Michael Jackson tribute closes Point Park music series

PARKERSBURG – The music of Michael Jackson filled Point Park on Friday night as the Jackson tribute band Who’s Bad performed for area residents in the final peformance of this summer’s Point Park Music Series.

The band opened up with “Jam,” a song made famous by Jackson, and quickly got the crowd doing just that.

Two area residents and employees with the Mid-Ohio Valley Medical Group said they came out to enjoy the free concert and get out of the house for a night of entertainment. Deana Brown, of Parkersburg, said her co-worker, Tonya Simmons, also of Parkersburg, told her about the concert series and asked her to come out for the last night of the music series on Friday.

“I’m really excited to see it,” Brown said of the tribute band, adding her friend was trying to get her out of the house and raved about the last concert she attended.

Simmons said she also brought her mother who is ill with cancer to the festivities.

“It’s good to get her out,” Simmons added. “It’s perfect for her.”

Carrie Nesselrode, executive director of Downtown PKB, said the music series – which was in its second year this summer – has continued to grow and the Jackson tribute band on Friday brought the largest crowd yet.

The Point Park Music Series began in 2012 as a series of weekly concerts in August. This summer’s series continued to bring in a variety of tribute artists, shifting to a monthly series with a concert on the first Friday of each month at the amphitheater in Point Park.

“We had an incredible turnout to all of our concerts,” Nesselrode said of this summer’s series. “Each one saw the attendance grow and the dance floor fill up faster.”

Nesselrode said the concert series is continuing next summer and the Downtown PKB organization will be expanding to other events in the near future.

Cecil Childress, a board member with Downtown PKB, introduced the pop rocking band and informed the crowd of the buckets volunteers would distribute throughout the night to collect donations. The money raised would go to the concerts and events the downtown organization sponsors, he added.

Who’s Bad has performed on the stage with many nationally known artists, Childress said. The band has been on stage with Aretha Franklin, the Backstreet Boys, Boys2Men and Pit Bull, Childress said.

“Their music has ignited crowds on every continent,” he added.

Childress said Downtown PKB hopes the events continue to grow; they just may need a larger venue for when they do.

For more information on the Friday’s group, visit www.whosbadmusic.com and for information on the Parkersburg organization and other events it is planning, visit www.downtownPKB.com or Downtown PKB on Facebook.