Second Saturdays come alive

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 7, 2011

FERRIDAY — With the slow, hot months of summer just beginning, area residents looking for a fun-filled way to pass the time and beat the heat should grab a lawn chair.

The Town of Ferriday is offering a Second Saturday Concert series.

Ferriday Mayor Glen McGlothin said on the second Saturday of the summer’s first three months, the town will host a free concert to the public, with the first one scheduled for 11 a.m. this Saturday.

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“We are trying to brand ourselves as a smaller music destination for people to come,” he said. “And I don’t see a better way of doing it than with music.”

McGlothin said the concerts will feature local talent, and Saturday’s show will have residents listening to the R&B and rock sounds of Andy Guida and Ben Lewis.

“All three of the bands we have lined up for the summer are all from the Miss-Lou,” he said. “Not only do these concerts help these guys out, but it also showcases the talent we have here. This is the new generation of musicians in the area.”

McGlothin said the concerts will be at Rockabilly Plaza at the corer of First Street and Texas Avenue in Downtown Ferriday, a venue Ferriday has already used twice this year to put on concerts to the public.

“This is still a new building that we haven’t even finished working on yet,” he said. “We are trying to get some good use out of it, while we continue to work to complete the rest of the work.”

McGlothin said the plaza will offer a nice, shaded area for concert attendees looking to enjoy the outdoors without suffering through the heat.

“We are trying to get people out of the house by giving them something to do on a Saturday,” he said. “The two concerts we had earlier this year went great, and we are just trying to continue to offer things like this to the community.”

McGlothin said the idea of a summer concert series is something he has been tossing around for years.

“They have brown bag concerts in Natchitoches and Monroe, where people come out, bring some food and enjoy a free concert,” he said. “I just wanted something similar to that in Ferriday.”

A lawn chair and lunch are the only two things concert attendees need to bring, and McGlothin said he hopes to see a lot of faces out this Saturday in Ferriday.