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The square hosts concerts in September

COVINGTON — As autumn draws near, local residents are invited to come visit the Square in Covington and enjoy some music on Thursday afternoons in September.

The Arts Association in Newton County, in partnership with Main Street Covington, will be hosting Fall Luncheon Concerts on the Square, beginning Sept. 4 and held every Thursday at noon in September.

Arts Association Artistic Director Ric Chiapetta said that a variety of artists will be playing. From jazz to folk, Thursdays on the Square will resonate with a wide range of music to welcome the season’s change.

Smooth jazz artist and Covington native Daniel Jackson will be the first artist to perform, kicking off the Concerts on the Square on Sept. 4.

“Daniel Jackson is a perennial favorite who grew up in Covington,” said Chiapetta. “He’s a product of T.K. Adams, and they’re a huge crowd favorite.”

Americana band Sweet Harmony will play on the following Thursday, Sept. 11. Sweet Harmony’s members are also from the Newton County area, and performed on the Square a few years ago. Chiapetta said the Arts Association is glad to have them back this year.

A trio named Celli-Cello will perform on Sept. 18. Celli-Cello performs many genres including classical, pop and rock, all on the cello. The band’s leader, Erin Cassel, is the instructor of the Arts Association’s new string program.

“They create some wonderful sounds, and some wonderful songs,” said Chiapetta.

The following week, on Sept. 25, blues group The Bobby Swain Band will present its rendition of New Orleans-style music. Bobby Swain came to the area from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. Chiapetta said that Swain carries on the traditions of time-honored New Orleans blues music, similar to that of the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Chiapetta said the Concerts on the Square is a popular event and several hundred people often show up for the performances. Although there is currently construction going on in the Square, the Arts Association hopes that it will be completed before the first show.

In the case that construction will get in the way, or if inclement weather occurs, the performances will be moved to a banquet room at Turner Lake Park.