After a year off due to pandemic concerns, the 27th Blind Willie McTell Music Festival took to the stage Saturday to a large crowd and wonderful weather.

The event underwent several revisions due to COVID 19 issues, including being moved from May to September, but prevailed to bring music to the people.

A Friday night free-concert primer by Randall Bramblett Band brought several hundred to the Depot area. Appearing at Saturday’s festival was: Todd Albright, Blair Crimmins & the Hookers, Pine Leaf Boys, Ariel Posen, Son Volt, and North Mississippi Allstars.

Don Powers, of the Activities Council of Thomson said the event went smoothly.

“The festival came roaring back to life and came off without a hitch. Once again, our volunteers, along with a friendly community 'vibe' were on display for all our visitors,” said Powers of the hundreds that attended. “The musicians loved it and I’m sure some of them will be back in years to come. We couldn’t be more pleased and on behalf of the Activities Council board, our sincere thanks to all who had a part in it, whether big or small.”

The concert is an effort of the Activities Council of Thomson, which, since 1974, has worked to develop the appreciation and promotion of music, arts and culture to the communities of East Central Georgia.