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Amphitheater summer concert series highlights tribute bands

May 05, 2015

Amphitheater ConcertThe Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Department has announced its 2015 Amphitheater summer concert series, which features tribute bands and acts that harken to the rock and roll 1980s and 1990s, including Drivin N Cryin.

“Last year was our first year and we found that our community was attracted to tribute bands and music they recognize and can sing,” said Kirk Franz, Johns Creek Recreations manager.  “We focused on popular bands in our area that fit that bill.”

The series opens Saturday, June 20, with the Molly Ringwalds, a 1980s-era act from Sheffield, England, that dresses like many favorite performers, such as DEVO and Queen.

On Friday, July 24, Electric Avenue plays more favorites from the 1980s. Electric Avenue is essentially the same band as Yacht Rock Schooner, whose 1970s song list was a hit at the Amphitheater in 2014.

Then, the Billy Joel tribute band The Stranger, featuring native Long Islander Mike Santoro, performs on Saturday, Aug. 22. The Stranger has played at many locations in the region, including several House of Blues venues and at the Fillmore in Charlotte, N.C.

The series closes Saturday, Sept. 19, with the popular ‘90s band, Drivin N Cryin, whose album “Fly Me Courageous” album went gold. The Atlanta-based group has toured with Neil Young and Soul Asylum, and has remained well-loved in the Southeast.

Food trucks will be returning to the venue in 2015, but concert-goers will notice some changes. To allow more room for dancing, the rows of chairs under the amphitheater will be replaced with round tables that can be reserved by calling 678-512-3200 or through the City’s Rec1 online registration program. Table reservations cost $200, but admission is free. The terraced lawns surrounding the amphitheater will seat about 1,000 people.

The concerts are free.

The Amphitheater is located at Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Rd. in Johns Creek.