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Ball Ground rocks the park with concerts this summer


    Performances by Owl Creek Band, Drive Wire, Thomas Fountain, and Stage Fright will take place over the next few months on this stage in City Park in Ball Ground.

By Larry Cavender
Contributing writer
     The City of Ball Ground has a full slate of events planned for family fun scheduled for this summer and fall, with the first event to be held this Saturday, June 13th when the first "Movie in the Park" will be shown.

    This will be the first of a minimum of three movie viewings all of which will began at dark in City Park. This Saturday's movie will be the popular family-themed Despicable Me. Other movies are also scheduled for September 12th and October 10th and all movies are free of charge.

    Later this month, Ball Ground will hold another event, the annual fireworks display, in conjunction with the Ball Ground United Methodist Church sponsored Faith and Freedom Festival on Saturday, June 27th. The festival will be an all day event with the fireworks capping the evening at 9:45 p. m. The Faith and Freedom Festival and city sponsored fireworks are held each year on the weekend preceding the Fourth of July holiday.
    Beginning on July 25th, the Ball Ground Rocks the Park concerts will begin. There are four concerts scheduled and they all will begin at 6:00 p. m., and like the movies in the park, they are also free of charge. The other concerts will fall on August 22nd, September 26th, and October 24th.
    The July 25th concert will feature The Owl Creek Band, a country band from Atlanta. They play country favorites but also feature other music venues including Blues and Rock with a powerful sound that is a blend of new and old music.
    Drive Wire, a premier arena rock tribute band, will be the scheduled entertainment for the Saturday, August 22nd concert. Drive Wire features the music of AC/DC, Boston, Foreigner, Jefferson Starship, Kansas, Queen, REO Speedwagon, and Styx among others.
     The highlight of the concert season will be held on Saturday, September 26th when Ball Ground native Thomas Fountain returns to his hometown to perform. Fountain was named Georgia's 2014 Country Male Artist of the Year and Country Overall Artist of the Year. Fountain had been scheduled to perform at the Ball Ground Heritage Festival last month before it was cancelled.
     The Rock the Park concert series will conclude on Saturday, October 24th when Stage Fright will appear. Stage Fright is another metro Atlanta area band and they perform music of the 1960's, '70's and beyond.
     All events are sponsored by the City of Ball Ground, are free of charge, and will be held in Ball Ground City Park.