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Legendary Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Expected to Bring Clean Finish

Banks & Shane Host Final Installment of 2012 Georgia’s Island Concert Series at the Resort’s Newly Renovated Peachtree Point Amphitheater on Saturday, September 15

Buford,GA  – Lake Lanier Islands Resort® has officially issued its last call for the 2012 Georgia’s Island Stage Concert Series at the beautiful lakeside Peachtree Point Amphitheater. Bringing a “clean finish” to an exciting season filled with a colorful collection of talent and incomparable entertainment, the iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is scheduled to rock the night away on Saturday, September 15, 2012 beginning at 8:00 p.m. Having toured all over the country while playing to large crowds of adoring fans, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is expected to cap off the resort’s summer concert series with an unforgettable music-filled evening.

With a slew of multi-platinum and gold records, Grammy Awards, and Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, and International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards to their credit, the wildly popular Country Rock and American Roots music group consists of profoundly influential musicians: Jeff Hanna, on guitars and vocals; Jimmie Fadden, on drums, harmonica and vocals; Bob Carpenter, on keyboards, accordion and vocals and John McEuen, on banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin.  During their stop at Lake Lanier Islands Resort, fans can expect to hear hits like “Fishin’ In The Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles” as well as songs from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s newest album, Speed of Life.

“We are very excited to have Nitty Gritty Dirt Band join us for the finale of the inaugural season of Georgia’s Island Stage Concert Series at Lake Lanier Islands Resort,” explains series co-creator and host, Banks Burgess of renowned Atlanta band, Banks & Shane. “It has been an amazing summer, featuring the talents of Gloriana, A1A and now the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. As part of the series, Banks & Shane celebrated our 40th Anniversary of entertaining Atlanta crowds at what is perhaps one of the most beautiful and incomparable venues we’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. Not only are the scenery and acoustics remarkable here, but the crowds have been truly terrific. Even though this season is not quite over, we’re already devising plans to make next year’s concert series bigger and better as word continues to spread about concerts at Lake Lanier Islands’ Peachtree Point Amphitheater.”

Music lovers are invited to come out on Saturday, September 15 and enjoy a very special evening on beautiful Lake Sidney Lanier. The doors of the amphitheater open at 7:00 p.m. for concessions, and the music starts at 8:00 p.m. Day of ticket sales begin at 6:00 p.m. at the door. To purchase tickets for this event in advance, interested parties are encouraged to visit http://www.lakelanierislands.com/events. For more information, contact Kate Davis at kdavis@llimail.com.

Once the summer season has come to a close, fall will be right around the corner. Lake Lanier Islands Resort will play host to a number of autumn-themed events, leaf-changing boat tours, zip line canopy tours and so much more over the coming months, wrapping up with the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the famed Magical Nights of Lights – a seven-mile driving tour through millions of twinkling lights, animated holiday displays and Holiday Village. Atlanta adventurers will want to be sure to check out Lake Lanier Islands’ calendar of events for future festivals and activities by visiting http://www.lakelanierislands.com/events.

About Lake Lanier Islands Resort®: Nestled on the southern-most shoreline of Lake Sidney Lanier at the foothills of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains lies the truly distinctive Lake Lanier Islands Resort®. Situated less than 45 miles from downtown Atlanta on 1,500 pristine acres of forests, meadows and beaches, this luxury resort is quickly growing in size, scope and reputation as one of the Southeast’s leading lakeside retreats. The Resort’s crown jewel – Lake Sidney Lanier is one of the United States’ most popular man-made lakes, encompassing 38,000 miles of surface area and 690 miles of shoreline in Northeast Georgia. Legacy Lodge & Conference Center and Legacy Villas enhance the Resort’s broad assortment of accommodation choices and meeting sites – making it the ideal choice for corporate meetings and company retreats. Popular excursions like fun in the sun at the boardwalk-themed LanierWorld, outdoor concerts at the new Peachtree Point Amphitheater, zip lining through the trees with Lake Lanier Canopy Tours, horseback riding on a lakeside trail from the Equestrian Center, and renting a boat and ski equipment from Harbor Landing make the Resort a terrific choice for families vacationing or “staycationing” in the South. Tranquility – the Spa and the picturesque 18-hole course at Legacy on Lanier Golf Club are major draws for visitors looking to relax or play, and with more than 20 wedding venues to choose from, the Resort is rapidly gaining favor with brides- and grooms-to-be as a highly sought-after Destination Wedding site. Operated by Islands Management Company, LLC since 2005, Lake Lanier Islands Resort® is steadily securing a solid standing for their unique vision of the future of this luxury retreat, their unswerving dedication to the comfort and enjoyment of their guests, and their signature brand of Southern Hospitality. For more information, schedule a tee time, learn package details or make reservations, call (770) 945-8787 or visit Lake Lanier Islands’ website at http://www.lakelanierislands.com.

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