October 25, 2014

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Medina concert will give stage to young musicians on June 28

MEDINA — The city’s oldest neighborhood will be the stage for some of the area’s youngest musicians later this month.

City councilman Bill Lamb, at large, and the South Court Historic Neighborhood Association are organizing a “Rockin’ the Court” street festival on Saturday, June 28.

“I am constantly trying to promote the neighborhood,” Lamb said “It is fun to do things that are interesting, different and casual.”

Musicians will perform 15 to 20 sets from noon to 4 p.m. on front porches of homes between Lafayette Road and West Park Boulevard.

The festival will coincide with Main Street Medina’s Antique Lovers Weekend.

Lamb said he got the idea last year after attending Akron Highland Square’s Porch Rokr Festival, where hundreds of houses hold front porch concerts.

“I thought, ‘We could probably scale this down and do something similar on South Court Street,’” he said.

The acts will vary in genre from blues to jazz to popular music and will be from the high school to the professional level, Lamb said.

“I’m trying to have a lot of variety,” he said. “People are looking for something fun and entertaining.”

One confirmed act is Medina’s Deanna Drocton, 16, who performed at the House of Blues earlier this year.

The Medina High School talent program CHANT will also bring artists to the event.

“This is not really a money maker, but more of a fun family event,” Lamb said.

CHANT and the neighborhood association will be selling lemonade, soft drinks, popcorn and hotdogs at two locations on the street.

Lamb thinks the event will be successful in a scene where people are enjoying uptown Medina more often.

“When you have a music event to that adds to the vibrancy of the neighborhood,” he said. “It fits in really well with what goes on in the park uptown.”

Lamb said the goal is to keep the historic district healthy and alive.

“We have never done something quite like this,” he said.

Advance tickets for the South Court Historic Neighborhood Association’s annual August Home Tour will be on sale at the event.

Contact report Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.