CLEARFIELD — The Clearfield Corner Concert series returns for its eighth year, despite almost being canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Corner Concerts are held every Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day starting at 7 p.m. Usually they are held in Shaw Park at the corner of Market and Front streets but this year, as a result of the social distancing requirements, the concerts will be held at Lower Witmer Park, until these restrictions are lifted, according to organizer Steve Albert said.
“We moved it to Lower Witmer to give people more room to spread out,” he said.
Albert said he prefers Shaw Park because of its intimate setting and it’s near the movie theater and downtown restaurants, but he said Lower Witmer Park isn’t that far away from those businesses.
One downside is Lower Witmer Park doesn’t have any seating so attendees will have to bring their own seats, Albert said.
Planning for the series was going smoothly, he said, and all the acts were booked by the end of February.
“Things were pretty normal until the shutdown,” Albert said.
But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, there was some doubt whether the concerts could be held at all, Albert said. “But since we went to green we decided to go for it.”
None of the acts canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many of them have contacted me making sure the concerts are still on,” Albert said. “They are all anxious and ready to play.”
The first concert will be this Friday with the band Hell Bent performing. It is a larger band and to give them more room they might be using the pavilion by the river as a stage, but Albert said he will have to check if there is electrical service in that pavilion.
There will be a total of 14 concerts this year but if the weather holds out Albert said they might extend the season. He added that they have a wide variety of acts this year including classic rock, hard rock, country, and Christian music.
They also have some new performers this year.
Albert said there are some new acts that haven’t performed at the Corner Concerts before like Revamped, a husband and wife violin duo who play a wide range of musical styles. They are performing on Aug. 7.
Also new for this year, the Corner Concerts is taking sponsorships by local businesses. “Any local businesses that want to promote live music and the Clearfield Community I could use some sponsors,” Albert said.
The schedule is as follows: June 5, Hell Bent; June 12, Temptation Alley; June 19, Twin Reverb; June 26, Joe Quick; July 3, Heavenbound; June 10, To be announced; June 17, WIlliam Ryan; June 24, Ride the Song; July 31, Not ashamed; August 7, Revamped; Aug. 14, 21, 28 are rain dates; and Sept. 4, Scotto McCracken.