Croon at the Moon

by David Zunker Categories // Arts & Live Music

Croon at the Moon

On Friday and Saturday nights at the Crimson Moon, when the music downstairs stops, the music upstairs begins. It’s a smooth transition, from some of the Southeast’s best bluegrass and folk rock on the main stage, to a somewhat lounge-y piano-and-lounge-crooner mix in a comfy bar ambiance.

Rick Harris, an accomplished, Dahlonega-based keyboards and trumpet player, is at the core of a constantly changing lineup of special guests and drop-ins for Friday and Saturday night, and the music’s inspiration can range from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Dean Martin to more contemporaries like Michael Buble and jazz greats of virtually every description. It’s not uncommon for locals with hidden musical talent to spontaneously take the stage – and the microphone – to showcase their musical skills, and the audience is encouraged to join in.

While concerts on the Crimson Moon main stage usually carry a cover charge, the piano bar is free – although a tip jar informs patrons that contributions are welcome. A fully stocked bar is just a few steps from the entertainment, and an exceedingly appealing upstairs porch provides a stunning view of downtown Dahlonega.

The music generally begins at 10, although events downstairs sometimes dictate the starting time and, depending on the enthusiasm of the audience the end of the evening can vary as well. For more information, visit

About the Author

David Zunker

David Zunker

David Zunker is the Tourism Director at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber & Visitors Bureau. He is a journalist by training and a tourism professional by trade – having spent more than 25 years in the hospitality and travel business with resorts, state tourism offices, CVBs and chambers of commerce.

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