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Fairport Harbor launches summer concert series

June 6, 2014

By Simon Husted, The News-Herald, Willoughby, Ohio

June 06--The village of Fairport Harbor's lakefront was flooded June 5, not by water but music and a few flames.

Discover Fairport Harbor, a non-profit community improvement group, kicked off of its Summer Concert Series at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park with a crowd of nearly 150 people and warm, sunny weather. Local melodic pop band Sergio From Rio headlined June 5's concert.

It is the first concert series in the village, organizers said, and one they hope will generate traffic for great investment in the village's commercial area.

Diane LaCava of Painesville Township and Sarah Yedlick of Camas, Washington, whose grandfather lives in the village were among the concertgoers. They said they came after spotting a sign about the concert.

Yedlick, a self-proclaimed "big concert-goer," said Fairport Harbor's concert series can be a big draw for a small community.

"It's close to the water and the beach, and the amphitheater with the hill is just naturally a good place to hold concerts," Yedlick said.

LaCava, who has grown up in Fairport Harbor, said she was happy to see the village hosting its own summer concert series.

"I know it's become pretty popular with all of the other communities," said LaCava, listing Painesville, Willoughby and Chardon.

She said this could bring in people from those areas because the local concerts typically fall on different days of the week.

In addition to the headlining band, local rock band The Promise Hero performed opening music acts and local firespinning group Flomentum performed throughout the show, and delighted the crowd for an hour before the music began at 7 p.m.

Cassandra Conrad, a Discover Fairport Harbor member and founder of the concert series, said June 5's turnout and event, as a whole, was a blessing. It gave such a good impression that two businesses agreed to sponsor separate concert installments.

In addition to the Painesville- and Fairport Harbor-based groups and businesses sponsoring different bands, Conrad said the concert series was made possible because of the coordination assistance provided by former Councilwoman Pamela Morse, who had a big hand in organizing last year's Radio Disney event.

The series continues every Thursday until Aug. 21, with the exception of July 3 for Mardi Gras. Firespinning performances begin 6 p.m. and musical performances run between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Huntington Beach Hill.

More information is available on Discover Fairport Harbor's Facebook page at


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