RIVERDALE — Thousands of people from across metro Atlanta were on “Fire” to attend the first installment of the City of Riverdale’s South City Concert Series. “We turned Riverdale out,” said Cie Cie McGhee, the city’s marketing and events specialist.
The event was held Saturday June 16, at the Riverdale Town Center Amphitheater, at 7200 Church Street.
1970s rhythm, blues and funk band the Sugarfoot Ohio Players took the stage, and got the crowd out of their seats, to groove to their famous hit songs, “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster.” The host for the evening soiree were KISS 104.1 FM radio on-air personalities , who also dispensed free, hand-held fans to many in the audience.
McGhee said the scores of people clapped and swayed with the music, often getting out of their seats to dance.
Also on the menu of performers, were rhythm and blues artists Brick and Shirley Jones, who closed out the first concert of the summer.
“I’ve seen a lot of young entertainment,” said Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Wynn Dixon, “but that Sugar Foot band had people on their feet from the time they took the stage until it was time to go home. It was so good that we had to force people to go home.”
McGhee said this year the concert line up will include:
Saturday July 21 will be: Rhythm and blues artist Freddy Jackson, 1980s American funk band The Dazz Band, and rhythm and blues artist Meli’sa Morgan, known for her famous hit song “Do me baby.”
Saturday August 18: 1980s electro funk band Midnight Star; rhythm and blues artist Cherrelle, whose signature hits include “I Didn't Mean to Turn You On” and “Where Do I Run To”, and rhythm and blues artist Lenny Williams, known for his 1977 hit “Choosing You.”
Concert tickets prices are: $15 for general admissions, $25 for reserved seating and VIP, $300 for tables, which seat eight people.
McGhee said the purpose of the summer series is to spotlight the City of Riverdale’s cultural arts programs and part of the proceeds from the ticket sales will go toward the program.
In addition to the concerts McGhee added the city will host “Cool Down Thursdays” at the Town Center. She said local artist will perform and the event is free to the public.
“We just want to offer quality entertainment to people at an affordable price,” said Mayor Dixon. “This is a great opportunity for families and couples to come and enjoy themselves and reminisce.”
McGhee said the concerts also feature venders who are on site to sell food and beverages. For more information about “Cool Down Thursday” and the concerts call (770) 909-5300.