If you're looking for some good, down home music and don't feel like trekking downtown and pay the high price of admission to the Fox Theater or Phillips Arena, O-Zone Bar & Grill in Covington has you covered.
Located on City Pond Road, O-Zone, formally known as Down the Hatch, will be the venue for three shows this month.
On Aug. 8, Conyers native Thomas Tillman brings his smooth country sound to O-Zone for a show starting at 9:30 p.m. Tillman has been busy playing several venues throughout Georgia and recently played in Nashville, Tn.
Atlanta-based funk-rock band Mother's Finest will be in town Aug. 22 for one show also beginning at 9:30 p.m. Tickets will be $20 and includes a full-service buffet.
On Aug. 29, Shiloh, a hard-hitting county cover band from St. Louis stops in for one night. Showtime will also start at 9:30 p.m. New owner Roy Mote says each show usually runs until 1:30 a.m. and up to 750 people can attend.
Mote has changed the look of the local club since taking over as the primary owner last December and says he is pleased with the new sense of community seen at recent shows.
"In the past, we saw some things that wasn't right," Mote said. "We have tried to work with local police to clean up the underage drinking and fights."
Mote added, some of the behavior in the past bordered on reckless and vows to keep cleaning up the environment so people can have an enjoyable experience.
"We don't have any tolerance for that behavior," he said about the underage drinking and fighting. "Basically, we give people one shot. If they get violate those rules, we won't let them back in."
Mote said the club plays dance music during each band's set and the cover charge to see Tillman and Shiloh is $10 and also includes the buffet.
"It's been trial and error with the bands we choose," Mote said. "We have found that Covington is a country town and we try and accommodate our community. We are excited about the coming lineup."