Concerts and Performances


Originally created in the early 2000s to build a live music scene in Downtown Dalton throughout the summer, Off the Rails is a joint effort between the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Downtown Dalton Development Authority, the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia, and the Creative Arts Guild to bring amazing musical talent to the area. The performing artists and bands span across diverse genres of music featuring Bluegrass, Latin, Blues, Indie, Country, Rock, and much more.

Off the Rails kicks off in the summer, usually held every Friday with additional concerts every third week of the month from August to October. Performances are held outdoors at Burr Performing Arts Park in the heart of Downtown Dalton. The evening starts with local performers in the Truist Tent starting at 6:30pm. Opening acts take the Burr Park stage at 7:30pm with headliners starting at 8:30pm. All concert nights are FREE admission with wine, craft beer, and domestic bottles available for purchase on-site.

Is your band interested in being a part of the Off the Rails series? Give us your info HERE!


June 3: Aaron Lee Tasjan
Hotel Fiction // Truist: Not Without My Muse
Hosts: Barrett Properties, Shaw Industries

June 10: Ray Howard Band
Luke Simmons & the Lovestruck // Truist: Amber Fults
Hosts: NAACP, Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia

June 17: Sunrise Latin Band
Banda Tromba // Truist: Dalton High School Mariachi
Hosts: Believe Greater Dalton, Dalton State

June 24: Shakespeare in Burr Park
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Directed by Lane Davies
Presented by Conasauga Shakespeare Coalition

July 1: Pops in Burr Park
Featuring the Creative Arts Guild Chamber Orchestra
Arts & Crafts Area // Patriotic Favorites // Featured Soloists and Ensembles
Appearances by: Greg Smith, Ballet Dalton
Hosts: Mohawk Industries, Textile Rubber & Chemical Co.

July 8: The Jauntee
Sweet Leona // Truist: Nicholas Edward Williams
Hosts: Coldwell Banker, Starr-Mathews

July 15: Colony House
CMK // Truist: Jessie Smith
Hosted by: Marketing Alliance Group, Believe Greater Dalton

July 22: Sweet Lizzy Project
Breaking Grass // Truist: RambleDeuce
Host: Hamilton Health Care System

July 29: Kevn Kinney Band
Behold the Brave // Truist: Wes Harness
Host: Tom Durkan Family

Creative Arts Guild Presents: Pops in Burr Park


It is with great anticipation and excitement that the Creative Arts Guild Chamber Orchestra presents its second annual “Pops in Burr Park” concert in celebration of our nation’s holiday at 7:30pm on July 1 at Burr Performing Arts Park in Downtown Dalton.

Especially after the year we all experienced in 2020, gathering together as a community for an artistic celebration of a holiday we all share will be nothing short of festive and joyous! The evening is sure to quickly become a community favorite. The event is free and open to the public. There will be flags to wave and glow necklaces to wear for all and even a patriotic craft table for the kids. Beverages will be available for purchase.

“For years - since the opening of Burr Park - it has been a dream of the Guild to bring an accessible orchestral music sampling to the masses as part of the Off the Rails summer music series – in fact it was part of the vision in designing a stage large enough to house a large musical ensemble” voices Guild’s Executive Director, Amanda Brown. While the Creative Arts Guild Chamber Orchestra was originally assembled to accompany the Guild’s annual story-ballet production of The Snow Queen, “even at the first meeting to discuss the Snow Queen production, the idea of Pops in the Park was initiated and the dream was vocalized. Each year we have worked toward this goal” Brown shares.

Gathering a professional orchestra is no small feat. A chamber orchestra consists of around 30 musicians. The scheduling of this many musicians alone can be quite challenging – especially around common musical events such as the 4th of July. Additionally, it can be quite costly if you think about all of the professional musicians it takes to get that unmatchable, powerful, and balanced sound. While adding the orchestra to The Snow Queen – a ticketed performance with income to support it – still took some lift and the generous support of a local Foundation to get it going, the idea of offering a free concert for the community meant that this performance and rehearsal process needed to be fully supported by sponsors who understood the value of this kind of experience and offering for our community. It is through the support of Mohawk Industries and Textile Rubber & Chemical Co. that we have been able to realize this dream and offer this gift of music and celebration to our community.   

“Committing to a professional paid orchestra was an important goal of the Guild as we launched the idea of the Creative Arts Guild Chamber Orchestra (originally gathered in 2016) as support for working artists (musicians included) is a core value of the Guild and a focus of our organization. If we want to experience artistry on this level, it is important to pay musicians for their performances as this allows them an opportunity to make a living and validates their choice to spend all of the years of study and practice that it takes to make music a viable profession.”

Looking first for local and then expanding to regional musicians the Creative Arts Guild Chamber Orchestra is comprised of many locally known and loved musicians. Lead by Conductor Allison Hilles, and administered by Creative Arts Guild Music Director, Lisa Elders – who will also play flute/piccolo at the event, the 2021 Pops in Burr Park Creative Arts Guild Chamber Orchestra will include: Dennis Bauer, Stephen Bearden, Julia Bobell, Stephanie Brooks, Todd Brubaker, Annie Camp, Daisy Cardona, Michael Catanzaro, David Crawford, Sam Dodge, Vicky Drnek, Felix Farrar, Gordon Inman, Tremaine Jones, David Keith, Joe Lester, Sam Lester, Aner Luo, Paula Pasqua (Concertmaster), Christine Pope, Brian Poteet, Janna Pye, Chris Skaare, Tony Tortora, Ripken Walker, Emma Webb, Perry Westmoreland, as well as two area students: Nathan Haynes and Lauren Skaare (both of Dalton High School).

Also performing are area vocalists: Andrew Chauncey, Ted Long, Jennifer Phinney and Cassie Richardson and Creative Arts Guild and Ballet Dalton Company dancers: Alyssa Bennett, Emma Hackney, Lyndi Jensen, Adia Rann, Chloe Smith and Melanie Walker, directed by Ballet Dalton and Creative Arts Guild Dance Director, Jessie Fincher; as well Wes Phinney who will perform dramatic reading and a group of local children who will sing This Land is Your Land.

The event will be dedicated in loving memory of Bill and Annelle Gillilan, who shared a love of music, our community and our country. Bill proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954. The program will begin with the presentation of colors and include popular and traditional Pops favorites such as Stars and Stripes Forever and 1812 Overture.

Interested in performing at the Creative Arts Guild? Contact Music Director Lisa Elders at 706-259-1822 or for more information.