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Main Street Live rainouts may lead to double feature
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Forever Abbey Road will play a free concert later this year at Park Theater and organizers are looking for a way to include John Salaway and the Stones River Saints. Both bands had their Main Street Live concerts disrupted due to rain.

Hold onto your concert-loving seats. A deal is in the works that could provide a double feature of the Main Street Live concert series. 

Main Street Live had two canceled concerts during its eight-week season: Forever Abbey Road, a Beatles tribute band, and John Salaway and the Stones River Saints.

Forever Abbey Road was canceled in advance due to the threat of rain. That means the band is contractually obligated to perform another show.

The Stones River Saints was interrupted by rain after taking the stage. That means the band has no contractual obligation to perform again.

In an interesting twist, John Salaway is a member of both bands and he has offered to try to get both together on the same day for a doubleheader performance.

“I love McMinnville,” said Salaway. “My accountant, Angela McCormick, and other friends are in McMinnville, and I have visited many times over the years. I love the community. I also love Rock Island and Cumberland Caverns and my daughter loves Topz. She went to Theater Camp at Park Theater when she was young and I’ve played Main Street McMinnville with different bands over the years.”

Performing at Park Theater has been a desire of Salaway’s and this is an opportunity to achieve that longing.

“I’ve been trying to perform at Park Theater with Forever Abbey Road for a few years,” said Salaway. “They were interested too, but we could never find dates to make it happen. Last year, we finally got a date, but it got canceled due to the pandemic. I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to play there now. Both bands were very excited to play for the McMinnville community, so we are glad we can make that happen after being rained out.”

Main Street McMinnville board member and live entertainment director Rodney Boyd says a dual concert isn’t a done deal, but steps are being made in that direction.

“We have Forever Abbey Road booked for Nov. 5, which is a Friday, at Park Theater,” said Boyd. “John and I are talking about having a Sunday matinee at the Park Theater and having Forever Abbey Road and Stones River Saints, both, for a split session. We are working with Park Theater to see if we can work out a date between now and the end of the year. I’ve sent those dates to John and he’s working on that.”

Boyd also added, “We will either have Forever Abbey Road on Nov. 5 or Forever Abbey Road and the Stones River Saints, both, at a Sunday matinee. Regardless of which we end up providing, it will be a free concert at Park Theater. It will be first-come, first-serve concert. We are expected a packed out crowd for that.”

Boyd made the announcement during a meeting of the Main Street McMinnville board on Tuesday.