Meadville Tribune

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July 4, 2014

Concert series returns to Meadville's Diamond throughout July

MEADVILLE — Meadville’s Blane Shade was really excited about the Downtown Meadville Summer Concert Series season kicking off Thursday evening in Diamond Park.

“It’s just wonderful entertainment, a break from the monotony of everyday life,” Shade said.

Shade and his wife, Joan, have attended the free series since it started five years ago. For Joan, the variety of the musical acts is the spice that keeps bringing her back.

“You get a taste of the different music out there,” she said. “It’s not the same thing over and over.”

Thursday’s playbill featured Rachel Eddy of Morgantown, W.Va., and her old-time Appalachian musical stylings.

“This fits into what we enjoy,” Blane said.

Pat Ewing of Meadville had never attended the concert series but said she read about it in the Tribune and convinced her son, Lynn Weuchevich, to come along on Thursday.

Barbara McClimans and Pat Powers, both of Meadville, brought sandwiches to the Diamond for a picnic before the show. They are long-time attendees of the concert series.

“We look forward to these every Thursday night,” McClimans said. “We see a lot of people we know. The fountain is beautiful and the weather usually cooperates.”

Powers agreed.

“We think this is a nice thing to do in beautiful Diamond Park.” Powers said.

Even though it rained Thursday afternoon, the weather cleared up and more than 100 people watched Eddy and her band perform.

Dave Washousky, a member of concert series’ planning committee, has been involved since day one and is pleased with the direction the event is headed.

“Attendance is good and growing,” Washousky said.

Washousky and soon-to-be Interim City Manager Andy Walker came up with the idea for the concert series five years ago.

Washousky is a traveling musician who played in several similar events and noticed there wasn’t one for Meadville.

Since then, Meadville Council on the Arts has partnered up with Washousky, Walker and a planning committee consisting of Christian Maher of the Crawford County Heritage foundation; MCA members Susan Luty and Vickie Clark; and local musicians Tom Hall and Mike Shay.

“Because we have volunteers, we can make it happen,” Washousky said. “One of our goals is to bring an eclectic mix of genres to try to appeal to a different many people and interests.”

While Thursday’s act hails from Morgantown, W.Va., the rest of the lineup has bands coming from California, North Carolina, Erie and Polk. The series continues every Thursday at Diamond Park throughout July.

“We got people coming from a long way to see our town and play music for us,” Washousky said. “This is a great event; you can come downtown, get something to eat, head up to the Diamond, put down a blanket, listen to some music, enjoy time with your neighbors — and it’s free.”

You can go

The Downtown Meadville Summer Concert Series continues July 10 at 7 p.m. in Diamond Park with bluegrass band Wildwood Express. In case of rain, concerts are at Unitarian Universalist Church, 356 Chestnut St.

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