Smokey’s Farmland Band, which will provide the music for Friday night's Live and Silent Country Auction, is based in Atlanta and has previously appeared at music venues in Dahlonega. The group is named after a 200-acre farm near the town of LaFayette in Northwest Georgia. Smokey Caldwell's farm is the focal point of the cavers who explore the magnificent underground caverns of neighboring Pigeon Mountain and is a popular venue for music festivals. Smokey's Farmland Band, which specializes in "good time eclectic bluegrass," was formed in 2004 when friends who played music and camped out together on Smokey's land decided to collaborate and further their music. Ian, Justin and Jared played enough music up there that folks on the farm started calling them Smokey's Farmland Band.