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A Lotta Night Music: Where to Listen in Gwinnett

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Since The Arena at Gwinnett Center opened its doors in 2003, the 13,000 seats are often filled with concert-goers who come to see artists like Paul Simon, REM, George Strait, Reba McIntyre, and Lady Gaga, to mention a few. Located on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth, The Arena is also host to sports events, conventions and graduations.

Gwinnett Center also includes The Performing Arts Center for performances of classical and popular music. The Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus, and Chamber Orchestra are comprised of both professional and amateur musicians. The Center relative smallness (702 seats) coupled with the orchestra shell designed for optimal acoustics make for powerful, memorable performances.

While the Gwinnett Center commands attention for its size and well-known performers, Gwinnett County is also home to several smaller music venues. One performance venue in particular, Eddie Owen Presents at Red Clay Theater on Main Street in downtown Duluth, hosts performers that offer a wide variety of musical genres: jazz, bluegrass, country, rock, and funk, to name a few. The site has 260 seats (with wheelchair accessible seating available), and events are open to all ages. Eddie Owen Presents was recently voted “Best New Music Venue” and “Best Music Venue in Gwinnett” by local magazines.

The two locations of 37 Main—A Rock Cafe (Main Street in Buford and Medlock Bridge Road in John”s Creek) serve “food with a rock and roll attitude.” The venues host live local and national bands playing original music and covers as well as showcasing a number of well-known tribute bands.

Wild Bill”s Atlanta, located at 2075 Market Street in Duluth, has the distinction of being the largest country music dance hall and concert venue in the U.S. The site includes a 5000 seat concert hall as well as three VIP lounges, a restaurant, and, of course, an mechanical bull!

Built in 1970, Everett”s Music Barn on Stone Cypher Road in Suwanee holds the distinction of being the oldest musical venue in Gwinnett county. The barn doors open every Saturday night, and the music starts at 8 with the Everett Family Band kicking off the evening as opening band and host to the best in local and national bluegrass music. The church pews lined up in the barn will seat up to 270 bluegrass lovers. And the family-friendly Barn is smoke and alcohol-free, so bring the kids and join in the fun!