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Rock of Ages concert breaks ground on Cumming music scene
Rock of Ages
The City of Cumming hosted its first music festival in living history, with seven bands including music from Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses and Jason Aldean tribute bands, and music from original artists NAKD, Voodoo Visionary and local group, North Main. - photo by Ben Hendren

This weekend, the City of Cumming hosted its first music festival in living history, with seven bands that rocked out all day Saturday at the Cumming Fairgrounds. 

Participants got a taste of legendary rock and country music from Led Zeppelin, AC/DC , Guns N’ Roses and Jason Aldean tribute bands, and music from original artists NAKD, Voodoo Visionary and local group, North Main.  

“This went really great, there were some really great bands and everybody there had a great time,” Cumming Mayor Troy Brumbalow said after the event.

“There were people there wearing Led Zeppelin shirts, AC/DC shirts and Guns N’ Roses shirts. They were there because they followed the real bands … And I tell you there were a few bands that you literally could close your eyes and you’d have no idea you were not at an AC/DC or Led Zeppelin concert.”

According to Brumbalow, this event is just the start of what he hopes will be a musical resurgence in the area, inspiring local bands to play in the community and in the future making Cumming a music destination. 

He said that the idea of boosting Cumming’s music scene is one that they are going to incorporate into future city events like the Fourth of July celebration and the annual Cumming Country Fair & Festival. He said that people can expect to see more local musical events in the city. 

“Going into next year, we’d love to have one a month,” Brumbalow said. “That’s what the goal is, and as we move forward developing our city center and our amphitheater, it will probably be a little better suited for music-type events. But the fairgrounds is a great venue and works well.”

He added that they anticipate bigger-name bands coming to the county eventually, as the music scene in the county grows and spaces for bands to play develop.

“I truly believe that we will get to that point in the future,” he said. 

Matt Smith, owner of Rosati’s Pizza and Cumming Rock of Ages sponsor, said that as hot as the day was, the event went off without a hitch. He said this event showed just how well local businesses can work with the city. 

“Everybody who was there was really enjoying themselves,” Smith said. “We definitely want to do this again next year, with a few small changes.” 

He said that one thing they have considered for future events is creating a more “beer garden atmosphere” with more options for participants.

Brumbalow said that the next city concert event will take place July 21, but live music will be going on all day at the city Fourth of July celebration.

“We have local bands slated all day long for that, it’s $5 and you are getting another whole music festival,” he said. 

Beyond music, he said that the Fourth of July events will include a zip-line, hot air balloons, a celebrity dunk tank featuring both Brumbalow and Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman, hot dog and pie eating contests, games and dozens of other activities and appearances. 

Fourth of July celebrations in the city will begin with the Thomas-Mashburn Steam Engine Parade at 10 a.m., and will continue on into the night at the Cumming Fairgrounds at 235 Castleberry Road.

For more information, go to CummingFair.net/calendar-of-events/4th-of-july/.