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Main Street Live announces lineup
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Forever Abbey Road will kick off this year’s Main Street Live summer concert series June 11. Concerts are free and offered on the West Lawn of Security Federal on West Main Street.

The lineup for the summer jukebox that’s known as Main Street Live has been finalized.

Traditional favorites like a Beatles tribute band and the Joe Harvey Band are two highlights of the concert series, along with newcomers such as the Steel Blossoms, a bluegrass/ country band which has made its mark on the Nashville music scene.

“The Steel Blossoms were on tour with Alan Jackson and opening for him when COVID hit last year,” said MES general manager and CEO Rodney Boyd, who coordinated the lineup as chair of the Main Street McMinnville Promotions Committee. “They are an up-and-coming band and this could be a case where we’re getting them on the ground floor before they get big.”

Top to bottom, Boyd is enthused about a lineup that he said fell into place thanks to help from a few friends and a few favors.

“We have some great singers and some great players who are going to be here,” said Boyd. “In talking to a lot of folks, they are ready to get back out there and start playing again. For some of them, it’s been a year since they’ve performed.”

Jazz guitarist Denny Jiosa is a newcomer to the Main Street Live stage. Boyd described him as a stylistically smooth guitarist who plays with a Carlos Santana flavor. Jiosa has four Grammy nominations to his credit and he covers a variety of genres including rock, blues, Americana, Latin and jazz.

Former Little Texas keyboardist and singer Brady Seals is scheduled for July 23. Little Texas won the ACM award for Group of the Year while Seals was with the band and Seals has been recognized for his songwriting on hits such as “What Might Have Been,” “My Love,” and “God Blessed Texas.”

The concert series is scheduled to launch June 11 with a Beatles tribute band, Forever Abbey Road. The Nashville-based band is a returning favorite to the Main Street Live stage and has received rave reviews for its renditions of classic Beatles tunes.

The Beatles aren’t the only band known to “Get By with a Little Help from My Friends.” Joe Harvey is well-known for his version of the song, which resembles Joe Cocker’s soulful vocals more than the playful number recorded by the Beatles and sung by Ringo Starr.

“Joe Harvey always brings the biggest crowd of the season,” said Boyd, who noted Harvey will play over Fourth of July weekend.

The get-up-and-dance tunes of Utopia are set for a July 9 show and the polished 1980s tribute band Bueller is set for a July 16 performance. Bueller brings high energy and a repertoire that includes everything from Pat Benatar, to Journey, to the Beastie Boys.

Main Street Live concerts are free, open to everyone, and held on the West Lawn of Security Federal on West Main Street. Food vendors traditionally start serving at 6 p.m. and the music begins at 7 p.m.

The concert series is a production of Main Street McMinnville and is funded in large part thanks to generous sponsorships.


LINEUP


June 11

Forever Abbey Road,

Beatles tribute band


June 18

Steel Blossoms,

bluegrass & country


June 25

Denny Jiosa, jazz guitarist


July 2 

Joe Harvey Band, classic rock


July 9

Utopia, Motown favorites


July 16

Bueller with Amy,

1980s cover band


July 23

Brady Seals, country


July 30

John Salaway and the

Stones River Saints,

classic rock, Americana