Buble tribute band sways hundreds at Point Park

PARKERSBURG – A large crowd swayed to the music of Michael Buble at Point Park Friday night.

Hundreds of people gathered to hear the musical stylings of a Buble tribute band Sway as part of the Point Park Music Series.

Organizers said the Australian-born singer of Sway hoped to bring a different crowd to the park. With Mother Nature’s help and clear skies, the gathering of visitors enjoyed the music and stayed dry for the concert.

“For as much going on in the town, I’m thrilled with the crowd,” said Carrie Nesselrode, executive director of Downtown PKB.

Nesselrode said it was a larger crowd than the last concert but there wasn’t an exact count before the event.

“It’s eventually our goal to do something like this every first Friday,” Nesselrode said. “Our goal is to have something the first Friday of every month that may not be outdoors but a community event to bring people out.”

Mike Wine of Parkersburg said he came to the concert for a night out. He said it wasn’t as much about who was performing but he was eager to see how the band sounded.

Wine said he had been to the concerts in the park before and knew it was a good venue and usually nice music.

“I’ve been before and it’s a good venue, sound wise,” he added.

Jennifer Hughes of Parkersburg said she was excited for the tribute band.

“It’s better than staying at home,” Hughes said.

Nikki Butler of Williamstown said she attended with three friends for a “ladies night” out on the town. She said with the weather cooperating and the fact she had seen Buble in person she was excited for the young tribute singer.

“We’re doing a ladies night and thought the concert would be a fun event since it’s outdoor and in the summer,” Butler said.

Trisha Miller of Marietta said they loved Buble and were excited for the chance to see a similar show.

Gi Smith of Marietta said she was happy for the night out and to see a great performance.

The lead singer of the band, Adam Lucas, began singing at 2 years old with his biggest musical influences as a child being Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., according to the singer’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/tributetomichaelbuble.

At about 8 years old Lucas began singing at local pubs, taking piano and voice lessons. He went on to perform in “Les Miserable,” “Away,” Cinderella’s prince in “Into The Woods” and most recently played the lead role of Danny in the BMSS production of “Grease.”

Two more concerts are scheduled for the summer at the riverfront park. The next concert will be Aug. 2 featuring Motor City Revue, an 11-piece band covering Motown and Stax hits.

Admission for the concerts is free to the public, but donations are collected through each event to help with the cost.