Evening Shade returns Friday for 19th season
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Evening Shade Concerts
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The park is sure to be packed for the 19th annual Evening Shade Concerts in the Park series in downtown Cleveland’s Johnston Park this May.

Evening Shade is a free, family-friendly entertainment series made possible each year by the Allied Arts Council of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce. The series is funded in part by local sponsors and under agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission.

“We will once again bring a diverse variety of superb talent to the community,” Kyle Elrod, event organizer, said. “All you need to do is bring a chair or blanket and your family or friends to enjoy an evening of good music — free of charge.”

Headliners for the 2013 season are The Molly Maguires, Spencer’s Own, The Isaacs, the Greater Cleveland Community Band and Ron Dante.

Opening acts include Erisa Rei, Walker Valley Band Jazz Combo, Stevie G and the Rockerz.

“We have musical styles ranging from Broadway to bluegrass,” Elrod said. “These concerts are entertaining and allow the option to bring your whole family.”

The season opens on May 3 with The Molly Maguires, who have been Chattanooga’s premier Irish band for 16 years.

“The Molly Maguires bring a unique interpretation to songs from the 17th century to the 21st century,” Elrod explained. “They will bring traditional Irish tunes with a rock-and-roll attitude to the park for a fun evening.”

Opening for The Molly Maguires is Erisa Rei, who finds her musical home in the roots-rock/Americana genres.

The second concert in the series on May 10 is Spencer’s Own, a quintet of brothers sought-after for their vocal harmonies.

“Spencer’s Own will also be in our local schools the week prior to their concert,” Elrod said. “Parents and students alike will enjoy seeing this group perform in the park”

Opening for Spencer’s Own is the Walker Valley High School Mustang Jazz Combo, which performs a wide variety of music from traditional to modern jazz with an emphasis on improvisation.

On May 17, The Isaacs will perform for the third concert of the series. This award-winning family group is widely recognized for their performances at the Grand Ole Opry and on the Gaither Homecoming videos and concert series.

“We began getting calls about the concerts in the park the day The Isaacs were announced as part of this year’s series,” Elrod noted.

“Their unique style that marries bluegrass harmonies and instrumentation with modern Southern gospel lyrics is sure to draw a crowd.”

Elrod added The Isaacs will have the entire evening.

The May 24 concert will feature the Greater Cleveland Community Band performing excerpts from their “Broadway Off Broad Street” show.

“The Community Band is returning by popular demand for the Memorial Day weekend concert,” Elrod said. “They are a crowd favorite and will showcase tunes from familiar musicals.”

Rounding out the 2013 series is Ron Dante, the lead singing voice for the animated group The Archies.

“Ron will be a real treat for the audience,” Elrod said. “He will include such tracks as ‘Old Time Rock and Roll,’ ‘Rockin’ Robin’ and ‘Angels Among Us’ in his show.”

Opening for Dante are Stevie G and the Rockerz, the band that played last year for Dennis Tufano.

The concert series will take place every Friday evening in May and will begin at 6:30 p.m.