With temperatures heating up and the school year nearly finished, many summer activities have already kicked off. On Friday, a popular summer tradition will start with the first Mayor’s Night Out concert of the 2011 season.
All Mayor’s Night Out concerts will take place from 8-10 p.m. at the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park. Friday’s event will feature the South of the River Band. According to the group’s bio, for the past four years, South of the River Band has been entertaining crowds at fairs and festivals across West Virginia and Ohio with their unique mix of country and southern rock. The group’s musical influences include acts ranging from Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert to Lynyrd Skynrd.
The band has opened for famous Nashville stars, including Luke Bryan, Jason Michael Carroll, Randy House and Bucky Covington. The group also is set to open for Cletus T. Judd this August.
Original band members include: Austin Clark, lead guitar and vocals; Adam Spaur, drums; and Wyatt McClead on bass. A new addition to the group is Mason County Native Tarah Marie. Tarah, of New Haven, was the 2008 West Virginia State Finals Colgate Country Showdown winner. Also new to the band is Dana McClead of Parkersburg. McClead specializes in rhythm guitar but also can play both bass guitar and drums.
For more information on South of the River Band, visit the Web site, www.southoftheriverband.com.
Other scheduled Mayor’s Night Out concerts are: Gary Tolley, June 10; Forever Blessed, June 17; Smith & Company, June 24; Pakin Up, July 8; Paul Doeffinger, July 15; Shattred Alliance, July 22; Mustard Seed, July 29; Nathan Naylor and Tyler Sharp; Aug. 5; Elmer Miller, Aug. 19; and Bill Hawks, Aug. 26.