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Music fest fundraiser
set for Saturday


By Melissa Robinson
Contributing Editor 

  Collective Souls’ Will Turpin will headline the second KG Music Fest, to be held this Saturday, November 9 at Southside Steve’s in McDonough.

  The KG Music Fest is in support of the Kensley Grace Foundation in its bid to build a state of the art, world-class, family focused aquatic center in memory of Kensley Grace Kirby, a Henry County child who died in June of 2011 after breaking her arm and being administered a lethal dose of a local anesthesia during treatment.

  It was after the tragedy that family and friends were looking for a way to honor and remember her memory and came up with the idea of a community aquatic center, because it was one of Kensley’s favorite activities.

  According to Vanessa Jones, Executive Director of the Kensley Grace Foundation, organizers have set a goal of between and $10 and $12 million to build the facility, with a projected three to five year time table.

  The Kensley Grace Foundation is a non-profit, 501 © charitable organization, and the music fest is one of several fundraisers planned. Jones said she is currently working with the foundation’s board to plan a calendar of activities and that the foundation will also be seeking grants and sponsorships.

  As for the music festival, Jones said she expects it will become an annual event, and will offer music lovers an exclusive experience with world-class musicians. In addition to Will Turpin, Joel Kosche and the SouthSide Allstars, other bands slated to perform include local favorites Bill Turpin and the Shoulderbone Creek Orchestra, as well as the Reluctant Saints.

  “This is going to be a unique experience, not just one act after another, but more of a jam session,” said Jones. “A really cool, intimate concert.”

  There will be kid-friendly activities from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and adult activities run from 7 to 11 p.m. She said Southside Steve’s has generously donated the space for this event and wants people to know that it will offer family fun during the day and adult-geared activities in the evening.

  Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door for adults, and kids are $5 at the door. Southside Steve’s is located at 715 Industrial Boulevard in McDonough.

  For more information on the Kensley Grace Aquatic Center efforts or for volunteer opportunities, visit or see them on Facebook.



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