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Joe Harvey Band to offer classic set list
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The Joe Harvey Band performs this Friday at Main Street Live. Harvey, the new manager of Park Theater, plans to provide a classic performance. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

It’s time for classic rock, alternative rock and modern rock as the Main Street Live summer concert series enters its halfway point Friday night.

“Friday night will be the classic Joe Harvey Band show,” said lead singer Joe Harvey. “All the classic rock, Motown and even some new age dad rock.”

Harvey takes the stage at 7 p.m. on the West Lawn of Security Federal on Main Street. 

Dad rock, according to the Urban Dictionary, is defined as “Classic rock you first heard from your dad’s old record collection.”

New age dad rock?

“For the longest time, dad rock was the Doobie Brothers and Bread and classic bands like that,” said Harvey. “I loved all those bands. It’s what I grew up on. That’s granddad rock now. Now dad rock is things like Weezer, Blues Traveler and things like that. It’s new age dad rock. I refer to Train as new age dad rock. It’s the way of the times. Dad rock will always be changing.”

Harvey was asked his favorite song to perform, “I’ve got too many to pick just one. There’s a lot that you’d think we’d get sick of, but we still play. Like ‘Can’t You See’ by the Marshall Tucker Band. Everybody loves that tune. We play it at just about every show.” ‘One Way Out’ by the Allman Brothers Band is always a classic that we do. Anything by the Allman Brothers is a crowd pleaser. Southern rock is definitely the wheelhouse that we play in, but those two are definitely up there.”

Formed in 2002, the band also has members Kevin Harvey on bass, Lee Carr on guitar, Evan Gross on drums and Andy Wilhite on guitar. Together they offer a combination of classic rock, blues, alternative rock, and modern rock.

A set list of songs to be performed has yet to be determined. 

“The Rolling Stones always do well with us. We love doing anything by them. Tom Petty is a classic. I think you could group him in with Southern rock. He’s from Florida. I have a song list, but not a set list. The song list is what we work off of. I give that to the guys about a month out to make sure they’re good with all the tunes. If I set a list before Thursday, I’ll be happy. For now, I don’t have it.”

The eight-week, Friday night concert series is organized by Main Street McMinnville and offered free to the public thanks to generous sponsors. Food vendors start serving at 6 p.m. and Joe Harvey is scheduled to begin playing at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music on the West Lawn of Security Federal on Main Street.