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Concert series back for the summer
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Ready to boogie down on the square as the Friday Night Concert series returns to downtown Covington for the 2007 summer season.

The series, held by MainStreet Covington, a non-profit that aims to encourage economic development and preservation in downtown Covington, brings local and outside bands to perform on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 7 p.m. on the square.

The first concert, held on June 8, got off to a soggy start as rain doused the equipment of local favorite Statesboro Blues Band right before show time. The next concert, June 22, will get down and dirty with Little Phil & the Blues Party.

Other bands featured in the series include local folk musicians the Biggers Family Band July 13, rock and roll band Butch & The Buckheads July 27, bluegrass group Johnny Roquemore & Friends Aug. 10, The Georgia Generals, who play rock, folk and blues, on Aug. 24, and The Peeled Onions, a blues/folk band, on Sept. 14. The final concert with jazz musician Ken Ford will be held with the Arts Association in Newton County as the second concert of their series.

Josephine Kelly, director of MainStreet Covington, says in the past attendance has been about 300 to 400 people per concert and across generations.

"We've just seen the crowds increase, especially with dining options in the Square," she said. "We'll see a lot of people come down and eat dinner and stay for the music."

Plain Nuts Catering will also have picnic dinners available to purchase, although orders will have to be made by noon the Thursday before the concert.