McDonough Will ROCK Sept. 10 with the McDonough Rock Festival

Benefit for Nicholas & Friends Foundation, a Nonprofit Serving Special Needs Students and Teachers

By Jennifer Sheran, publisher Macaroni Kid McDonough, Stockbridge, Hampton, Locust Grove August 24, 2022

Get ready music fans! The sounds of classic rock music will reverberate throughout downtown McDonough on September 10 when the McDonough Rock Festival comes to Hood Street Gallery’s outdoor space. The festival will encompass two stages and feature five bands paying homage to the greatest rock music of our time. Bring your lawn chairs and come on down to partake in food, beverages, and great music.

The festival begins at 3:00 pm with the first band kicking off at 4:30 pm. Five bands will take the stage throughout the day playing rock from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and now from many of your favorite bands as well as some original tunes. Food trucks will be on hand for food and beverage purchases. 

The McDonough Rock Festival Show Rundown

4:30 – 5:30 PM
Nathan Morgan Band, from McDonough, will get the day started with their kind of hard-driving rock n’ roll. You can often see Nathan Morgan Band at Southern Roots.
5:30 - 6:15 PMJay Presley, an acoustic artist from Griffin, and his band will play a variety of rock and country.
6:15 - 7:45 PMHead Games is an Atlanta-based Foreigner tribute band. They will play all the group’s top songs from the 70s, 80s, and 90s and we will all want to sing along.  “I want to know what love is…”
7:45 – 8:30 PM
Years of Sorrow will kick up the energy with its original rock sound.
8:30 – 10:00 PM
Nighttrain International Guns n Roses Tribute Show will cap off the evening with the classic hard-driving songs and rock ballads of GNR.

A Festival with a Purpose – Supporting Nicholas & Friends Foundation

The McDonough Rock Festival is more than a fun evening out, good food, and great music, it supports the Nicholas & Friends Foundation, a local nonprofit organization which supports special needs students and their classrooms. Funds raised from the festival will support classroom needs for students and teachers in Henry county.

Nicholas and Friends Foundation was founded in February 2021 as a nonprofit foundation that supports and provides needed supplies to Henry County Inclusive Special Needs Classrooms. Rebecca Garner and John Drummond’s son Nicholas inspired the passion for the foundation. Nicholas, who was born with a cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and has Cerebal Palsy, is 16 years old and attends Locust Grove High School in Henry County.

John, Rebecca and Nicholas drop off a donation to a local school.

John and Rebecca plan on making the McDonough Rock Fest an annual event. This will be its second year and coming out of tighter pandemic protocols, they expect significant growth this year. But they need you to attend and help make a difference for special needs kids in our county.

Get Your McDonough Rock Festival Tickets

Kids 12 and under are admitted free! (You may want to bring noise cancelling headphones)

Tickets are $30 - $50 per person

Please only purchase your tickets through this Eventbrite link to avoid scammers.


Macaroni KID McDonough is proud to join these great local businesses in sponsoring the McDonough Rock Festival:

  • Auto Expressions
  • Classic Kingdom Entertainment LLC
  • Gallery at Hood Street
  • Hank & Jerry’s Tavern
  • High Priority Plumbing
  • Macaroni KID McDonough
  • Market South Properties
  • McDonough PD
  • Mirco Bus Moments
  • Mobility Warehouse
  • Mobility Warehouse
  • Modern Woodman of America
  • Operation Lunchbox
  • Saints and Sinners ATL Tattoo and Piercings
  • SCB Video TV Marketing
  • Special Needs Respite, Inc.
  • Spice Logistics, LLC
  • Tunnel to Towers McDonough, GA

 For Inquiries & Information on how to become a Festival Sponsor, please use the Contact Form on the McDonough Rock Festival site.