Second Saturday concerts at Clayton Park, The Cove

Mike DonilaOur Town Outdoors

On Tuesday this week the Parks and Recreation carpenter crew started prep on the new roof for the maintenance shop at Concord Park along with ground prep and forming for concrete at Ball Camp for their soft-toss cages. Frank Christian has been working on painting parking lot stripes at the main office in Tarleton Park. Preston Littlejohn, our plumber, has been working on repairing vandalism at multiple parks. Dylan Evans, electrician, has been working on wiring troubles with the irrigation at the SportsPark. And, our mowing crews are taking care of business as usual, every day, doing a great job on several lawn projects.

Additionally, we can’t forget that Joe Mack, the new parks and recreation director, started on Tuesday. We are excited to welcome him aboard and know he will do great things for this department.

Our Engineering and Public Works crews are installing new stormwater pipes and doing a detention pond clean-out at Woodhollow Lane and doing a cross drain culvert replacement on East Beaver Creek Road.

The Second Saturday Concert Series continues this Saturday with Wild Blue Yonder playing at the Cove and Jay Dee taking the stage at Clayton Park.

The free concerts are held from 6-8 p.m. June through August on the second Saturday of each month. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets, lawn chairs and food. However, no alcohol is allowed.

The remaining dates and bands for summer 2021 are:

  • August 14: Leftfoot Dave and the Magic Hats (Cove) and Davis Mitchell (Clayton Park)

Wild Blue Yonder is not only a mainstay at the Second Saturday Concert series but well-known throughout the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina regions. The band, a three- or four-piece ensemble, also produced a number of bluegrass albums during the past two decades. The band touts itself as “preserving the musical traditions of their Appalachian region (that gives) fresh voice to ancient themes of love and loss, time and trials.” You can find more about the band on their website and on Facebook.

Jay Dee, a country music singer-songwriter based out of Knoxville, performs contemporary country, classic and Southern rock covers across the Southeast. He says: “It’s all about the experience of a live show and interaction with the audience.” More information about Jay Dee can be found here.

If any concert has to be canceled because of the weather, the county will post a notification to the Parks and Rec Facebook page and the Park’s Twitter page.

Abbey Harris, deputy communications director for Knox County Mayor’s Office, is pinch-hitting for Mike Donila this week.

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