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On Saturday, Tullahoma’s Frazier McEwen Park will host the first of a unique series of free outdoor concerts featuring entertainment for the entire family.
“This will be a great opportunity for people to get out and enjoy the park and see everything it has to offer,” said Kurt Glick, parks and recreation director.
With a 4-foot-high stage, lighting and sound provided by Myers Concert Productions, live music will fill the area from the rear pavilion near the baseball field to the Rotary Rocket playground and beyond.
Local rhythm and blues dance band, “Utopia” will headline this Saturday night from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. The band will follow jazz duo, “Jazz Night Out,” with Marian Galbraith and Brian Justice, who will open at 7 p.m. with favorites from the Cole Porter era through contemporary R&B-flavored jazz.
Premium seating in front of the stage will be the sandy area normally used for “beach” volleyball, as well as the grassy areas next to it
“The sand is very hard-packed and firm, though,” Glick said, “so it’s easy to walk and dance on.
“Guests are encouraged to bring their own food and make a family picnic out of it, with coolers, blankets, lawn chairs or whatever they’d like to bring, and come early if you want to secure a good place to watch the show.”
Glick said guests are welcome to use the picnic tables under the pavilion shelters, but no seating will be provided directly in front of the stage.
“There will also be food and drink vendors selling barbecue, snacks, shaved ice, and things like that,” he said.
Parking will be available in the high school’s baseball parking lot, right next to the music venue, as well as the high school’s main lot.
“People can even park at D.W. Wilson (community center) and take the Rock Creek Greenway to the park, if they want,” he said.
“The playground will still have some lighting on it after dark, so kids can play on the equipment, and even dogs are welcome.”
The series will extend into the fall with three more Saturday night concerts, starting with “Lunar Beach House,” a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, on Sept. 15.
Singer-songwriter Kacey Smith will headline on Oct. 13, with opener Eva James, and Travis Wammack band to perform Oct. 27 with his own hits from the 1960’s and beyond, with special guest, “Magnolia.”
“This is part of a bigger picture to make Tullahoma more attractive to young people and showcase what a great community Tullahoma is to live in,” Mayor Lane Curlee said last week.
“Plus, it gives our existing residents one more fun thing to do.”