9th Annual Brookhaven Arts Festival – The Arts Festival with a Musical Heart

You couldn’t ask for more beautiful weather at this year’s annual Brookhaven Arts Festival. The 2012 festival, presented by the Brookhaven Arts Alliance, was held over the weekend on October 20 & 21 in Brookhaven.  We got there late Sunday afternoon and were impressed with the large turnout of festival goers already there. Parking at the Brookhaven MARTA station was a breeze and a welcome entry to a very well managed and organized major arts festival.

There were rows and rows of over 150 artists displaying paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and many other mediums. We were impressed with the variety and the quality of the work presented. The closed street was crowded but manageable and everyone seemed to be out enjoying the sunshine, festival food and the smiling faces of Brookhaven.

In addition to being a successful showcase for local and regional artists, this year’s festival featured some of the finest local performers performing live on stage. In the late afternoon, we enjoyed a concert by local legend, Caroline Aiken with Doghouse, who gave an energetic show with her unique, folksy rock.

Following Caroline Aiken was Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project, who really rocked the crowd. Ed Roland, front man of Collective Soul, is a well-known voice across the world.  His new project put together some of the greatest guest musicians to play some wonderful sounding originals, including a few with a touch of country mixed in with his signature pop/rock formula.

One of the highlights of Ed Roland’s set was a song that he announced was inspired by one of his childhood hero’s, Johnny Cash. After an awesome tribute song, his group busted into a rousing version of  “Folsom Prison Blues,” by the Man in Black himself. Their incredible performance was a wonderful conclusion to a day of awesome arts, fantastic music and good friends.

Here are some photos we took over the weekend… Enjoy!

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