Following the success of the Summer Concert Series the downtown Guntersville area came to life again when the Lakeview Community Choir took the stage Thursday night for the inaugural fall concert in Errol Allan Park.
Made up of members from St. Minor Primitive Baptist Church, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist and Livingston Chapel AME (African Methodist Episcopal), the gospel choir enlivened and uplifted the crowd with songs of faith, praise, history and tradition.
The Mountain Valley Arts Council is proud to feature a notable lineup during the Music in the Park Fall Concert Series, said Will Smith, director of MVAC.
Energetic, fun, free concerts will be held Thursday evenings during September and October. Concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m., except Oct. 31 will start at 6. Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and a picnic dinner….and a blanket depending on the weather.
The series continues Thursday, Sept. 19, with the distinctive voice of Marsha Morgan, a Guntersville favorite.
Marsha Morgan (Marsha and the Mightys) performs an array of popular music and is best known for her acapella rendition of Janis Joplin’s “Oh Lord Won’t You Buy Me A Mercedes Benz.”
The following local and regional bands are set to play:
Oct. 10 - Mockingbird Lane
Mockingbird Lane is heavily influenced by artists like John Mayer and The Beatles. The family trio was founded in 2009 with dad Phillip Mosley on vocals and sons Chad Mosley on lead guitar and vocals and Lee Mosley on bass guitar and vocals. Currently, JT Berry on drums and Tommy Lamb on keyboard complete the sound.
Oct. 17 - Watters/Felts Project
The Watters/Felts Project is a jazz sextet based in and around Huntsville. The ensemble is led by trumpeter/flugel-hornist Ken Watters and vocalist Ingrid Felts. Other group members are pianist Keith Taylor, bassist Abe Becker, drummer Marcus Pope and percussionist Darrell Tibbs.
Oct. 24 - Charlotte Sometimes
Charlotte Sometimes is a VH1 “You Oughta Know” artist who released her debut album, Waves and The Both of Us (Geffen Records), in 2008. She recently competed on season two of NBC’s “The Voice.”
Oct. 31 - Persons of Interest
Persons of Interest is a band based in Albertville. They play music from the sixties and seventies rock, blues and soul. For this concert, the band will be adding a few Halloween rock ‘n roll favorites. Members include John Ard, Amye Groves, Mike Spurlin, Bill Hooper, Steve Couch, Jeff Baker, Mike Rives, Tim Mosley, Richie Whitehead, Robert Howard and Charity Hardeman. Others sometimes join them.
On Halloween night, MVAC, Northtown Merchants Association and Guntersville Public Library are teaming up to host an afternoon and evening of safe and secure family oriented fun complete with tricks, treats, a concert and a Halloween movie classic to be shown in the park.
“The Mountain Valley Arts Council would like to thank Mayor Leigh Dollar, the City Council, the late Errol Allan and his family, along with so many others who worked to make the park a possibility,” Smith said. “We have a lot planned for this Fall Season, so don’t miss out. Make your plans to attend today.”
The Errol Allan Park Fall Concert Series is sponsored by Bob Hembree Chevrolet, Marshall County Gas Board, Marshall County Foundation for the Fine Arts, Rock House Eatery, Table6, Total Dental Care, City of Guntersville and MVAC members.