The event series includes three bands: the Tams, Rupert’s Orchestra and the Kinchafoonee Cowboys. All with local ties, the bands provide different genres.
For those interested in dancing to an oldies beach band, visit the Tams concert May 24. The June 28 guests, Rupert’s Orchestra, perform cover songs on a variety of artists, ranging from Michael Jackson to Adele. The summer will end with the Kinchafoonee Cowboys August 23 performing their two new country songs “We Came Here to Honky Tonk” and “Take a Ride in the Country.”
The Tams describe their sound as Motown with a “rhythm that grasps your body and whirls it into motion.” They were formed in Atlanta in 1962.
Rupert’s Orchestra is a 12-member dance band that formed in 1987 to open Rupert’s Nightclub in Atlanta. They were voted Atlanta’s best house band, according to their website. They perform everything from Top 40 hits to Motown and classic rock to 1940s hits.
Kinchafoonee Cowboys started out in 1991 in Terrell County, and began playing shows at the University of Georgia. They play country covers and their own songs at shows in small clubs to large outdoor festivals.
The event is free and will have food vendors and alcohol sales, according to Loren Roberts with the city’s parks and recreation department.
“We’re reaching out to local restaurants first, offering them spots to serve and show off their food,” Roberts said.
There is a picnic feel to the nights with room for people to lay blankets on the lawn and dance.
“It’s like a laser show but with live bands,” she said.
The concert series is something the city council and mayor have envisioned for a few years, Roberts said, and when she joined the city staff last year she made it a reality. Former event planning experience helped.
Although the set-up is mostly quilts on the ground, there will be VIP tables for sale. The tables are $150 and seat up to eight people, right next to the stage.
“This is something we hope the whole family will come to,” Roberts said. “Treat it as an opportunity to get out on a Friday night and relax and be in downtown.”
If you go:
What: Chamblee Fourth Friday Concert Series
When: May 24, June 28, August 23, 7 to 10 p.m.
Where: Centennial Park next to Chamblee City Hall, 5468 Peachtree Road
Cost: Free, VIP tables $150