About THE MARS HILLPORCH PICKERS We will play at your Wedding rehearsals, Receptions, Birthday parties, Reunions, Special events, Backyard party, Block party, Street party, Dinner party, camping party, Festivals, Folk and mountain music gigs, Picnics, Church gatherings, Church Annual Oicnics, BEAR ON TE SQUARE DAHLONEGA, SEBA FESTIVAL, CAR DEALER SPECIAL SALES DAYS, BBQ'S, STORES, RESTUARANTS etc. Band Members;
PAINTER DICKSON LESTER: FOUNDER & LEADER, VOCALS, GUITAR, BANGITAR, HARMONICA- 3 Tour Vietnam Veteran NAVY RON LEVINE : MANDOLIN- + VOCALS JIMBO WRIGHT - BANJO COMEDIAN SID ORR -BASS PLAYER Extrodenaire. 3 TOUR VIETNAM VETERAN -MARINE * TYPE OF MUSIC: BLUEGRASS, NEWGRASS, BALLADS, Contemprary-Grass, Bluesy-GRASS , IRISH TUNES & FOLK
ABOUT THE 2016 BAND: We've played numerous venues around Atlanta, marietta, Powder Springs, Blairsville, Ellijay, ROCCO'S in JASPER, Redlight Cafe', Venkman's downtown Atlanta, Cartersville, Woodstock, Gainesville, HOLLINVILLE OPRY, ACWORTH OPRY, AMERICAN LEGION POST 29, CRABAPPLE FESTIVALS, BEAR-ON-THE-SQUARE DAHLONEGA, ARMUCHEE FESTIVALS, KENNESAW CIVIL WAR TRAIN MUSEUM, and many more.
"The Mars Hill Porch Pickers" Bluegrass Band was started by Painter Dickson Lester in the Fall of 1992 as an outreach to youth in the community of the Mars Hill Presbyterian Church, Acworth. After the Youth went off to college Dickson continued to use the group to play for retirement homes and other special events in the community around Cobb County, VARIOUS GEORGIA, FLORIDA & KANSAS VENUES including SEBA'S ANNUAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVALS, the BEAR ON THE SQUARE (Dahlonega) Bluegrass festivals, SEBA ANNUAL Blairsville FESTIVALS, Acworth, Kennesaw, Dallas, Cartersville and many other locations. They have since put on or played in concerts in Powders Springs, Blue Ridge, The Blue Ridge Rail road, FLORIDA'S Suwanee Festival, Raccoon Creek, Acworth Opry, KENNESAW OPRY, Everett's Music Barn, Heritage at Brookstone, Pop's in Summerville, Poole's BBQ house in- Elijay, The Presbyterian Village and many others. They were filmed for a TV show "The Best Of America By Horse Back- in Lyons, Ga. that was aired on RFD TV on August 8, 2005.
They have appeared numerous times on WRFG 89.3 FM RADIO PROGRAM-WSB RADIO TOYS FOR TOTS- CLARK HOWARD'S HABITAT HOMES -"SPAM AND GRITS" Bluegreass Music with the "OLD FOLKIE' himself MARC MILLER. He delights in their music.
Also, on the WRFG 89.3 "JR Bluegrass RADIO PROGRAM"-Who LOVES their bluegrassy sounds
The Band Members have changed over the years but Dickson has continued to pull great musicians together with the ultimate goal to play FUN music that combines JOY and LAUGHTER and makes folks wanna smile, tap their feet, sing along and be pleasing to the ears of the audience.
The former 2005 Porch Pickers also played in a live 2 hour Christmas concert for our Troops in Fort Riley, Kansas. The concert was filmed live and aired December 23 and 25, '05 in 120 countries on the RDF television broadcast station. Look for our separate tab for more information regarding the Fort Riley Christmas Show.
To Schedule the Band for a GIG or PARTY here is CONTACT INFORMATION: