Throwdown fest expected to boost local economy

Stage crew workers erect the main stage Wednesday for the 3-day Georgia Throwdown at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds starting Friday.

Stage crew workers erect the main stage Wednesday for the 3-day Georgia Throwdown at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds starting Friday.



5 p.m.-6 p.m. — Randy Houser

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Easton Corbin

9:30 p.m.-11 p.m. — Big & Rich w/Cowboy Troy


6 p.m.-7 p.m. — The Lacs

8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Col. Bruce Hampton

11 p.m.-12:15 a.m. — Cole Taylor


3 p.m.-3:45 p.m. — Mathis Brothers

4 p.m.-4:45 p.m. — Spong

5 p.m.-6 p.m. — Betsy Kingston

7 p.m.-7:45 p.m. — Faith Jackson

7:45 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Caylee Anna

9:30 p.m.-10 p.m. — Ryan West Band

10:15 p.m.-11 p.m. — Tony Brook Band

12:15 a.m.-1:15 a.m. — Unbreakable Bloodline


5 p.m.-5:45 p.m. — Layne Oliver

6 p.m.-6:45 p.m. — Rod Holt

7 p.m.-7:45 p.m. — Spencer Bell



4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. — drivin n cryin

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Drive-By Truckers

9:30 p.m.-11 p.m. — Lynyrd Skynyrd


noon-12:45 p.m. — Evergreen Family Band

1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m. — Relapse

3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. — Another Alien Astronaut

6 p.m.-7 p.m. — Kristen Kelly

8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Evan Barber & the Dead Gamblers

11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. — The Bo Henry Band


12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m. — Broken Glass

2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. — Abigail Rose

4:30 p.m.-5 p.m. — Rhyal Knight

5:15 p.m.-6 p.m. — Ben Sutton

7 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Neal Lucas Band

7:45 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Messendger

9:30 p.m.-10 p.m. — One Too Many Mornings

10:15 p.m.-11 p.m. — The Deadfields


noon-12:45 p.m. — Frank William Dremel

1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. — AMP Up the Music

2 p.m.-2:45 p.m. — Jon Smith & Rachel Mansfield

3 p.m.-3:45 p.m. — Destiny Brown

4 p.m.-5 p.m. — Stephen Harrell



1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m. — Sarah Davidson

2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m. — Dallas Davidson & Rhett Akins

4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. — Corey Smith

6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Colt Ford

8:30 p.m.-10 p.m. — Uncle Kracker


noon-12:45 p.m. — Unbroken

1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. — Colby Dee

3 p.m.-3:45 p.m. — Hwy 55

5:45 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Ben Wells

7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — J Blues Band


10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. — Bobby Morrison & Hannah Wilson

11 a.m.-noon — Gospel Music

1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m. — Nathan Nelson

2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. — Caitlin Guiterrez

4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. — Wainright Applegate

6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Meow Kapow

ALBANY, Ga. -- Since there's never been a three-day music and arts festival the likes of the Georgia Throwdown in Albany, economic development officials here can't quite get a handle on how to estimate the impact the event might have on the region.

"The state has a formula that's based on certain factors, like the percentage of people coming to an event that stays in hotels," Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Rashelle Beasley said Wednesday. "But you have to consider that a lot of people who will be coming to the festival are camping, so the numbers are going to be different."

Still, using a conservative estimate of 8,000 three-day passes sold, Beasley said local retailers could expect an impact of at least $1.3 million.

"Obviously, that number's going to go up exponentially the more tickets they sell," Beasley said.

After months of planning, negotiations and preparation, the Throwdown is now only hours away. The mammoth Flintco Throwdown Stage, which will showcase such major acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Big & Rich, Drive-By Truckers, Uncle Kracker, Dallas Davidson and drivin n cryin, towers over the northern end of the Exchange Club Fairgrounds, which will host the festival Friday-Sunday.

And while Throwdown officials are scurrying around to take care of last-minute details, Albany merchants are hoping visitors to the city bring their pocketbooks and charge cards along. Many, in fact, are offering specials with direct ties to the festival.

"We've beefed up our Western boot inventory at our mall store," Bob Mulford, owner of The Shoe Box's Dawson Road and mall locations, said Wednesday. "With all the country acts coming in for the Throwdown, we figure there will be some interest in that line."

The Shoe Box is offering a 10 percent discount on all purchases through Monday for customers who have their Throwdown ticket with them.

"We're excited about the festival, and we hope some of the people who attend take some time to go shopping at stores in the community," Michael Mulford said.

Management staff at Plato's Closet on Dawson Road decided to take their tie-in with the Throwdown to the festival grounds. They'll be giving out discount coupons and flyers at the fairgrounds.

"We hope, since we'll have a booth at the festival, some of the people attending will come shop with us," Plato's store manager Morgan Harrell said. "We're preparing for a bigger-than-usual shopping day; everyone on our staff will be working.

"I won't even get to attend the festival because I'll be working."

Food vendors will be plentiful at the Throwdown, but House of China II owner/manager Mike Choi said he's hoping festivalgoers will want to have a sit-down meal.

"It remains to be seen, but I hope they bring in a lot of people from out of town; that would benefit all businesses in Albany," Choi said. "Surely some of the people will need to shop for groceries and personal items they can't get at the festival. That's the people who will impact the area's economy."

Beasley said the state's formula for determining the economic impact of an event is relatively simple: Figure an average of $109 per day for overnight visitors and $55 a day for day trippers.

She said a pair of Albany hotels -- Comfort Inn & Suites and the Merry Acres Inn -- had no more rooms vacant for the three days of the festival, while the Country Inn & Suites has only a handful of rooms. Overall, though, the weekend occupancy rate of the city's 2,200 hotel rooms is at 50 percent.

"That's up for a typical weekend in Albany, but you'd expect to see an even higher occupancy rate if a lot of people were staying over for the weekend," Beasley said. "But, then, I know a lot of people will be camping on the festival grounds. Plus, as always in Albany, I think the festival and the hotels can expect a large number of walk-up customers."

Kevin Lassiter, manager of the Courtyard by Marriott, said that hotel had plenty of rooms available as of Wednesday morning.

"Albany doesn't do a lot of long-term booking," he said. "There's not a lot of difference in our occupancy rate right now, but I believe the festival's going to bring a good amount of walk-up business."


FryarTuk 3 years, 1 month ago

I bought 6 tickets -single day. Relatives from Jville will stay as our guests. We'll be jamming! Excitedly about LS.


Amazed2 3 years, 1 month ago

Geat im sure a lot of one day tickets hav been will be sold. Friday is Payday so a lot of last minute too.


Outtahere 3 years, 1 month ago

"Albany, economic development officials here can't quite get a handle on how to estimate the impact the event might have on the region."

They can't quite get a handle on most things - because just like the board, MANY city staff members are incompent as well!!!!!!!!!


1d2ec 3 years, 1 month ago

Why is it every time an event is held the most you hear is the money to be made? The money will take care of it's self. It makes Albany sound greedy.


billybob 3 years, 1 month ago

Umm... Because that's why you hold these events - to make money. It's the music business, key word business.


Amazed2 3 years, 1 month ago

The EDC struggles with Math. A lot of the hired help went thru DCSS and ASU. Plus they dont know much about estimating impact of crowds etc since they dont get they dont ever expierience development. They just draw salaries and give secret raises.


Shinedownfan 3 years, 1 month ago

I'm so excited for country mucic and southern rock fans... but I wish these were "new rock" artists coming to town... but not in Albany.


Amazed2 3 years, 1 month ago

Well you could organize the Shinedown Fest and hold it at the fairgrounds.Then you can invite whoever you want to.


Shinedownfan 3 years, 1 month ago

You made me laugh out loud, Amazed2. Shinedown starts their European tour Sunday night. Gonna be a while before they are back in the U.S.


Amazed2 3 years, 1 month ago

See they would be a great draw! Guess I fall into the classic rock and what they call country these days. Like "You make my speakrs go Boom Boom". Heavy stuff like that.


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