Tallmadge Music on the Circle concert series kicks off July 13

by Holly Schoenstein | reporter Published:

Tallmadge -- The city of Tallmadge's Music on the Circle summer concert series is set to kick off July 13.

This year, six bands from various genres will perform over the five-week series. All shows will take place on Saturday evenings at the Circle.

"This year we are really excited in terms of the variety of music being offered, which includes '50s and '60s favorites, modern and classic country, big band and even a Beatles tribute band ... ," Tallmadge Parks and Recreation Manager David Cooper said. "We encourage individuals and families to bring their lawn chairs, bring a picnic dinner and enjoy some top-quality entertainment in the good old summertime."

The series will feature two more bands this summer, and the first concert will be the only one where two groups will perform.

Mayor Dave Kline said the additional musical groups were possible because Parks & Recreation Department is doing more with the event's estimated $10,000 budget. The budget covers the rental of the stage and tent, musical group fees and series promotional costs, Cooper said.

Cooper estimated a few hundred people, on average, came to each concert last summer, the first year the city brought back the series after it was cancelled because of budget cuts in 2009.

"While we are at the mercy of the weather, we certainly are optimistic that with the success and popularity of last summer's concerts that we are hopeful for an even larger turnout this season ...," he said. "We were extremely pleased with the response in 2012 from the community in terms of attendance and the feedback we received from all who did come."

"It's very family oriented, and it's a nice time to relax and come out and see your neighbors and sit out on the Circle and listen to good entertainment," Kline said.

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Coach -- The members of Coach are Dave Highsmith (vocals, guitar and harmonica), Gil Landwehr (vocals, guitar and melodica), Jeff Bull (vocals and guitar) and Greg Humston (vocals and harmonica). Coach was formed in 1979 when four friends spent an evening learning a song. They continued to learn songs and started to play out occasionally as Landwehr left for 10 years to make a living as a professional drummer. He returned in 1989 and the four members have been together ever since. The group uses an amplified 12-string guitar to accompany four-part harmonies producing a "doo-wop" sound, but expanding the musical selections into '50s and '60's rock and roll, a cappella and barbershop. Highsmith and Landwehr both grew up in Tallmadge, graduated from Tallmadge High School and live in Tallmadge. Bull came to Tallmadge in his early years, graduated from THS and lives in Tallmadge. Humston met the others while working at the former Tallmadge Buffet. He graduated from Field High School, lives in Akron and became an honorary Tallmadge alumna when Coach played at the annual Tallmadge Alumni dinner.

BlueShift -- Band members are Jeff Perolis on guitar, keyboard, vocals, sound and anything else that needs to be played; Jeff Bull on drums and vocals; John Scyoc on guitar and vocals; and Dan Gurley on bass and vocals. The band was formed when the band Men Without Hair lost a few members to other projects and morphed into BlueShift, picking up Scyoc and Gurley and moving into a fluid Blues format augmented with Perolis' originals. Perolis, Bull and Scyoc are all THS graduates with the both Perolis still living in Tallmadge. Scyoc now lives in Barberton and Gurley, a Green High School graduate, lives in Akron. Three of the four members play in other groups as well: Perolis in Shadowplay (stadium rock), Bull in Coach and Gurley in Cold Shot (blues).

Coalies Run -- Considered one of Northeast Ohio's premier live entertainment musical groups, the band draws from a vast song list of modern and classic country as well as other types of music. The five professional musicians boast decades of experience to provide a dynamic sound for an evening of entertainment on the Tallmadge Circle.

The Sweet Beats -- Four actor-musicians dedicated to the recreation of Beatles music and Beatlemania, The Sweet Beats dress, act, sing and play just like the Fab Four. Dressed in copies of original Beatles costumes and equipped with all of the original Beatles' instruments, the quartet recreates Beatlemainia by performing hits like, "She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "A Hard Days Night," "Twist and Shout," and more. The second set propels the audience into the mid to late 1960s with hits including "A Little Help From My Friends," "Get Back," "Here Comes The Sun" and a "Yellow Submarine" sing-a-long.

John Trapani Big Band -- "Recreating the original arrangements of the great names in Big Band music" is the crystallizing idea around which The John Trapani Big Band has built and sustained its reputation. According to Trapani, people who enjoy Big Band music enjoy hearing favorites performed the way they were made famous. From Glenn Miller, Harry James, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and Stan Kenton … not to mention the Big Band royalty of "The King" of Swing, Benny Goodman; "The Count" Basie and "The Duke" Ellington. The John Trapani Big Band provides welcomed nostalgia as it performs the famous Big Band classics.

NightSchool Band -- Based in the Northeast Ohio area, NightSchool specializes in performing timeless dance and rock and roll hits from the '50s through today. The five piece band puts on professional, family friendly entertainment for all to enjoy.

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