Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 13, 2014

Concert series to kick off on May 23

BLUEFIELD — Another season of great musical entertainment is returning to downtown Bluefield next month.

Sponsored by the Daily Telegraph, the 26th season of the Downtown Chicory Square Concert Series gets underway on Friday, May 23, with a performance by the Bluefield High School Marching Band. The weekly concert series has been bringing a diverse array of musical entertainment to Chicory Square for more than a quarter of a century.

Members of the Chicory Square Committee met last week at the Daily Telegraph to finalize plans for this summer’s concert series. Those in attendance included Art Riley, head of the Downtown Merchants Association and concert coordinator Lynn Burnette, along with Daily Telegraph Editor Samantha Perry and Daily Telegraph Publisher Randy Mooney.

The group is working to schedule new and returning favorites for this year’s concert series. Perry said the popular All-American Celebration also will be returning to the square in advance of the Fourth of July weekend. The patriotic celebration will once again feature free hot dogs provided by Cole Chevrolet and cooked up by the Internet Cafe, free American flags, free popcorn and free face painting for children, among many other events. The Bluefield Blue Jays, and their mascot the Baby Jay, are also expected to be in attendance. The celebration will be headlined by the Daily Telegraph’s Bill Archer and his singing partner Karl Miller, who will perform a variety of patriotic selections.

“Cole Chevrolet has graciously agreed to once again sponsor the All-American Celebration allowing us to provide free hot dogs and free American flags and many other things,” Perry said. “We certainly also thank Lynne and Carl, Art and all of the volunteers who help to make the concert possible, as well as those citizens who come out each Friday in support of the concert series.”

Tom Cole said he is thrilled to once again help with this year’s All-American Celebration.

“We are happy to support the downtown and the citizens,” Cole said. “The Chicory Square Concert Series is a great way to bring people to our downtown.”

Perry said organizers of the concert series are hoping for a big crowd each week, including for the All-American Celebration on June 27. The event will serve as a prelude to Fourth of July activities in the region.

Riley said the weekly concert series is of critical importance to downtown Bluefield.

“I think this is a great tradition,” Riley said. “It brings people into our downtown. It is every Friday at lunchtime, and helps to showcase our downtown.”

Riley said the weekly concert series also will coincide this summer with the popular Bluefield Downtown Street Festival sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association. This year’s street fair will be held on Friday, Aug. 1.

Burnette, who has organized the summer concert performers for several years now along with her husband Carl, said there are openings for new performers this summer. Anyone who would like to perform at this summer’s concert series is asked to contact Burnette at 276-326-1786.

The weekly concerts are held at noon each Friday throughout the summer.

As in past years, the weekly concerts also will be recorded and placed on the Daily Telegraph’s video website www.bdtvideo.com.

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