MUSIC NOTES: Briar Patch lineup, Wild Adventures kickoff, Gulf Coast Jam tickets

Quick notes on music happenings in the area and nearby

In its sixth year, organizers are saying the 2015 Briar Patch lineup is going to be one of the best the event has ever had while some classic rockers get the Wild Adventures concert series under way and tickets go on sale for the Gulf Coast Jam.

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Bassist Kevin Dawkins blown away by public recognition

Kevin Dawkins of Cut N Run named Friday JAM poll favorite bassist

When Cut N Run bassist and area music scene fixture Kevin Dawkins found out he had been chosen as Albany’s favorite bass player in the recent Friday JAM music polls, he was overwhelmed that his lifelong passion had made such an impact on local fans and music lovers.

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Tim Davis: God put me on this planet to play drums

Herald’s Friday JAM Poll favorite has a long love affair with drumming

Herald Friday Jam favorite Tim Davis started his musical career young, and he’s vowed to keep playing drums as long as he can hold sticks.

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Thronateeska Heritage Center hunts treasures with three upcoming programs

The trio of events kicks off with a presentation tonight

Albany’s Thronateeska Heritage Center is bringing treasures of the past alive through a series of presentations and lectures today, Saturday and April 2 that focus on gold mining, underwater treasure hunting and archaeology.

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MICHAEL LOMAX: 'Run All Night' has just enough gas

FILM COMMENTARY: Is Liam Neeson Slowing Down?

Neeson plays retired mob enforcer Jimmy “Gravedigger” Conlon, a man haunted by the faces of those he killed at the behest of former boss and best friend Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris).

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BARRY LEVINE: Hamilton's song a major hit 10 years later

THE OLD ROCKER: Leesburg, Dawson natives connected by special date

March 16 had a major impact on the careers of two major local rock ‘n’ roll stars.

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Wild Adventures kicks off its 2015 season | PHOTO GALLERY

Valdosta theme park one of the South’s favorite destinations

New rides, attractions and animals are among the highlights of the just reopened Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta.

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Ruben Studdard headlines Albany Boys and Girls Club fundraiser

Former NFL star Phillip Daniels speaks at the Albany event

The Boys and Girls Club of Albany hosted its 28th annual steak and burger dinner at the Darton State College arena Thurday.

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Albany club hosts weekend coin show

Free identification and appraisals offered at the show

The Southwest Georgia Coin Club of Albany hosts its 8th annual coin show at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

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'Chief,' Outsiders give Eric Church musical freedom

Country superstar brings his latest tour to Tallahassee's Donald L. Tucker Civic Center

Eric Church will bring his high-energy Outsiders tour to north Florida Thursday.

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Behind the soundboard with Chris Lodge

Chris Lodge loves making music

While he isn’t ready to hang up his axe just yet, Dog Head guitarist Chris Lodge would be totally at peace if his legacy in music was that of a producer, which in his eyes is a role that allows him to feed the same creative spirit that first propelled him to pick up a guitar.

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Albany Tech roasting Ken Hodges tonight

Former Doiugherty DA takes the heat for needy students

All proceeds from the roast will go to benefit Albany Tech students in need of financial assistance through the Albany Tech Foundation. joel wernick, chris cohilas, jeff sinyard, gregory edwards,

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Georgia Wing Fest set for Saturday at Exchange Club Fairgrounds

Fifth annual event to help raise funds for Cancer Coalition of South Georgia

The event will have several and acts on stage, events on the grounds well as wing contests in the pavilion area. About 12,000 people are expected to attend, said Event Director Rick Schneider.

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Georgia Southwestern University wrapping up production on its first feature film

'Which Way There' is the Department of Theater, Communication and Media Arts' initial effort at film-making

Georgia Southwestern State University’s Department of Theater, Communication and Media Arts is training crews for Georgia’s growing film industry

MICHAEL LOMAX: 'Focus' lacks focus, but still fun

FILM COMMENTARY: At its heart, 'Focus' is a romance set against the backdrop of the heist

Where the film runs afoul is its inability to stay focused on just what story it’s trying to tell. In exploring too many genres, it sacrifices elements of the whole to satisfy individual story lines.