“We started off the series a little soggy in that we had to cancel The Rockingbirds in May, but we [were] able to continue in June with Eastern Seaboard who put on a great show and certainly is a local band. [They] did another fabulous job in [bringing] the crowds out,” Cartersville DDA Manager Tara Currier said. “A huge thanks to Coosa Valley Credit Union and Wynn Pontiac GMC for sponsoring that event. Now we’re going to wrap up the series with Babe’s Bayou sponsored by Meadows Heating & Air and, of course, they are a definite crowd favorite. [They have] played, I believe, here now three years and always draw a big group.
“... I just encourage people to come out,” she said, adding Cartersville Shrine Club’s Car Cruise also will be underway in downtown Cartersville Aug. 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. “It’s the last weekend before school starts and I think it will be a wonderful opportunity for friends and family to get together kind of a last hoorah, a last opportunity to hang out as a family before we get back into the school year. So I hope we see a good crowd downtown and, of course, we always encourage people to come early and enjoy many of our fine restaurants and a little shopping before the event.”
To be held at Friendship Plaza, the concert will kick off with Luther’s Mountain Bluegrass Band at 6 p.m., with the Adairsville-based Babe’s Bayou — known for its country rock sound — following at 7 p.m. Even though the concert will be free to the public, individuals and groups will have the opportunity to purchase a reserved table that seats eight for $100.
“I think part of the [concert series’] appeal is that we’re featuring local talent because we have so much local talent,” Cartersville DDA Special Events Coordinator Sandy Lusk said. “In years past, we had bigger budgets and we could pay for bigger name bands, but I am telling you we had a pretty full Friendship Plaza when we had the concert on June 1 [featuring] Eastern Seaboard. They were packed.
“... [At each concert], I really enjoy just seeing people come downtown and enjoying what we have to offer down here. It’s family-friendly. It’s free and you can tell that people are having a good time. It doesn’t cost them any money and I think they just enjoy the small town atmosphere of being able to come downtown and enjoy something like that.”
For Currier, Luther’s Mountain Bluegrass Band’s performance will give the audience a snapshot of the upcoming Cartersville Bluegrass and Folk Festival Oct. 19.
“We’re so excited to have Luther’s Mountain Bluegrass,” Currier said. “They’re another regional band, obviously bluegrass musicians. [They] have played a bit at Booth Western Art Museum, so some people who have attended those events might recognize some of the faces and the sounds.
“But it’s going to be a great preview to that Cartersville Bluegrass and Folk Festival, a new event that the Cartersville DDA board and staff just wanted to do to help entice maybe a different crowd, a different type of offering for downtown to get people here to experience some great music. And we’ll have a kids’ area, lots of craft activities that will tie into the bluegrass theme, and of course, our train will be an instrumental part of the festival as is anything held in the downtown district. So we’re very excited to have them give that sneak peek of what will be offered this fall.”
For more information about the Summer Concert Series, call the Cartersville DDA at 770-607-3480.