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Kasper and the 911 Band hitting the stage in Stockbridge


By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

  Downtown Stockbridge will be rockin’ this weekend, thanks to the city’s upcoming Sounds of Summer concert.

  Kasper & the 911 Band will take the stage Saturday, July 19, from 7-9 p.m., for a free show on the lawn at Stockbridge City Hall, 4640 North Henry Blvd.

  The city’s Events Manager, Miranda Allen, encouraged audience of all ages to see the band in action.

Kasper & the 911 Band will perform a free concert in Stockbridge on Saturday at the city’s Sounds of Summer concert.
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  “This is a family-friendly band that plays a wide variety of dance hits that everyone will enjoy!” she said.

  The band, led by guitarist Kasper Rouser, performs oldies, pop music, Motown favorites and dance songs from a variety of genres. Their influences  are Michael Jackson, Prince, Usher and Robin Thicke. The band’s past performances include the New Year’s Eve Peach Drop in Atlanta and a Fourth of July concert in Centennial Park.

  Allen said the show will mark the sole Sounds of Summer concert in Stockbridge for 2014 but that the series “could be revived with support from the community.”

  “Prior to 2010, the City sponsored "Music in the Park" for about 10 years,” said Allen. “It was similar to an event held at Memorial Park. That event transformed into ‘Sounds of Summer’ in 2011 and 2012 and then was removed from the budget in 2013. It was brought back this year because of requests from the community.  The community enjoys having local and free entertainment.”

  Kira Harris-Braggs, the City of Stockbridge's new Main Street Program Director, said concerts in the city are part of an overall goal to draw more people to the area.

  “Bringing families and visitors to the downtown area is a primary goal of the Stockbridge Main Street Program,” said Harris-Braggs. “Though our initiative is very young and is in its start-up phase, events like Sounds of Summer provide an opportunity for bringing people to the district that the Main Street Program plans to target for economic development. I want everyone to get used to coming to Downtown Stock-bridge and seeing it as their community's center of activity.”

  Stockbridge Councilwoman LaKeisha Gantt is among those who worked to bring the concert to the city. She said she is excited to bring the community together as a way to encourage fellowship.

  “I believe the entire event will be a treat for those of all ages and I can't wait to get in line and try out some of those gourmet food trucks,” said Gantt. “We expect a great turnout and a good time.”

  Councilman Richard Steinberg said he is looking forward to the concert and its possibilities for the city.

  “I am very excited to have another top class event in our city,” he said. “We have held music and family movie events for the past several years and this looks to be another ‘winner!’ Citizens need an opportunity to discover all of the great things our city has to offer, and events like this allow our residents and visitors to participate and see our city retailers and restaurants.”    

  Food trucks and the City Hall lawn will open at 6 p.m., on the day of the concert. Parking will be available at City Hall, and attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the show.

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