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Riley Green appearing in Watertown ahead of new album release

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WATERTOWN — When fans of Riley Green attend his outdoor concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Watertown Fairgrounds, they will likely hear a preview of his new album set for release next month.

The new album was heavily inspired by Green’s experiences, values, pastimes and love of family. It was named after a poignant track on the album, “My Last Rodeo,” which Green wrote following one of the final conversations he had with his late grandfather.

“We’ve been playing some of these new songs out on the road this summer and I’m excited to finally share them all with the fans,” Green said in a news release. “My grandaddies were huge inspirations on me, my songwriting, and what is most important to me. It means a lot to honor them by raising money for and supporting some great charities that they would have been proud to support.”

A day before his new album’s release, Green will host a concert at Walk of Fame Park in Nashville. The show, sponsored by Crown Royal, will benefit the artist’s new Buford Bonds Charitable Fund — Green’s philanthropic endeavor created in honor of his late grandfathers, Buford Green and Lendon Bonds.

Green’s 12-track album, “Ain’t My Last Rodeo,” will be released Friday, Oct. 13 and features numerous previously released songs including a cover of Tim McGraw’s “Damn Country Music” and the singer’s current top 25-and-climbing single with his former tourmate “Different ‘Round Here” (featuring Luke Combs).

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An end of an era for Watertown Concert in the Park organizer

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Thursday’s Concert in the Park and fireworks show will be the final note for Carl A. McLaughlin.

This will be the last year that McLaughlin will head the committee for the Noon Rotary Club, which has put on the Fourth of July concert in Thompson Park for almost a decade.

Rotary member Kevin Jordan will take over the committee chair for next year’s concert, although McLaughlin will continue to be involved.

“I’m still going to be a worker bee,” McLaughlin said.

The Concert in the Park begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the historic city park.

McLaughlin got involved when the Noon Rotary took over organizing the event after it looked like its decade’s run could come to an end.

Rande S. Richardson, Northern New York Community Foundation executive director, approached the Rotary about organizing the annual concert following the sudden death of Michael C. Miller, president of the North Country Arts Council, McLaughlin recalled.

“Rande asked would you folks be interested and I thought it was a good idea,” he said.

For many years, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra performed the Fourth of July concert but that run ended with its demise in 2010.

Previously, the Syracuse orchestra funded the entire event. When it stepped in to help, the Rotary became responsible for fundraising for the $35,000 needed to put on the concert every year. The Orchestra of Northern New York took over performing the music in 2013.

“Mike (Miller) was a one-man show,” McLaughlin said.

Working with a Rotary committee, he’s been the force to find sponsors and donors to keep the music and fireworks going ever since, Jordan said.

He credited McLaughlin for sustaining partnerships with the city and the Northern New York Community Foundation to keep the concerts going.

“We plan not to fix what’s not broken,” he said.

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DPAO’s concert season includes classics, country hit makers and ‘Nutcracker on Ice,’ twice

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A battle of rock ’n’ roll tribute bands, the classic rock band Styx and a platinum-selling country duo are among the acts announced Thursday by the Disabled Persons Action Organization for its annual concert series.

First up is “Beatles vs. Stones — A Musical Showdown,” set for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown. Taking the side of the Beatles is Abbey Road, one of the country’s top tribute bands. They engage in a musical “showdown” of the hits against premier Stones tribute band Satisfaction. The act is a national touring show.

The multi mega-million selling band STYX will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1, indoors at the Watertown Fairgrounds Arena. Styx draws from over four decades chart hits, joyous singalongs and hard-driving deep cuts. Styx signed their first recording contract on Feb. 22, 1972. Among their hits: “The Grand Illusion,” “Renegade,” “Suite Madame Blue,” “Rockin’ The Paradise,” “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights),” “Too Much Time On My Hands” and “Come Sail Away.”

The band’s 17th album, “Crash of the Crown,” was released in 2021. There are two original members of the band who still tour with it.

Academy of Country Music new vocal duo/group of the year nominee Parmalee will perform at the Watertown Fairgrounds Arena at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 16. Parmalee is one of only four groups since 2001 to earn three consecutive top 10 Singles from a debut country album. Brothers Matt and Scott Thomas grew up in the small town of Paramele, North Carolina. They are joined by cousin Barry Knox and longtime friend Josh McSwain. Parmalee’s hits include “Carolina,” “Close Your Eyes,” “Already Callin’ You Mine” and “Roots.” The band’s latest album is “For You,” released in 2021.

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Waydown Wailers to open for Saturday’s ZZ Top concert

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WATERTOWN — Canton-based band Waydown Wailers will be the opening act for Saturday’s ZZ Top concert at the Fairgrounds Arena.

The ZZ Top concert is part of the Car-Freshner/FX Caprara Family of Car Dealerships 2022 Summer Concert Series presented by the Disabled Persons Action Organization, Carthage Area Hospital and Watertown Savings Bank.

Reserved and general admission tickets are still available for the 7 p.m. concert. To purchase tickets, visit dpao.org or call DPAO at 315-782-0044. General admission tickets are also available at local Kinney Drugs Store outlets.

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