Music Series Kicks Off Saturday in Toccoa

A summer music series returns to downtown Toccoa this weekend for its second year.

The 2nd annual “Ida Cox Music Series” will begin this Saturday night in downtown Toccoa.

Main Street Toccoa Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said that they are looking forward to a successful summer of outdoor music.

“One of our goals in having this series is that it will to help to promote music in our community,” said Crosby. “Music has been an important part of the history of Toccoa and we want to enjoy it now and encourage young people in the area of music, give local groups a platform, but also introduce regional music as well.”

Crosby said that the free outdoor concerts will run every Saturday night in June and July on Doyle Street between Sage and Pond streets.

Each week, the concert will begin with a local act, followed by a headlining act.

Crosby said that organizers are excited about this year’s lineup.

“It is very diverse this year,” said Crosby. “We want to represent several different genres of music.”

Those genres include big band, bluegrass, rock, alternative folk, and more.

Crosby said that headlining this Saturday’s opening concert will be the Electric City Big Band.

“People who enjoy the big band sound will enjoy them,” said Crosby. “They are from Anderson, South Carolina.”

All of the concerts in the Ida Cox Music Series will run from 7 to 10 p.m.

The music series is named after Ida Cox, who was born Ida Prather in Toccoa before going off to make her mark in the music world in the first part of the 20th century in the worlds of vaudeville and the blues.