Brookhaven, GA, March 17, 2017 – The Post Reports, Contributed – Collective Soul’s Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea project will be performing during the 2017 Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival being held in the CIty’s Blackburn Park on March 25th and 26th. Named after the drink that is a cultural trademark of the band’s home region, Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project began serendipitously when the veteran singer/songwriter, with time off from his Collective Soul activities, began reconnecting with the rich club and coffeehouse scene in Atlanta. On random nights, he would invite some of these popular local musicians to his house to jam on tunes he had written that reached outside the stylistic jurisdiction of Collective Soul, including “Going to Birmingham,” one of the highlights from their debut album Devils ‘n Darlins that Roland penned on the ukulele.
Roland enjoyed the loose homespun atmosphere, especially the unexpected energy of co-writing new songs with some of these musician friends. Among the most frequent visitors as the casual Sweet Tea jams took shape were bassist Brian Bisky and Christopher Alan Yates (who also plays banjo and trumpet). The lineup of Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project also includes guitarist Jesse Tripplet and drummer Mike Rizzi.
More than simply a magical, engaging one off project during a hiatus from Collective Soul, Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project are evolving into a powerhouse recording and touring unit. Fans can look forward to a second album, Alder Lane Farm, slated for release in 2017.
Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project is scheduled to perform at 5:00 PM on March 26th.
Here is the complete schedule of entertainers scheduled for the 2017 Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival:
Saturday, March 25
- 10:30 am Marist School Dance Company
- 11:00 am School of Rock – Atlanta
- 12:30 pm Dyn-O-Mite (Funk & Soul)
- 2:00 pm Housebroken (Classic Rock)
- 3:30 pm Blair Crimmins & the Hookers (Ragtime)
- 5:00 pm Wesley Cook (Pop & Rock)
Sunday, March 26
- 11:00 am Montgomery Elementary Mustang Chorus
- 12:30 pm Willie Ziavino & The C.O.T. Band (Latin)
- 2:00 pm The Breeze Kings (Blues)
- 3:30 pm Gurufish (R&B, Soul, Funk)
- 5:00 pm Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project (Pop, Rock, Country)
Blackburn Park is conveniently located off the Ashford Dunwoody Exit on I-285 at 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Brookhaven, GA 30319.
••From a prepared release reformatted for publication.