TALLMADGE: After a three-year absence, public concerts are back in the Tallmadge city budget.
Music on the Circle, launching Saturday, will replace the old Concerts in the Parks series that fell victim to the recession.
“We were lucky that the city was able to put it back in the budget,” said Jessica Quirk, assistant recreation facility manager. “We’re always trying to do things for all aspects of the population, not just people who work out or go to the pool. Concerts will reach another part of the community.”
About $10,000 will be spent on the concerts this year. Because the city got a late start throwing the program together, there will only be four dates this summer. Quirk said the hope is to have a full schedule next year.
Also, unlike the old series that rotated between city parks, all of the concerts in the new series will be at Tallmadge Circle.
“We’re trying to revitalize that area. There are lots of new businesses there, and we wanted to give them a boost,” Quirk said.
There will be assistance for concert-goers in crossing the busy traffic circle to the center park, she added.
Here are this year’s free concerts, all from 7 to 9 p.m.:
• Saturday: Verve Daddy (rock ’n’ roll and blues).
• July 21: Redneck Incorporated (country).
• July 28: Swing Machine (big band).
• Aug. 4: Artim Brothers (oldies).
Attendees should take their own blankets, chairs and food.
The circle will get a break the following weekend, then open Aug. 18 for the city’s annual Circle Fest. The road will be closed to traffic at that event.
Paula Schleis can be reached at 330-996-3741 or email@example.com.