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Concert series starts Saturday downtown

Staff report

A new, summer concert series will begin Saturday in downtown Paducah.

Live on the River is a three-part, theme musical series. It is a "fresh approach" to the popular Evening After Dinner program and Live on Broadway events of the past several years, Special Events Coordinator Molly Tomasallo said.

The first event, featuring classic rock bands Big Atomic and Adam and the H-Bombs, will be from 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

Murray-based Big Atomic is a five-piece rock band that plays a blend of funk, rock, and pop. The group calls its music "radioactive." Big Atomic will perform from 6 until 8 p.m.

From 8 until 9 p.m., attendees can enjoy the rock, blues, and soulful sounds of Adam and the H-Bombs, a band that features a few of Paducah's most experienced and respected players.  Influences for Adam and the H-Bombs include Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana.

Entertainment will be set up on Broadway, along Market Square and Second Street. Broadway will be closed from Third Street to the riverfront.

All of the entertainment is free. Carriage rides will be available for a fee.

Adrenaline Mobile Laser Tag will provide fun for the kids. Mobile laser tag consists of two groups of six, competing against each other around obstacles for 10 minutes at a time.

"Our laser tag modes are team-oriented. We combine teamwork and fun to keep the game positive," said Freddy Montoya, owner of the new local business.

Additional dates for Live on the River are July 19 and Aug. 2.

The theme for July 19 will be Sounds of Paducah, featuring youth acts from Paducah and surrounding areas.

On Aug. 2, the Parks Department will team up with the Big Brown Truck Pull and Special Olympics for Sounds of the South, featuring country music, the truck pull and sporting demonstrations.

Tomasallo and Downtown Development Specialist Melinda Winchester recently met with downtown businesses and residents to discuss events and how to bring more excitement downtown.

On three Thursdays, during weeks without Live on the River events, the city will offer the RIVERfront Concert Series.

On June 26, July 10, and July 24, free concerts will be set up at Wilson Stage on the riverfront from 6 until 8 p.m.

On June 26, Lydia Loveless, a soulful singer-songwriter whose music is a combination of country and punk rock, will perform. Loveless was picked by Rolling Stone magazine as one of "Ten to Watch" for 2014.

"(This summer) there will always be something going on in downtown Paducah," Tomasallo said.

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