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Downtown concert series starts in May

COVINGTON - The popular Luncheon Concerts on the Square hosted by the Arts Association in Newton County kicks off May 2, and this year's line up of artists represent a variety of musical genres.

The series takes places at noon each Thursday in May on the Square Park in downtown Covington and is free and open to all.

The Eastside Symphonic Band and All County Honor Band will get the series started. The 55-member Eastside Symphonic Band will perform the first half of the hour-long concert, with a set that includes pieces from "Les Miserables" and the classic Irish ballad "Danny Boy." The All County Honor Band will finish off the hour. The band, formed four years ago, features students from Newton, Eastside and Alcovy high schools, and band directors from each school will direct a song. Newton County Community Band Director T.K. Adams will be the special guest director of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

This is the seventh year high school band students have participated in the concert series.

"We play a lot of our concerts at our school for parents and people at school, teachers come out and other kids come out. When we get to do a concert like this on the Square, we're playing for all sorts of folks that might never make it inside the three different schools," said Eastside Band Director Alan Fowler.

"I think of the concerts on the Square as a little slice of Americana," he added.

Ric Chiapetta, artistic director for the Arts Association, said he tries to find eclectic acts that appeal to a broad base of musical interests, which in part attributes to the series' popularity.

"I think it's a perfect setting. The Square in Covington is a magical place for concerts," Chiapetta said.

Here is the line-up for this year's series:

  • May 2 - Eastside Symphonic Band and All County Honor Band
  • May 9 - Jorge Alvarez Latin Trio - Latin jazz
  • May 16 - Tony Bryant Blues Band - blues
  • May 23 - John Mashinot, Long Hollow Hooley - Celtic
  • May 30 - Anthony Glover, Majestic Dub Kru - reggae

Bryant is from Oxford and the other three bands are from the Atlanta area.

In case of inclement weather, the May 2 concert will be held on the third floor of the Newton County Administration Building. All other concerts will be held at Turner Lake Complex at 6185 Turner Lake Road in case of inclement weather.