By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
The biggest music event of Northwest Georgia is gearing up to blast Rome with some of the hottest names in country rock.
After a long year of waiting, the Rome River Jam returns to Ridge Ferry Park today, bringing names like Craig Morgan, Ashley Monroe and Blackberry Smoke to the outdoor stage.
Jay Shell, the concert’s promoter, expects over 8 thousand people at the event which has put Rome on the country music map .
“We had the Academy of Country Music Awards a month ago, and the current Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan—--he played River Jam two years in a row. Brantley Gilbert is touring the nation now. I brought Scott Brown to town in 2006,” Shell says. “Rome has become a little spot, it’s kind of a cool place. We’re definitely known in Nashville. We’re very, very proud of it and Rome has been very good in supporting it.”
The tailgate parking lot opens at 1pm, with the concert gate opening at 2:30pm. Ashley Monroe heads up on the stage at 5:30, Blackberry Smoke at 7pm, and Craig Morgan headlines at 9:30.
Tickets are $35 at the gate.