CLEVELAND, Tenn. (May 6, 2008)—From concert band classics to country and rock-and-roll, band night in Johnston Park will draw music lovers of all kinds for the second concert of the 2008 Evening Shade season.
The free concert series, now in its 13th year, will continue on Friday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. with the music of the Cleveland Community Concert Band and the Collins Brothers Band.
R.G. Wolf founded the Cleveland Community Concert Band, which debuted in November 2006. Wolf, who has spent much of his lifetime making music, is self-taught on 12 different instruments but has done some formal study at MacPhail School of Music and the University of Minnesota at Duluth. He has performed in more than 30 bands, orchestras and ensembles at occasions ranging from weddings and concerts to parades and televised marching bands at Big 12 football games.
After moving to Georgetown, Tenn., in 1985, Wolf played in two bands and two orchestras in the Chattanooga area because there was no concert band in Cleveland. As his activities increased on his farm, in his church and in the community, and with his grandchildren, traveling to Chattanooga became more of a challenge. His solution was to start a community band in Cleveland.The band debuted on the Evening Shade stage in the 2007 season. Lead conductor Michael Itson, former band director at Bradley Central High School, and Wolf will lead the band in traditional band music in their return to Evening Shade.The Collins Brothers Band, though not new to Cleveland audiences, are making their first appearance at Evening Shade. The band began as the dream of brothers Joe and Cory Collins as an acoustical act with guitar and harmonica and has become a music career of packed venues and enthusiastic fans. As the crowds and venues grew, so did the band. “We added one piece at a time over about a six-month period, trying to complement what we were already doing,” Joe Collins said. “People were asking for more, so we gave ’em more. The next thing we knew, we were booked as the opening act for the legendary Gene Watson and a packed house at The Governor’s in Chattanooga. We’ve been rolling ever since!”The Collins Brothers Band now consists of six notably talented musicians: Joe Collins, lead vocals/guitar; Cory Collins, drums/vocals; Shawn Perkinson, lead guitar/vocals; Eric Botts, percussion/vocals; Ron Allen, bass guitar; and Steve Daugherty, guitar.While the brothers bleed country through their original offerings, the composition of the entire band permits a blend of several styles and influences. Alabama, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mellencamp, Merle Haggard, Eagles, George Jones, Steely Dan, George Strait and Charlie Daniels are just a few of their musical heroes.
The Collins Brothers have shared the stage with such legends as Ronnie Milsap, T. Graham Brown, Earl Thomas Conley, Gene Watson, John Anderson, John Conlee and Billy Joe Royal. They have also played with many of today’s Nashville stars like Andy Griggs, Darryl Worley, Jessica Andrews, Montgomery-Gentry, Jimmy Wayne, Steve Aszar, Aaron Tippin, Trick Pony, The Clark Brothers, Confederate Railroad and Charlie Robison.Their energetic blend of sibling harmony, showmanship and stage appeal is a favorite of people all over the Southeast. Voted as one of the top 32 Nationwide Artists in 2007 CMT Music City Madness Video Promotion, the Collins Brothers play to sold-out shows in Atlanta, Nashville, Washington DC, Richmond, Myrtle Beach, Knoxville, Mobile and Chattanooga. “We are excited about playing in Johnston Park on May 9,” Joe Collins said. “Just show us to the stage, say ‘when’ and hold on!”Presenting sponsors for this year’s Evening Shade concerts are First National Bank of Cleveland and Larry Hill Ford. The evening of family-friendly entertainment is made possible by the Allied Arts Council (AAC) of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, which presents the concerts annually, and is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will move to the Village Green Playhouse in the Village Green Town Center.-30-
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