Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series features four musicians this month
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The Park at City Center in downtown Woodstock was filled with picnickers last year for the brown bag lunch. Guests were treated to big band jazz from New Horizons of east Cobb. Here, local residents Regina Bennett and Rhiannon Hoide sing along to YMCA with their kids Nash Bennett, Dax Bennett and Jacob Hoide.  <br>Staff/file
The Park at City Center in downtown Woodstock was filled with picnickers last year for the brown bag lunch. Guests were treated to big band jazz from New Horizons of east Cobb. Here, local residents Regina Bennett and Rhiannon Hoide sing along to YMCA with their kids Nash Bennett, Dax Bennett and Jacob Hoide.
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WOODSTOCK – Since 1998, the Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series has been bringing lunch-time performances to the Park at City Center in Woodstock and city officials are tuning up for the 15th annual series starting Thursday.

The series will feature four musicians, one playing every Thursday of September. Performances will be from 12 to 1 p.m.

John Amoroso will be the first performer to take the stage Thursday. The musician will play a selection of favorites from 1,500 cover songs.

“Amoroso recently quit his job to play full time because he was in such high demand,” said Marybeth Stockdale, special events coordinator for the city of Woodstock. “He records his own voice on his music tracks so it sounds like there is a whole band with him.”

The musician is one of the city’s favorites and is booked nearly every night. He has done the Earth Day Greenstock festival, but this is his first Brown Bag Concert.

On Sept. 12, the Jazz Jones Legacy of Milton will play the park with influences of smooth jazz, contemporary and fusion tunes. The band was founded by Atlanta area musicians Tom LaDow, on the keyboards and Mark Konzal, guitar. Rudolph Washington from Detroit and drummer Allen Grant complete the four piece.

For more information about the Jazz Jones Legacy tour, visit www.jazzjoneslegacy.com.

Fans of country and easy listening might want to tune in for Marietta-based Kira Annalise, performing on Sept. 19.

“She writes her own music and is a single mom who performs,” Stockdale said.

The honky-tonk type songs are rich with stories of heartbreak, love and loss, and the struggles being a single mother. To hear Annalise’s music, read her biography, and view tour information visit www.kiraannalise.com.

On Sept. 26, blues-country crossover musician David Ranes will perform.

“The artist played a few years back in Woodstock,” Stockdale said. “As a side business he writes personalized songs for people. He does it for weddings. Ranes will hear the bride and groom’s stories, then write and sometimes perform the personalized song.”

Stockdale said the concert series provides a great time for residents.

“It is a fun mid-day activity, where many kids, homeschoolers, seniors, and assisted living residents come out. Many from the area will listen and bring their lunch,” Stockdale said.

Other attractions will be a moonwalk, and free spinal screenings by Woodstock Public Safety Foundation sponsor, Colby Family Chiropractics.

In past years there have been between 100 and 200 people on average in attendance, Stockdale said.

For more information about the event, visit the city of Woodstock’s website at www.woodstock

ga.gov.

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