By From staff, wire reports, The Decatur Daily
Start your summer on a high note as the Paul Stroud Concerts by the River kicks off Monday.
Rhodes Ferry Park will be the site of the Monday concerts through Sept. 6. The free concerts begin at 6 p.m. and usually conclude by 8 p.m.
Expand your musical horizons and enjoy some of the Valley’s most talented performers throughout the summer. The series will showcase a range of musical genres including country, contemporary Christian and Celtic; jazz, blues and gospel; and classic rock, bluegrass and big band.
New this year is a portable stage for the performers which was secured through support from state Sen. Arthur Orr for the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Monday night will feature the Bluegrass Soul Pickers, a five-piece band from Hazel Green. Their versatile sound ranges from hard-driving instrumentation and vocal harmonies to a smooth, soulful finesse.
The group formed in 2003 when three friends followed their dreams to sing, write and record the bluegrass style of music they listened to growing up. Members of the band include Shane Norman on mandolin, Lorne Wilde on upright bass, Buddy Mason on guitar, Brett Anderton on dobro and Weston Stewart on banjo. Visit www.soulpickers.com.
Concert-goers are invited to bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs or blankets.
The concert series, which began in 1991, now bears the name of the late Paul Stroud, a founding member of the Sophisticated Swingers who encouraged local musical talent and served as the series coordinator for many years.
Call 341-4818, e-mail email@example.com or visit decaturparks.com/eventsConcertsByTheRiver.asp for updates to the following schedule.
In case of inclement weather, cancellation decisions will be made after 4 p.m.
May 10: Austin High School Jazz Band, 6 p.m.; Rocket City Jazz Orchestra, 7 p.m.
May 17: Decatur Youth Symphony with special guest soloists, 6 p.m.; Decatur Youth Orchestra, 7 p.m.
May 24: Radio X, 6 p.m.; country singer/songwriter Cristina Lynn, 7 p.m.
May 31: Memorial Day, no concert
June 7: Akoustik Juice, 6 p.m.; the Terry McNeal Band, 7 p.m.
June 14: “Tribute Night,” Dorothy Cole as Tina Turner, 6-8 p.m.
June 21: Reginald Jackson and Friends, 6 p.m. (followed by a free movie screening of “Where the Wild Things Are”)
June 28: Sophisticated Swingers, 6 p.m.; Taylor McClain, 7 p.m.
July 5: Ghost Train, 6-8 p.m.
July 12: Michael Quarry, 6 p.m.; Madison Community Band, 7 p.m.
July 19: Slip Jig, 6-8 p.m.
July 26: Robert Montgomery and Friends, 6 p.m.; the Dixie Bluegrass Boys, 7 p.m.
Aug. 2: Jeff Whitlow and the Old Barn Band, 6-8 p.m.
Aug. 9: The Orr Sisters, 6 p.m.; Kenn Orr, 7 p.m.
Aug. 16: LaChelle Hood, 6 p.m.; Bob Walters Banned, 7 p.m.
Aug. 23: Susan Hood, 6 p.m.; Crosspoints Worship Band, 7 p.m.
Aug. 30: Gary McKenzie and Satchel Tweed, 6 p.m.: vocal showcase featuring students of Studio La Bella Voce, 7 p.m.
Sept. 6: The C.O. Jones Band, 6-8 p.m.
Movies in the Park
The free Movies in the Park screenings will begin June 5 with “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at Founders Park at Old State Bank. The family-friendly films will begin at dusk. Other films include:
June 21: “Where the Wild Things Are,” Rhodes Ferry Park
July 17: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” Delano Park
Aug. 6: “Million Dollar Duck,” Point Mallard Park
Aug. 21: “The Princess and the Frog,” Point Mallard Park
Aug. 28: “The Perfect Game,” Wilson Morgan Park
Sept. 11: “The Wizard of Oz,” Founders Park
Sept. 2: “Bedtime Stories,” Rhodes Ferry Park
For more information, call 341-4818 or see decaturparks.com/eventsMoviesintheParks.asp.