Living: Concerts

Decatur's Concerts by the River, a free outdoor summer concert series, will continue through July 29. [DAN BUSEY/DECATUR DAILY]

Free outdoor concert series will fill parks and town squares in Decatur, Athens, Moulton and Somerville in coming weeks with the sounds of country, gospel, big band, jazz and rock music.

Here is a guide to the area’s musical moments. Concertgoers should make sure to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

Concerts by the River

• Mondays, 6 p.m.

• Free

With five concerts down and seven left in this year’s Concerts by the River, the weekly series has already attracted more than 2,200 concertgoers, said David Breland, Decatur’s coordinator of historic resources and events.

Entertainers lined up for the rest of the season include country artist Jeff Whitlow and the Old Barn Band on Monday, Tina Turner tribute artist Dorothy Cole and Friends on June 24, jazz and blues artist Al Keith Band on July 1, smooth jazz entertainer Reginald Jackson and friends on July 8, the Madison Community Band and Decatur Youth Symphony on July 15, big band combo Sophisticated Swingers on July 22 and Elvis Presley tribute artist Michael Dean and Memphis on July 29.

The concerts take place at Rhodes Ferry Park through July 8 and at Founders Park from July 15-29.

Athens Summer Concert Series

• Friday, 7 p.m.

• Free

Country, gospel and big band artists will entertain visitors to downtown Athens’ monthly Summer Concert Series on June 21, July 19 and Aug. 9.

Gospel group One Voice will bring contemporary gospel and hymnal-inspired songs to the courthouse steps on June 21. July’s event will feature the country stylings of Matt Prater and Friends. In August, the Athens State University Community Band will close out the summer music series with popular tunes.

In case of rain, the event will take place at the Vietnam Veterans Building, 17915 West Elm St., Athens.

Downtown Live

• Thursday, 6 p.m.

• Free

Moulton’s weekly outdoor music series, Downtown Live, which started in May, will conclude June 20 with performances by Muscle Shoals bluesman Max Russell and the band Koyote Creek.

Tonight, line dancing in downtown Moulton will kick off the Cattleman’s Rodeo, set for Friday and Saturday at the Iron Rail Arena, 659 Main St.

Concerts in the Courthouse Square

• Tuesday, 6 p.m.

• Free

The final two performances in Somerville’s Concerts in the Courthouse Square will take place Tuesday and June 25. Featured entertainers are Dawn Kent and Shady J’s on Tuesday and Cotaco Creek and Fellowship Quartet on June 25. Proceeds from concessions will benefit the historic Somerville Courthouse. or 256-340-2441. Twitter @DecaturLiving.
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