Point Park concert brings sounds of Motown to life

PARKERSBURG – About 2,000 people, the largest crowd so far, attended Friday night’s Point Park Music Series performance, organizers said.

The band “Motor City Revue” offered a new sound to the music series around 8 p.m. Friday by bringing a Motown and Stax style of soul music to the riverfront park.

The band offers music lovers an authentic tribute to the artists and songs that “defined a generation.” The tribute band performs songs made famous by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and The Supremes.

Mike and Ann Struble of Parkersburg said they came out for an evening of entertainment. The couple said it didn’t matter to them what the music was but they were expecting it to be pretty good after hearing last month’s performance, a Michael Buble tribute band.

“We came to the last concert which was very enjoyable,” Ann Stuble said. “We hope it will be good (tonight).”

Pete Walters of Washington said he came to the park for a nice evening with friends.

“I figured I’d come see what was going on,” he said after hearing about the style of music to expect. “I decided it would be a good time.”

Bill McBrayer of Washington said he was anticipating a good time as well.

“I’m glad to see downtown Parkersburg is doing something to bring people down here,” he said Friday night. “We came to support (the community) and like to see downtown doing well.”

McBrayer and Walters enjoyed a meal downtown before making their way to the park for a fun-filled night on the Ohio River.

“A nice evening on the river; can’t beat it,” McBrayer said. “We came to all of them last year. I liked different genres and liked everything we saw last year; I’m sure tonight will be great.”

Carrie Nesselrode, executive director of Downtown PKB, said the music series has continued to surpass the expectations of those who have put it into motion.

“We have an awesome crowd,” she said Friday just after the Motown-style band hit the stage. “This group is from New York.”

Nesselrode said she knew of a group of people from all over the area celebrating their 70th birthday by attending the concert. She said she loves seeing people treat the entertainment like a reason to come have a fun evening of gathering with friends and family.

Matt Baker, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park superintendent, said the park decided to coincide a dinner cruise with the concert series. For $25, people could go on a 1.5-hour cruise of the river as well as being treated to a steak, chicken or vegetarian option meal.

“As well as they’ve gone, we might start doing more of them,” Baker said. “This is the first year we have offered it.”

For more information on the upcoming events and entertainment visit www.downtownpkb.com or www.Facebook.com/downtownpkb.