August 27, 2015
The iconic Southern rock band Drivin N Cryin
, recently named to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, will perform their biggest hits, including songs from their gold album “Fly Me Courageous,” at the Newtown Park Amphitheater in Johns Creek on Sept. 19.
The band, which received the 2015 Group Award, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame the following Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The ceremony will be broadcast live at 8 p.m.
“Drivin N Cryin is a legend in the Atlanta music scene and we feel very fortunate to have them close our 2015 summer concert series,” said Johns Creek Recreation Manager Kirk Franz. “They have a long history of doing great shows, and we’re expecting a packed house that night. It should be a great time.”
Drivin N Cryin was formed in 1985, and signed a record in 1986 after becoming a sought-after club band. Their first album, “Scarred But Smarter,” boosted their popularity and landed them a contract with Island Records, which released the album “Whisper Tames the Lion” in 1988. They followed up with the “Mystery Road” album in 1989 and then with the more hard-rocking “Fly Me Courageous,” which was certified gold.
The band toured with Neil Young and Soul Asylum, and produced “Smoke,” which peaked at No. 95 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart. They briefly signed with Geffen Records, followed by a live album and a best-of collection. In 2009, they released a studio album, “The Great American Bubble Factory.” In 2011, the Georgia General Assembly recognized Drivin N Cryin’s achievements in a House Resolution. Their latest album is “Songs for the Turntable,” which came out in 2014.
The amphitheater gates open at 6 p.m. The music starts at 7 p.m. with the Gasoline Brothers, an Atlanta band that has opened for The Marshall Tucker Band, Blackberry Smoke, and The Georgia Satellites. Drivin N Cryin kicks off at 8 p.m. and finishes at 9:30 p.m.
The 2015 Amphitheater concert series, which has free admission, features tribute bands and acts that harken to the rock’ n’ roll 1980s and 1990s. Drivin N Cryin closes the 2015 concert series.
Food trucks will be available. The round reserved tables under the amphitheater are sold out for Drivin N Cryin. If you don’t have a table, bring a picnic, lawn chair or blanket and relax on the terraced lawn. No alcohol, please, although beer and wine are for sale. Also, please refrain from bringing pups into the fenced area around the Amphitheater.
The Amphitheater is located at Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Rd. in Johns Creek.