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Roswell rocks out at Riverside


Monthly events draw large crowds



Geoffery Thurow
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Blair Crimmins and the Hookers came to Roswell June 1 and performed at Riverside Park as part of the Riverside Sounds concert series, every first Saturday of the month. (click for larger version)
June 11, 2013
ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell's Riverside Park is the place to be to rock out every month along the Chattahoochee River. It is the home of the Riverside Sounds concert series, hosted by the city.

Held once a month through October, the concerts feature not just local talent of a variety of styles, but also up-and-coming regional bands.

Roswell Historic and Cultural Affairs Manager Morgan Timmis said the concerts have been a long tradition in Roswell, having started at the town square.

"Then we outgrew it there at the same time Riverside Park came online," Timmis said. "[At Riverside Park] we have ten times the room and have a brand new stage."

The events typically fill the park, with Timmis estimating the last concert – Blair Crimmins and the Hookers on June 1 – maxing out at about 2,500 people.

"We had a fabulous crowd," she said. "It's just a really family, fun oriented event. There are folks of all ages and lots of children who dance their little hearts out."

The acts are chosen with the help of Cultural Arts Board member Lee J. Howard, who operates an entertainment booking agency. He provides his help pro bono, Timmis said.

"We focus on a pretty broad mix that will have something for everybody," Timmis said, when finding acts.

She said they focus on bands that perform original music over cover bands.

Because the events are at a city park, it is free to attend and residents can bring their own chairs, blankets and food.

This year is the first year food trucks have been included for more food options.

These free, monthly outdoor concerts are held at Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, through October from 7-9 p.m. A free shuttle is available from Azalea Park and Don White Memorial Park. For more information, call 770-641-3705.

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