This week’s Summer Concerts on the Square music series will feature two community favorites, the Ezy Street Band, and the Lions Club’s annual Taste of Charlotte. The event takes place Thursday, August 24 on the lawn of the historic 1885 Eaton County Courthouse in downtown Charlotte. The Taste of Charlotte begins 5:30 p.m. and the Ezy Street Band will play from 6:30 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m.
Taste of Charlotte Tickets are $1 each, and most food items cost one or two tickets. The event runs until the vendors are out of food. The event sponsor is Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home.
The Ezy Street Band has been described as a 50’s & 60’s Oldies Sock Hop band that fills in with a few classic country and rock tunes. They perform at the Eaton Area Senior Center several times each year for their Sock Hops which have proven to be a huge crowd favorite. Over the past few years they have performed at the Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival, once at Potterville’s Gizzard Fest, downtown Charlotte at two of their Thursday Car Shows for the Siren Shelter and for numerous festivals, parties and gatherings in and out of the area.
The Ezy Street Band has been together for 10 years and consists of musicians with well over 150 years of combined experience. Marcia Fittro, the group’s female vocalist, has performed not only with The Ezy Street Band, but has also been a member of the MSU Women’s Chorale, folk rock group Deseret and bluegrass group New Friends Folk. Percussionist Aaron Hawks works at Lansing’s Music Manor, managing the drum shop, and has been an active musician performing with such groups as Showdown, Jennifer Lewis, Billy Calhoun and Frisco. George Podany is the bass player for the group and does lead and backup vocals as well. He was a member of Blind Ambition, Jack Clarkson Band and Frisco. Rick Hughes, the band’s sax player has quite a background. Not only does he play sax with several local groups, he is also DJ Ricky, one of the area’s most requested DJ’s, performing regularly at Hawk Hollow’s Friday Night Dances, but also travels to Greenville and to Indiana several times a year for dances, plus numerous Wedding Receptions and Private Parties as well. Last but not least is guitarist and vocalist Don Mulvany. Don has been performing since 1966 with such groups as The San Francisco Trolley Company, The Hughes Brothers Band, Dealer’s Choice and co-founded Frisco with Rick Hughes.
Summer Concerts on the Square continues every Thursday evening through the end of August. Bring your lawn chair, picnic blanket and non-alcoholic refreshments, and enjoy another free summer concert.