Editorial: Free concerts continue in downtown Dalton on Friday nights

Summer is quickly nearing an end — at least for many of our area students.

In a little less than a month, students in Dalton Public Schools (Aug. 7) and Whitfield County Schools (Aug. 8) will return to school for their first day of classes. Students, teachers and staff in Murray County Schools have a much longer summer break, as they start school on Sept. 3. (An extended school day throughout the year allows the later start.)

While summer is winding down, we'd like to remind everyone in the area of the ongoing summer concert series in downtown Dalton.

This year's “Off The Rails Summer Music Series” features concerts at Burr Performing Arts Park. Concerts start at 7:30 each Friday night through Aug. 2 and a special season-ending concert is on Sept. 20. All concerts are free and open to the public. Burr Park is at 101 S. Hamilton St. For more information, visit www.daltonevents.com.

The concerts are family- and pet-friendly. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to spread out on the grassy area in front of the Showalter Stage at Burr Park. You can also make a night of it by grabbing dinner at a downtown restaurant, then walking to the park to hear the music.

So far, the concerts have been well-attended. It's wonderful to see crowds gathering in downtown Dalton on a Friday night.

The lineup features an eclectic mix of genres. Here's the remaining entertainment list:

• Friday: The Etowah Jazz Society Big Band

• July 19: Jack Pearson

• July 26: LUTHI and Masseuse

• Aug. 2: “Dalton Jam: A Showcase of Local Artists” featuring Barrelhouse, Connor Priest, David Aft & Co., Ginny and the Tonics, and The Sneary Family Band

• Sept. 20: Spatial Effects and Iron Horse

We hope you're able to make it out to listen to great music surrounded by good friends.

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