Labor Day celebrations will be different in Tallapoosa County this year.
Instead of a traditional Labor Day concert, the traditional one-day event will be extended with a two-night show. According Robert Gunn with Russell Lands, the company is planning the first Labor Day Music Festival Friday and Saturday night this holiday weekend.
As Russell Lands nears the concert’s 20th anniversary, Gunn described the special show as a community service the company provides to Tallapoosa County.
“For 18 or 19 years we’ve provided music to the community in some way on Labor Day weekend,” Gunn said. “We welcome everyone. It’s a family event, so people can bring their kids, and we just encourage people to come and listen to some really good music.
In addition to the concert special, Tallapoosa County and Lake Martin will host a host of holiday events throughout the weekend.
Robert noted a few key reasons to attend this vacation, including the fact that admissions will be waived for attendees this year in addition to other major changes.
“For years we have traditionally held a one night event on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend at the Lake Martin Amphitheater, but this year we decided to try something different,” Gunn said. “We’re moving it from the Amphitheater where it was a ticketed event to Russell Crossroads where it will actually be a free event.”
The special concert will feature four musical acts spread over two nights, with Supper Club, then the Stews headline Friday. For Saturday, local band The Bank Walkers will take the stage followed by Hotel Fiction.
Gunn noted the opening act, Supper Club, as Auburn’s rising band.
“People seem to be flocking to their shows, so I’m glad they’re here,” he said.
Then around 7:45 p.m. tonight, another Auburn-based musical group, The Stews, will perform. Gunn added that the band were heading home after completing a national tour.
Saturday’s first flagship show will be The Bank Walkers, a Lake Martin Cover Band, who has performed at several previous company events.
The special concert will end with a Hotel Fiction, a Georgia-based band with two best friends in mind. Jade Long and Jessica Thompson have been playing music since they were 12 and started performing together in 2019.
“Hotel Fiction is a duo with a full band. Both girls have great harmonies and their music is everywhere, so we’re really excited about them,” Gunn said.
Shows on both days begin at 6:30 p.m. and the final acts end around 9:30 p.m. Food trucks will be on hand in the form of Big Mike’s Barbecue and Drive-By Tacos.