McPher­son Street closes out Fourth Fri­day series

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Sean Wil­liams SJ Correspondent

The cor­ner of Cedar­town’s Main and Prior streets once again turned into an evening of dance­wor­thy mu­sic, strik­ing cars, and mouth-wa­ter­ing food thanks to Fourth Fri­day clos­ing out its third year.

The al­ways free event takes place dur­ing sum­mer and is de­signed to bring North­west Geor­gia res­i­dents to­gether for an evening of fel­low­ship.

The Sept. 22 edi­tion of Fourth Fri­day closed the Sum­mer 2017’s lineup of con­certs, but lo­cals can look for­ward to next year when the series is sure to re­turn stronger than ever.

The stage was given to band McPher­son Street who took the op­por­tu­nity to rock for the full twohour event. A cover band, McPher­son Street played pop­u­lar tunes from the De­cem­berists, Tom Petty, Jim Croce, and more.

“We con­sider it a mix of rock, both clas­sic and new, with a lit­tle bit of blue­grass thrown in for fun,” pointed out band mem­bers Kel­ley Pol­lard, Jack Brown­ing and Amy Eubanks.

Septem­ber’s con­cert drew a smaller crowd than usual, but var­i­ous at­ten­dees seemed to be en­joy­ing the con­cert to no ends.

At­tendee Carissa Kel­ley was seen danc­ing around with her son Lu­cas dur­ing McPher­son Street’s per­for­mance.

“He ( Lu­cas) loves to dance,” Kel­ley said. “There’s not a lot of live events he can dance at around here, but we came here a few years ago and we en­joyed it.”

Down the street from the con­cert is where cit­i­zens can find the rare and unique cars fea­tured by the Throt­tle Jock­eys. Fourth Fri­day is part­nered with the car club that presents sev­eral dozen show cars at each event.

Nu­mer­ous cit­i­zens have taken to set­ting up lawn chairs near the cars, and with food ven­dors nearby, the closed off street might be the ideal place to spend time on Fri­day evenings at the end of the month.

“I’m here more for the mu­sic,” at­tendee Robert Mcdow­ell said. “They’ve played a lot of my fa­vorites, and I’ll prob­a­bly come to fu­ture con­certs.”

Fourth Fri­day was orig- in­ally born out of the Down­town Re­nais­sance Plan­ning and Vi­sion­ing Pro­gram, and the con­cert series has since been a sta­ple in en­ter­tain­ing and in­volv­ing cit­i­zens in Cedar­town’s his­toric down­town.

Con­certs are free thanks to spon­sors such as GEO, Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter, The HON Com­pany, WGAA Ra­dio, Ki­moto Tech, Southcrest Bank, and the Polk County Stan­dard Jour­nal, among oth­ers.

Orig­i­nally, the series was set for May through July, but due to rain post­pone­ments in late June and late July, the con­certs went on into Au­gust and this month.

Sean Wil­liams / Stan­dard Jour­nal

McPher­son Street (ABOVE and BE­LOW) pro­vides tunes for lo­cal res­i­dents to en­joy in a make-up show for one called off at the end of July due to the rain.

Aimee Mad­den / City of Cedar­town

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