Friends and family gathered for Senoia Alive after Five event

Coweta County’s Diverse Venues Cover Music for Every Taste 

Music Lovers, Unite!

Music & Theatre

When it comes to music, Coweta has it covered. From jazz and acoustic to rhythm and blues, there’s something playing almost every week in a variety of locations around the county, including parks, auditoriums, brewpubs, and restaurants.

Greenville Street Park, located within walking distance of Newnan’s historic downtown district, is one of the area’s most popular music venues. The two-acre urban oasis features a terraced lawn area, a covered pavilion, and a stage that serves as a small amphitheater. It’s home to Jazz in the Park, a regular summer series sponsored by the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission, as well as Summer NewnaNights, a series of family-friendly music and entertainment events sponsored by Main Street Newnan.

For an indoor experience, head to the historic Wadsworth Auditorium, also located in downtown Newnan. Its lineup of concerts sponsored by the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission range from classical to Big Band. Occasionally, musicals are performed here as well.

Performing Arts Venues

The Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, a modern 48,000-square-foot facility anchored by a 1,000-seat theater, hosts several concerts and musical productions each year. The local Masterworks Chorale regularly performs here; and the Centre Strings Orchestra, a volunteer student-community orchestra based at the Nixon Centre, holds concerts at the venue each May and December.

Although stage plays are the primary focus at the Newnan Theatre Company, musicals are sometimes performed here. Past productions include Bye Bye BirdieGodspellThe Sound of Music, and 9 to 5 the Musical.

Laid-back Venues

For a more laid-back experience, The Alamo features bands and acoustic musicians every weekend and is a favorite scene of Newnan residents and visitors alike. Often referred to simply as ‘The Mo,’ the downtown movie theater turned music venue has hosted hundreds of local and regional performers as well as such widely recognized musicians as Chubby Checker, Kool & The Gang, and Sugarland. Also on the menu are burgers, pizza, and wings, as well as curated drink specials and craft beers.

Another casual Newnan venue is the Abide Brewing Company. It features a rotating lineup of musicians, along with food trucks and specialty brews in a family-friendly atmosphere. The brewery’s annual Rockin’ Newnan Bash highlights a variety of local artists, all playing original music.

Outdoor Venues

At The Bays, the casual dining and entertainment extension of popular downtown Newnan restaurant The Cellar, Wednesdays are devoted to jazz and Thursdays to acoustic. Bands play every weekend. Guests also can enjoy a chef-driven menu, a large bar, and two patios.

A few miles away, Senoia Alive After Five features a downtown summer concert series along with vendors, food trucks, and kids’ activities. Also popular is PorchFest Senoia, a neighborhood celebration where porches and yards become the stages for local and regional bands. The Senoia Downtown Development Authority sponsors both events.

The Coweta County Fairgrounds & Conference Center showcases a variety of talented musicians, particularly during fair week, when acts range from classic rock and reggae to Southern gospel and blues. In 2021, country star Alan Jackson, a Newnan native, performed a sold-out concert to raise money for tornado relief.

By: Fran Worrall (Atlanta Magazine Custom Media)

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