PARKERSBURG - The Parkersburg Music in the Park series will end on a high note at Point Park.
Those scheduled to perform Aug. 24 and Aug. 31 will be imitating legends. First, concert-goers will hear the musical stylings of Lee Alverson, an Elton John tribute singer. Alverson has performed more than 200 shows.
The Ross Foundation is the major sponsor for the series, but other Parkersburg organizations help to contribute as well. The Blennerhassett Hotel is putting out fliers to spark residents' awareness.
Nicole Slattery, in charge of marketing for the hotel, said she is happy to be a part of the music series in support of the downtown.
The concert on Aug. 31 will contain songs from the Beatles, including their Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Calling themselves "1964" and playing tracks from the Beatles early years, they have received raves from Rolling Stone magazine.
The band was called the "best Beatles tribute on Earth" by the publication. Listeners, young and old, will be given the full Beatles experience.
"1964" holds nothing back when it comes to the era; their act will include instruments of the period, clothing, hairstyles, and even "on stage banter," said Slattery.
"We are supporters of anything that goes on downtown," said Cecil Childress, general manager of the Blennerhassett Hotel.
Childress believes that if the downtown draws more attention to itself in a positive light, more people will be eager to participate and be a part of downtown.
"Do some quality entertainment with a good venue," said Childress. "If you build it, they will come."
Childress said the importance of having the community's involvement is crucial to allowing the downtown area to thrive, in both business and entertainment. He is chairman of the Downtown Development Task Force, a subsidiary of the Area Round Table.
Being a part of the committee, Childress is eager to grab the attention of all residents to not only attend the music series, but also use the downtown area in a larger way.
To help the businesses, such as restaurants and stores, have the opportunity to thrive in Parkersburg the Downtown Development Task Froce and the On-Trac Program were developed. The program is designed to help boost the economic growth of communities through the revitalization of the city center, or downtown area.
The program attacks all aspects of the city: organization, promotion, design, and the economic restructuring, said Childress.
"I think it's going to take some time for people to get a hold of what we're doing," said Childress. "Anytime that you can add an entertainment opportunity for people to get out and enjoy their community you have done a nice thing for the people and community."
The concerts are free to attend and will occur every Friday through Aug. 31, excluding the weekend of the Parkersburg Homecoming.