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Winder DDA votes to bring back Friday's band in fall if possible

POSTED: July 16, 2014 10:30 a.m.
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The Winder DDA would like an encore performance of the last concert.

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The Winder Downtown Development Authority has voted to try to bring back classic rock group Sven and the Ringo Brothers for an encore concert, following the group’s original concert being mostly rained out last Friday night.

If the band agrees to it, the encore concert will be around the first week of October, members of the DDA decided, preferably on a Friday night before an away game for UGA.

Winder City Clerk April Furman said several people asked her after Friday’s show if the band could come back.

The only cost to the DDA for the return show would be about $175 for lights and sound, as the band didn’t charge for their performance the first time and would not charge the second time.

The use of the stage for the show was donated by the City of Auburn as well and would be acquired the same way for the October show, Furman said.

The Star Academy twirlers were able to perform their preshow successfully at Friday’s show, and Furman said they were "cute" and brought "quite a crowd," probably half of which she estimated departed after the twirlers’ show.

DDA Chairman Chris Maddox said the impending inclement weather probably affected the number of people who left after the twirlers, and Furman agreed, adding that, though the band was great, there was lightning in the sky well before the "monsoon" hit.

After the twirlers, Furman said Sven and the Ringo Brothers were able to play for maybe 45 minutes before the storm took out their lights and sound and they were forced to quit.

Before that point, Furman said she had told Sven they should stop because there was so much water onstage and she was concerned about the risk of electrocution, but Sven told her he and the Ringo brothers wanted to keep playing.

Maddox said for future events, backup dates should be planned in case of weather disturbances.

Furman said Wes VanKirk, DDA member and owner of VanKirk Electric on Candler Street, opened his building on Friday night to provide shelter to those "troopers" who were still at the concert when it was raining. On top of providing shelter, he ordered pizza for everyone.

"It was a great gesture, and it created a time of fellowship," Furman said. "It was nice. It made me think: reasons like that are why we do what we do for the community. It really brings togetherness, and for a short amount of time, there was no stranger at that concert."



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