By Joel Hall
Beginning this weekend and continuing all summer long, Olde Towne Morrow will be a musical venue for local artists, covering the genres of country, folk, Christian rock and alternative, to name a few.
The first-ever Olde Towne Morrow Summer Concert Series will kick off Saturday with a concert featuring Herb Jones and the Outlaws of Love, and David McCollum. The concert is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m.
According to Jessica Kilby, main street coordinator for Olde Towne Morrow, the series will feature, at least, seven bands over the next few months, including Newnan-native, country singer, and "American Idol" contestant, Alan Corbette Jackson and the Corbette Jackson Band. She said she believes the concert series will attract citizens to what the city is calling a "new downtown" for the City of Morrow.
"Being a new downtown, most downtowns do some kind of concert series in the summer," Kilby said. "This is a good way to draw people here to see the stores and everything. There will be a few more stores that are there, [rather] than when we opened for 'Christmas in the Park.'"
According to Kilby, the line up for the Summer Concert Series includes:
* June 12, from 6 to 9 p.m., Herb Jones and the Outlaws of Love, featuring special guest, David McCollum. The band, which plays a mixture of Americana, folk, and rock and roll, is led by City of Morrow Fire Marshal Herb Jones. McCollum is a singer, songwriter and employee with the City of Morrow Public Works Department.
* July 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., Atlanta-based, indie-soul artist, Yoeshi Roberts. According to Robert's web site, the singer/acoustic guitarist plays a variety of music, including hip hop, rhythm and blues, rock, and classic rock.
* July 24, from 5 to 11 p.m., The Corbette Jackson Band, featuring "American idol" contestant, Alan Corbette Jackson. As part of a country-wide college-performance tour, the Newnan-native will perform live before listeners in Morrow, along with several opening acts, Kilby said.
* Aug. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m., Strickland, a Fairburn, Ga.-based southern rock band. The band performs a variety of music from the 1980s and 1990s, as well as blues, soul, country, and classic rock, according to the band's web site.
* Aug. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m., Georgia-based Christian Rock bands, House of Thomas, and Builders None, will perform. Singer/songwriter David McCollum will also perform.
* Sept. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m., local country music band, The Red Rock Boys, and McDonough-based square-dance troop, Lads N' Lassies, will perform. According to Kilby, the concert will feature an hour-long, interactive, square-dancing demonstration.
On June 26, from 4 to 10 p.m., the City of Morrow will host its annual SummerFest for the first time at Olde Town Morrow. According to Kilby, the event will feature live musical entertainment, food vendors, inflatables, children's activities, and a fireworks display at dark.
"SummerFest is just a big activity for families in general," she said. "This past year was also the first time that we had 'Christmas in the Park' at Olde Towne Morrow, and at that time, our turnout doubled from about 3,500 to 4,000 to 6,500 [people]. We're hoping that we can do the same thing for SummerFest."
Herb Jones, Morrow's fire marshal and a musician for 20 years, said the concert series will give local artists an opportunity to shine.
"It supports the local music community," he said. "There are a ton of talented musicians out here. It [the concert series] gives them a place to showcase their talent and share their music as well. I think once it gets going ... it's [Olde Towne Morrow is] gong to be a great venue."
Another concert in the series is scheduled for Sept. 25, but the act and time have yet to be announced. For more information about the concert series, visit www.oldetownemorrow.com.