The free-admission performances will begin June 21 with a concert by Little Known Letter, followed by The Old Mill Road Band and Babe’s Bayou Band on July 19 and Aug. 9, respectively. Each event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Bartow Amphitheatre, a more than 300-seat outdoor venue at the conference center, 5450 State Route 20 in Cartersville.
“We have a wonderful venue in the amphitheater and it’s had real limited uses,” said Melissa Bell, director of the Clarence Brown Conference Center. “We’ve had a couple of churches and the Shakespeare series out there, but we just wanted the general public to be aware that it’s there. In the evenings, it’s just a great little place to meet and have weddings there — that type of thing. So really the main impetus behind it is to build the awareness that we have this wonderful amphitheater that’s not getting utilized. So that’s the main reason.
“... We’re just excited about it. The first day of summer is June 21 — that’s our first concert and [the band] is Little Known Letter. It’s a younger independent sort of band. They are from Rome and the other two groups are from Cartersville — The Old Mill Road Band and Babe’s Bayou. They both have pretty good followings. So it should be [a lot] of fun.”
In addition to presenting a variety of music, the Summer Concert Series will offer food and beverages for purchase, or if patrons prefer, they may bring their own picnics.
“We love public events,” said Regina Wheeler, deputy director for Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “As a Convention & Visitors Bureau overseeing the Clarence Brown Conference Center, we love it when we can host any public events here. The more events that can showcase what [the conference center has] to offer, the variety and diverse spaces that we have both interior and exterior, that’s our goal. [It] is to get people in here, see what we have to offer. A concert series certainly has the opportunity to bring people from across the region as bands that are lining up will have followers in other communities as well. So we’re very excited about that opportunity and glad to be able to offer it free.
“We are certainly thankful of our sponsors that have stepped up this year to help us begin this series — Coosa Valley Credit Union, Nida Financial Group and Wynn Buick GMC. We’re very pleased that they’re making that possible, so that we can just host the bands, give this back to the community as a free offering. The Bartow Amphitheatre has been used for a variety of events since we opened, but we think it has a lot more application. So this is just another way of showcasing that.”
For more information, call 770-606-5763 or visit www.brownconferencecenter.com.