What does a swamp stompin’ roots rock band have in common with a community theatre? A shared love for ensuring the arts thrive in Rome and Northwest Georgia. Austen Earp and Haley Smith of Kindred Fire, together with their good friend Luke Robinson on drums, performed a benefit concert for Rome Little Theatre (RLT) Friday at the DeSoto Theatre. When asked why they wanted to give such a generous gift to the RLT, Earp said, “Theater is a big contributor to this community, and it is part of Kindred Fire’s mission to support the arts.” Smith, who was suffering from a cold but sang like an angel anyway said, “When Austen and I were young, organizations like the RLT invested in us. Now this is how we invest in them.” More than 200 people attended the concert and sang along to hits like Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets,” listened with excitement to the duo’s new music, and clapped and danced the night away. RLT Executive Director Chris Davidson expressed her thanks by saying, “We’ve loved Austen, his wife Emily, and Haley for a long time. We are thrilled to partner with Kindred Fire to bring this event to Northwest Georgia.”
- Saturday: Farmers market at Ridge Ferry Park, 7-11 a.m. Local produce, incredible baked goods, flowers, honey, crafts.
- Saturday: Cartersville Farmers Market, 10 N. Public Square, 8 a.m.-noon