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Bands of Estes, son to share stage
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Alex Estes sits on the porch of High Ridge Stables, his family's horse farm, where he is the barn manager. - photo by Emily Saunders
If you’re going

• What: Fulturn Jones and Stan Estes and Friends
• When: 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
• Where: Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St.
• Cost: $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, students and veterans
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Stan Estes elaborately described his plan for an upcoming concert, from a solo acoustic set to a nine-piece band with flashing lights and “powerhouse sound.”

His son, Alex, said simply with a wink, “We’re going to play for 30 minutes and then leave.”

The father’s classic and son’s modern rock bands will each play a set Saturday and Sunday nights at the Cumming Playhouse. It will be the first time the bands have performed together.

The elder Estes has all the personality of his outgoing guitar and frontman position in the band, Stan Estes and Friends, which includes several members from the popular Estes Brothers Band.

His son keeps the more low-key attitude consistent with the undertones of the bass guitar he plays in his three-piece rock outfit, Fulturn Jones.

The band strives to create music that doesn’t sound like the monotony of mainstream rock, said Alex Estes, adding the group’s name comes from that aspiration.

“We’re jonesing for a revolution,” he said. “It’s the full turn ... We are essentially what would be the new sound.”

His father said the material his son’s band creates is like no other.

“People ask me what kind of music they play and I say, ‘They play Fulturn Jones music,’” he said.

With the distinct styles, Stan Estes said the show at the Playhouse could draw many people of different ages and backgrounds. Regardless, he figures it’ll be a crowd pleaser.

Both father and son pander to the fans, creating and playing to provide entertainment.

The Estes Brothers Band, a popular local group with a classic rock sound, has built a loyal following over the last 30 years.

“That’s a really gratifying thing to see people appreciate you busting your can on stage,” Stan Estes said.

While Stan Estes has played at the Playhouse (his favorite venue) many times, his son and bandmates will get a rare taste of the distinctive local venue this weekend.

They’ve already played several shows at Atlanta clubs, including the Masquerade, and recently performed at Last Band Standing in Charlotte, N.C., competing for a recording contract.

Though they didn’t win the contest, they won over the record label.

“Before the judging was even over, the executive came out to talk to us,” Alex Estes said.

The three graduates of Forsyth County high schools are in the process of working out a deal with Spectra Records.

For Alex Estes, a career in music has always been his goal.

“It’s always been the only thing I’ve ever seen myself doing,” he said.

In the meantime, he serves as barn manager for his father’s horse-training business.

Both his parents have been encouraging the 23-year-old to explore that music dream, said Kathy Prince, his mother.

Fulturn Jones has begun to break in to some exciting opportunities, she said, from the pending recording deal to a recent feature on the radio station Project 9-6-1.

She always let her son and his bands practice music at the house, though his first group at age 14 had to buy some egg crate bedding to drown out the noise coming from the basement.

“The support has definitely evolved over the years,” said Alex Estes with a smile.

Stan Estes said his parents supported him and his brothers growing up, surrounding them with musicians and making concessions for them to practice playing.

“They learned to watch ‘Bonanza’ reading lips,” he said.

Stan Estes grew up listening to soul, blues and rock, passing those interests on to his son.

From a young age, Prince noticed her son’s love of music, from an interest in his dad’s guitars to a shared family appreciation for the Eagles.

“What was neat about Alex was that he liked the kind of stuff that we liked,” she said.

His musical tastes expanded over the years, filling a CD case the size of a shoebox that he took everywhere in high school, Prince said.

He first picked up the guitar at 12, when he saw it sitting in a corner and decided he wanted to give it a try.

“My dad wrote me a piece of paper with the chord charts on it, shoved me in the closet and I came out playing,” Alex Estes said.

He switched to bass guitar since many of his friends played guitar and he saw more openings for bassists.

Fulturn Jones and Alex Estes still have years of jamming to follow in his father’s footsteps, particularly since the elder Estes, 59, and his bands continue to rock.

“People always ask me if I get nervous about going up on stage,” Stan Estes said. “I say, ‘Are you kidding me? I can’t wait.’”