Stu­dent con­cert re­turns to the Square

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A group of di­verse mu­si­cians will per­form at McKibben Mu­sic’s open-air recital in the Square. The event is free and open to the com­mu­nity.

Mack McKibben, owner of McKibben Mu­sic and mu­si­cian in Drive Time Band launched the first con­cert seven years ago to show­case what stu­dent tal­ent. Sun­day, July 7 marks the se­cond con­cert since, and McKibben couldn’t be hap­pier.

“The first recital we ever had was out there in the park,” he said. “We set up a grand pi­ano, had some gui­tars and a lit­tle group per­formed. All par­tic­i­pants par­tic­i­pat­ing in this are all stu­dents and there will be teach­ers as well.”

At 7 p.m. the group of par­tic­i­pants ages 8-37 will per­form all kinds of mu­sic – from “Pop Goes the Weasel” to Aero­smith to Johnny Cash to gospel. In ad­di­tion, there will also be vi­o­lin­ists, vo­cals, gui­tar and pi­ano.

The school typ­i­cally has both a fall and spring recital for their stu­dents, but this is their first year host­ing a July con­cert. They of­fered lessons in sum­mer months to keep stu­dents ac­tive and in­volved. The con­cert is a ma­jor in­cen­tive for the roughly 230-strong group of sum­mer stu­dents com­ing at­tend­ing weekly lessons. Five out of the 10 teach­ers will par­tic­i­pate, along with 20 to­tal stu­dents.

Past per­former of note Lo­gan Robert­son took lessons there be­fore he re­cently grad­u­ated from The At­lanta In­sti­tute of Mu­sic. McKibben’s school helps peo­ple of all ages, like a 76-year-old stu­dent who took drum lessons.

“It’s go­ing to be a fun lit­tle old con­cert,” McKibben said. “[It is] laid­back; peo­ple can bring chairs and blan­kets and sit on the lawn.”

Mu­sic will last for about an hour and 15 min­utes, so any­one pass­ing by can stop for live mu­sic at the Square.

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