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Artsbridge readying City Park concert series

Insured Sound, a local band, will open the Artsbridge Summer Music Series at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Park. The band, a local favorite, plays classic rock and pop. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge will continue its annual summer music series this year with a few changes to create a safer environment for the audience.

The shows, held 7 p.m., will start Thursday near the band shell and will feature the local group Insured Sound. Some shows are 2 p.m. Sundays.

“Your safety is very important to us. We are ask-ing people who attend to keep at least a 6 foot personal distance, with the large area that we have there is ample room to accommodate this arrangement,” Diane McDonald, program coordinator with Artsbridge. “Also, we will not walk around collecting donations, instead there will be a donation box near the band that you can put any monetary donations to help us continue to bring you the Summer Music Series free of charge.”

In the event of rain, Artsbridge will attempt to reschedule the concert to 2 p.m. the following Sunday, she said. The horseshoe pit because of space and distance issues will not be used, McDonald said.

Updates will be posted on the Artsbridge Facebook page, McDonald said.

Jim Forshey will perform in an Elvis Presley tribute show 2 p.m. July 5. Forshey is well known in the area for his portrayal of the Memphis Flash. (Photo Provided)

“We will try to post canceled concerts on our Facebook page by 5:30 p.m. the day of the concert,” she said.

Insured Sound will be the debut act this year. The concert will feature classic rock and is sponsored by Lambert-Tatman Funeral Homes.

“Insured Sound has provided first class entertainment for audiences across Ohio and West Virginia with a sound distinctly their own,” McDonald said. “Insured Sound’s rich vocal and top-notch musicianship have been enjoyed by many at wedding receptions, high school reunions, fund raisers, Music in the Park, Sternwheel Festivals, Parkersburg Homecoming, West Virginia State Treasurer and countless others.”

The second concert will be held 2 p.m. July 5 when Artsbridge will host Jim Forshey’s Elvis Presley tribute. The show is sponsored by Huntington Bank.

Forshey began his Elvis Presley act in December 2004 and is a second-generation tribute following in the footsteps of his father.

“With my dad doing Elvis when I was growing up, I heard a lot of Elvis’ music.” Forshey said. “So I got to appreciate how talented Elvis was at an early age.”

The Summer Music schedule is:

* July 2: Insured Sound

* July 5, 2 p.m.: Jim Forshey

* July 9: One-A-Chord a Capella Quartet (Doo-wop, Gospel) Sponsored by DeBarr Trucking.

* July 16: Windy Ridge (Old Time Bluegrass.) Sponsored by Conley Law Office.

* July 23: Track 9 (Classic Rock.) Sponsored by Community Bank.

* July 26, 2 p.m.: Johnny Staats Project (Country.) Sponsored by WesBanco.

* July 30: Sour Mash String Band (Bluegrass/Americana) Sponsored by Leavitt Funeral Services and Crematory.

* Aug. 6: Rimshot (70’s-80’s rock).

* Aug. 13: Plan B (classic rock) Sponsored by Vaughan Funeral Home.

* Aug. 20: Steve Hussey Band (Bluegrass) Sponsored by West Virginia Central Federal Credit Union.

* Aug. 27: Parkersburg South and Parkersburg High school bands. Sponsored by Napoli’s.

* Sept. 3: Guinevere Rose (Eclectic, original and jazz) Sponsored by United Bank.

* Sept. 10: Dave McCormick (Americana) Sponsored by Wendy’s.

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