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