Sea­sonal sound on the square

Art As­so­ci­a­tion spring con­certs on the square to re­sume in May

The Covington News - - Newton @ Play - By Rachel Oswald

This Thurs­day af­ter­noon be­gins a beloved Cov­ing­ton sum­mer­time tra­di­tion — the Arts As­so­ci­a­tion in New­ton County’s Con­certs on the Square pro­gram.

For the month of May, the Arts As­so­ci­a­tion along with cor­po­rate spon­sor BB& T will present a se­ries of free and pub­lic con­certs on the Cov­ing­ton square ev­ery Thurs­day at noon.

Start­ing off the con­cert se­ries on May 1 is the Al­covy High School Band un­der the di­rec­tion of band di­rec­tor Lloyd McDon­ald.

“ We are go­ing to be play­ing all kinds of stuff,” McDon­ald said of his band’s up­com­ing per­for­mance. “ We are go­ing to be fea­tur­ing a wide variety of styles high­light­ing mu­sic of Amer­ica.”

McDon­ald said au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion in sev­eral of the songs will be en­cour­aged.

Abi­gail Cog­gin, pro­gram di­rec­tor for the Arts As­so­ci­a­tion, said that the groups cho­sen to per­form this year all came rec­om­mended by peo­ple in the New­ton County com­mu­nity.

“ They’re all Ge­or­gia artists,” Cog­gin said, adding that the Arts As­so­ci­a­tion worked hard to come up with a variety of gen­res for con­cert at­ten­dees to en­joy this year.

A blue­grass group, the Mus­sel­white Fam­ily will be the next to per­form on May 8. The band fea­tures the four Mus­sel­white sib­lings on the fid­dle, banjo, man­dolin and bass. They are ac­com­pa­nied by their mother, Cindy, who plays the gui­tar.

On May 15, The John Scott Jazz Quar­tet will per­form on the square fol­lowed by the Ja­maican SWATT Reg­gae Band on May 22.

Round­ing out the month of free mu­sic are Dan and Perri Walden on May 29. The duo will be play­ing old time and tra­di­tional folk mu­sic. A self- de­scribed “ hip­pie,” Dan Walden serves as the di­rec­tor of Youth & Chil­dren’s Min­istries at the First Pres­by­te­rian Church in Cov­ing­ton.

The Arts As­so­ci­a­tion’s free con­certs on the square will re­sume again in Septem­ber.

Float­ing fun: Mary Ham­mer, left, looks on as her friend Anna Gowa­sack ties a bal­loon on the arm of 7year-old Au­drey Holder at a fall 2007 free con­cert on the square. BB&T is the cor­po­rate spon­sor of the pro­gram again this year.

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