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Point Park concert organizers announce slate

Social-distancing plans considered as backup

People on land and boat converged at the Point Park Amphitheater for a 2019 Point Park Concert on the River in Parkersburg. (File Photo)

PARKERSBURG — Downtown PKB is once again making plans for concerts on the river, as well as what to do if we’re all still practicing social distancing come showtime.

The slate for the Main Street organization’s annual free concert series at Point Park includes four bands paying homage to five popular acts. Scheduled for the first Friday of the month from June to September, the series kicks off June 5 with REO Survivor.

In the release announcing the schedule, Downtown PKB Executive Director Wendy Shriver said people should watch the organization’s Facebook page and website, downtownpkb.com, for updates in case social-distancing guidelines are still in place as the first concert approaches. That would present a challenge for events that regularly draw more than 2,500 people.

“It’s kind of a wait-and-see what the end of this month will bring and if the social-distancing order is extended into May,” Shriver said. “We are working on backup plans right now for not only that first concert but also for the Taste of Parkersburg food-and-spirits event.

Scheduled to take the stage that first night is REO Survivor, paying tribute to both REO Speedwagon and Survivor. The band was formed in 2018 by core members of the successful Chicago tribute group, Chicago Rewired.

On the night before the Fourth of July, High Noon is set to bring its Lynyrd Skynyrd and southern rock act to the stage at Point Park. Aug. 7 is reserved for a celebration of the late Tom Petty’s music by the Wildflowers, with Sounds of Summer on tap to close out the series with a Beach Boys tribute on Sept. 4.

Although admission for the shows in the Point Park amphitheater is free, concert-goers will once again be able to purchase reserved seating for $80, with proceeds supporting the series. Those go on sale May 4 through the Downtown PKB website on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The backup location for this year’s concerts will be Bicentennial Park.

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