‘Concerts on the Commons’ begin Friday in Norris

This summer’s Norris “Concerts on the Commons” series begins at 7 p.m. Friday (June 2) with a performance by The Rebel Mountain Band on the outdoor stage next to the Lions Club Pavilion downtown.

The Rebel Mountain Band is described as a “four-member, electric Southern rock” group.

Music genres in the concerts will also include bluegrass, country, classic rock, Mo-Town, and rhythm and blues.

There will be five concerts again this summer, with the first four on successive Friday nights through June 23, and the final one on Tuesday, July 4, as part of the Norris Day celebration.

All of the concerts begin at 7 p.m., except for June 23’s concert, which starts at 6:30 p.m. The performances conclude about 9 p.m.

There is no admission charge, but attendees are requested to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on in the grassy area in front of the stage, on the grounds of Norris Middle School.

The July 4 concert will be followed by a 20-minute fireworks display.

The late Jack Mitchell, who was a longtime Norris real-estate agent and publisher of the Norris Bulletin, created the concert series 15 years ago.

Powell Clinch Utility District has been the sponsor of the series since its inception, responsible for paying the performers for their appearances. This year, PCUD will again sponsor the concerts, while the Norris Lions Club will be helping to sponsor the fifth concert.