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Revived Jonesboro concert series taking shape

— After an absence of a few years, Jonesboro’s summer concert series is expected to return this year with a heavy focus on music of the past.

City Councilman Randy Segner said he has lined up three dates for the concert series. He said he has tentatively scheduled rocker Bill Turpin to perform July 27, the band ARH to perform Aug. 24 and The Buggs to perform Sept. 21.

Bill Turpin’s band focuses on rock hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s, said Segner, while The Buggs is a Beatles cover band.

ARH’s music is a bit more eclectic. Their web site, arhband.com, lists their music styles as including rock, country, acoustic ballads and reggae.

Each concert will last from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Segner said contracts have not yet been signed to secure each band, so the line-up should be considered tentative.

It’s been a slow return to life for the concert series.

It died in 2010 when city leaders eliminated its funding to accommodate budget cuts. Councilwoman Pat Sebo found some outside funding sources to stage a free jazz concert on the lawn of the Historic Clayton County Courthouse in 2011. Last year, the city was invited to participate in the Atlanta Jazz Festival’s 31 Days of Jazz Program and Segner found some private funding to stage a concert by The Buggs.

Earlier this year, the city council formally gave its blessing to resurrect the concert series. On top of that, the city participated in 31 Days of Jazz for the second year in a row with last weekend’s Jazz Under the Stars concert.