Step onto The Rose Carpet as we made our way to Hinesville, Georgia on Friday, June 22nd, for Weekend Sessions at The Liberty County Performing Arts Center with Bernard Rose and The Weekend Sessions Band, along with special guest performances. Weekend Sessions is a bi-monthly event that takes place in the military town of Hinesville, Georgia. The events began about two and a half years ago when creator and saxophonist Bernard Rose decided to take cultural matters into his own hands and create Weekend Sessions. “We don’t have a lot of regular cultural, arts, music events outside of the events that the city does,” explained Rose in a sit-down interview with CEO of The Rose Carpet Media Group, Kelaiah Rose. Following through on a dream that he had for many years, Bernard Rose took matters into his own hands and created Weekend Sessions, “…We don’t really have a consistent event in this area, so one of my dreams was to make a consistent event of this nature available to the public that they could come to.”
Weekend Sessions mainly focuses on musical talents from a multitude of genres to include Jazz and Blues, just to name a few, from many talented musicians from the community. Every event features Bernard Rose, better known as The Satin Sax, along with the Weekend Sessions Band. Carl Hudson and Tony Royster Sr. graced the Weekend Sessions stage accompanied by Willie Keith Milner, for providing the audio sound. This month’s event showcased local talent Mr. Percival Williams of the Tybee Island area. Specializing in guitar and piano, vocalist Percival Williams took over the show with some of his original songs from his debut album “Heaven & Earth,” as well as showcasing some cover songs of great classics such as “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers. You can catch local artist Percival Williams playing throughout the local community at many local clubs and churches throughout the Savannah, Georgia region. Mr. Williams is not the only artist who has graced the Weekend Sessions stage, often times a well-known national artist will also take part in this amazing local event. Although Weekend Sessions is a local event, Bernard Rose is no amateur to the music industry. Releasing his first album “Shorebreeze” in 2011, Bernard Rose was astonished by the feedback he received from many of the industry’s most influential key-players, to include making it through multiple rounds of the prescreening process of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Following his debut album, Rose released a Contemporary Jazz/Gospel album entitled “Faith, Inspiration, & Praise Vol. 1,” as well as his newest single release of “City Ways.” Although Rose has been focused on bringing more music and cultural diversity to the Coastal Georgia area, he has remained focused on releasing a third album within the following year.
Weekend Sessions is continuing to grow and expand through word of mouth and social media since the very beginning, as there is no hope for this festive event to come to an end any time soon. It is the hope of the Weekend Sessions creator, Bernard Rose, to eventually expand Weekend Sessions to the point that it reaches festival capacity and becomes a local festival for the Hinesville, Georgia local community. Many concert goers have been to more than one Weekend Sessions event and look forward to the ones to come in the future, “I just want to emphasis that this event was class, class, class. If you want to go out, really eat, dress-up, take your significant other out, or just to a really nice place, this is what you were waiting for,” says Mr. Percival Williams, this month’s headliner of the June 2018 Weekend Sessions events.
Since the start of the Weekend Sessions events there has been nothing but positive reviews and excitement surrounding the event. Creator of the Weekend Sessions festivities explains what it takes to turn an idea into an event such as Weekend Sessions, “Have a clear focus about what there is they are trying to accomplish and do, and pretty much have a strategic plan about how they’re going to accomplish it and get it done.” The importance of planning when starting any new venture is very important he further explains; not that problems and unwarranted issues won’t appear, but with proper preparation you will better be prepared for when these unexpected occurrences happen. “Plan, have something that you can be good and successful at because you have some expertise to do it.”
While Rose plans to continue to expand the Weekend Sessions platform, he does so with the community in mind. At each and every Weekend Sessions event, Rose and his team is able to allow individuals throughout the community to either sponsor the entire event, or showcase their goods and services by being a part of the vendors’ selection. Vendor tables allow for local entrepreneurs, as well as artist who participate in the Weekend Sessions event the ability to sell items from their business. Those who are interested in becoming a vendor or a sponsor of this event are asked to reach out directly to the Weekend Sessions team at (912)484-6320 for more information. It is very important to continue to have this event in Hinesville and allow it room to grow says Rose. Recently, Rose and his Weekend Sessions team have decided to branch out and incorporate sponsors for each and every Weekend Sessions event. The benefits of having businesses and individuals throughout the community shows just how much music can be a pioneer to banding this rich community together for an event that benefits the entire county.
The Weekend Sessions festivities don’t end here, continue to be a part of the Weekend Sessions lineup by staying connected with the Weekend Sessions Facebook page. Still can’t get enough of Weekend Sessions and the musical selections of Bernard Rose, say no more! Check out more from Satin Sax Here!