show them what we’re doing here.”

Cumming Rock of Ages is one of three festivals coming to the fairgrounds this summer, all of which will occur the day after that month’s Fridays at the Fairgrounds event.

Local rock café 37 Main will host the City of Cumming Music Fest noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 and Departure and Slippery When Wet — who cover Journey and Bon Jovi, respectively — will perform on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 6-11 p.m.

Tickets and more information for Cumming Rock of Ages are available online at CummingRockofAges.com. Admission is $25 for general admission, $75 for VIP tickets and free for those under 15.

The Cumming Fairgrounds is at 235 Castleberry Road.