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DDA looks to schedule dual concerts for October

POSTED: August 22, 2014 11:18 a.m.
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Motown artists The Common People Band's Aug. 8 show in downtown Winder was cancelled that morning due to the threat of rain. The Downtown Development Authority now looks to bring them back to perform before Sven and the Ringo Brothers on Friday, Oct. 10, as a double-feature.

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Two of three concerts of the Downtown Winder LIVE! Music Series this summer were postponed due to weather conditions, and now the Downtown Development Authority is looking to reschedule both music groups to return to Winder on the same date.

Classic rock group Sven and the Ringo Brothers is already confirmed by the musicians and the Winder council for an encore show on Friday evening, Oct. 10.

At Tuesday’s DDA meeting, Winder City Clerk and Interim DDA Director April Furman proposed bringing Motown group The Common People Band back on that date as well, to perform before Sven and the Ringo Brothers.

This would require returning to the City Council for approval of an extended timeline for that evening, which has already been approved for a 7-9 p.m. event. The extended time, to accommodate both groups, would be 6-10:30 p.m.

Furman proposed allowing The Common People Band to play from 6:30-8 and then having Sven and the Ringo Brothers play 8:30-10.

While Furman noted the differing music styles represented by the two groups, DDA member and general manager of Smokin’ Po Boys Michael S. Welch didn’t think it would be a problem.

“It’s all from the ‘70s, right?” Welch said, laughing.

Furman made the decision to call off The Common People Band’s show on Friday, Aug. 8 early in the day because the weather did not look good and the band would have charged $800 for having come and set up, even if the show had ended up being rained out (as Sven and the Ringo Brothers’ first show was, mid-concert).

Additionally, the use of the stage for that evening would have cost $150 in transportation fees even if the concert had been cancelled.

Furman added that she had gotten texts from people in the area on the night of the cancelled show, noting the clarity of the weather in Winder.

“We couldn’t have known,” Furman said. “We stood to lose almost a grand if it had gotten rained out.”

Mike Rice, DDA member, agreed with the decision to call off the show, especially since the public wasn’t being charged anything for entry to the event.

DDA Chairman Chris Maddox added that, though skies in Winder were clear at the time the concert would have been, just a couple of hours before then they had looked stormy.

An alcoholic beverage license application has already been approved by the City for the encore Sven and the Ringo Brothers show, so that attendees may consume beer and/or wine in public (within the gazebo area) and from open containers between the hours of 7 and 9 p.m. on that date. Furman said the DDA will be asking to extend the hours for the alcohol permit for that evening as well.



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