PARKERSBURG - The Point Park Music Series will pick back up tonight with the music of the Rocket Man and conclude its summer series next week with the music of one of the biggest bands in the world preforming at the park's riverfront amphitheater.
After taking a break for the Parkersburg Homecoming, organizers are gearing up for the last two shows in the Point Park Music Series with Lee Alverson and his four-piece band taking the stage at 8 p.m. today with the band bringing back the sights and sounds of Elton John.
According to his website, Lee was rated as the world best Elton impersonator by the International Elton John Fan Club and United Tribute Artists International.
The Point Park Music Series has held three concerts this summer, said Rickie Yeager, planning administrator for the city of Parkersburg.
''Each week the attendance has grown,'' he said of growing from 600 people during the first performance to 1,200 during the most recent show.
''We have been at capacity and beyond,'' he added. ''Between the first and third show, the attendance has doubled.
''We are now looking at ways for people to be able to get in and see the performances.''
Since opening the Point Park amphitheater, a number of programs and events have been held there. The setting on the river has enhanced people's enjoyment of the venue.
''It has been very successful and we have gotten nothing but positive feedback from the community,'' Yeager said.
The music series will conclude 8 p.m. Aug. 31 with 1964, an internationally popular Beatles tribute band.
Rolling Stone Magazine has called 1964 the "Best Beatles Tribute on Earth," according to the band's website.
Yeager said officials are putting together a survey to gauge the public on what worked and what didn't work during the music series, what kinds of music they would like to see next summer and more.
''We are always looking to improve things,'' he said. ''The caliber of talent we have brought in have really drawn the people in down there.''