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Free concerts set to grace O’Neal Plaza stage
by Bill Baldowski
April 30, 2014 11:09 AM | 1280 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, Cultural Arts Council programming committee chair Wayne Foster and Executive Director Davina Grace Hill discuss how to organize the spring concerts which will be held on O’Neal Plaza starting Saturday.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal From left, Cultural Arts Council programming committee chair Wayne Foster and Executive Director Davina Grace Hill discuss how to organize the spring concerts which will be held on O’Neal Plaza starting Saturday.
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If cultural arts events have a positive impact on a city as Davina Grace Hill believes, May’s schedule of free concerts in downtown Douglasville could be an economic windfall for local businesses.

The spring concert series on O’Neal Plaza, which starts Saturday, will offer residents a broad mixture of music genres, from rockabilly, blues and jazz to the big band sounds of the 1940s, said Hill, executive director of the Douglasville-Douglas County Cultural Arts Council.

Funding for these concerts is part of an annual appropriation the cultural arts center receives from the city of Douglasville, Hill said.

As part of this process, the cultural arts center develops a contract for services with the Douglasville City Council with regard to the events it would finance with this funding and the spring and fall concerts are included, she said.

“The Douglasville and Douglas County communities offer a rich and diverse population which has guided us in scheduling a wide range of different types of music for the concerts,” Hill said.

This month’s concerts, which are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. in O’Neal Plaza in downtown Douglasville, are designed to encourage people to patronize restaurants and stores in the heart of the city and then relax for an evening of musical entertainment, Hill said.

The Concerts under the Stars, as the series is titled, is set to begin Saturday with the rockabilly and country sounds of the band Caroline and the Ramblers.

This group, which was a hit at last year’s Surf Fest in Douglasville, not only offers music inspired by Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Elvis Presley but presents what concert organizer and sound engineer Wayne Foster described as a powerful stage presence.

This will be followed on May 10 by a concert featuring the band Frankie’s Blues Mission.

According to Foster, this group specializes in rhythm and blues, as its name implies, and jazz and Zydeco “from the finest African-American tradition.

In addition to the annual Taste of Douglasville on May 17, the final concert that evening features the Atlanta 17 Orchestra. This concert will commemorate Armed Forces Day, Hill said.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their own seating.

For more information on the concerts at O’Neal Plaza, call (770) 949-2787.

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