Concerts on tap this weekend

Concerts on tap this weekend

May 12th, 2011 by Randall Higgins in News

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - After two weeks of tornado cleanup, the downtown Cleveland focus this weekend is entertainment.

Friday evening features the Evening Shade outdoor concerts at Johnston Park. On Saturday, music and arts continue with the First Street Square arts festival.

In its 17th season, Evening Shade is a free, family-friendly series presented by the Allied Arts Council of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce and funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Pete Rivera, former drummer and lead singer for Rare Earth, is the headliner for Friday. He will be playing an "unplugged'' set with a guitarist and a keyboardist, said Kyle Elrod, event organizer.

Fans of 1970s music will remember Rivera's "Get Ready'' and "I Just Want to Celebrate,'' Elrod said.

Also performing Friday will be The Collins Brothers.

A week later, May 20, Sweet Georgia Brown will bring a big-band sound to the park, featuring the vocals of Greg Glover of WRCB-TV news.

The outdoor concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. each Friday in May.

MainStreet Cleveland is adding to the entertainment menu on Saturday with the first Arts Festival at First Street Square, a new city park at the corner of First and Parker streets across from the Museum Center at Five Points.

More than 20 artists will be featured, said Ken Cagle, Arts Festival committee member.

Saturday's program is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Music includes Adrian and Stormy Fisher performing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Cleveland Storytelling Guild will entertain at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. with storytellers Judy Baker, Maurine Olin and Pete Vanderpool.

The festival includes music, crafts and face painting for kids, and food.

The event is sponsored by Easy Auto, Ed Jacobs and Associates and Pioneer Credit, said Sharon Marr, MainStreet director.