Fall luncheon concerts on the Covington Square begin Sept. 5

COVINGTON — It’s time to get out the peanut butter and jelly, grab and old blanket and head to the Covington Square to picnic at one of Arts Association Newton County’s most popular events.

The fall Concerts on the Square series, held each Thursday in September from noon to 1 p.m., is set to begin on Sept. 5.

“We’ve got an eclectic group of artists lined up like we always try to have,” said Artistic Director Ric Chiapetta. “The fall series tends to be pretty popular. I think it’s because it follows on the heels of our second Friday series and it’s kind of a continuation. The programs are very well attended and the weather is usually very cooperative.”

Should the weather fail to cooperate, the concerts will be adjourned to the Turner Lake Recreation Complex on Turner Lake Road.

“We’ll start off with a brass quintet featuring Stephen Wilson who was with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as a trombone player and retired to the Covington area,” Chiapetta said, adding that the quintet is made up of several other members who also played with the Atlanta Symphony.

The next concert will be on Sept. 12 and will feature Lou’s Rhythm and Blues out of Duluth who play soft rock music from the ’70s and ’80s.

On Sept. 19, another local favorite will perform — Johnny Roquemore and the Apostles of Bluegrass will fill the Square with the distinctive Bluegrass sound.

Wrapping up the series, will be a crowd favorite the Daniel Jackson Band, featuring a popular musician from the area.

“Daniel Jackson is a sax player and the band plays a smooth jazz,” Chiapetta said.

The concerts are free and citizens are urged to bring a chair or a blanket and have lunch under the big magnolia trees while enjoying the music.