Rare Earth, Classics IV Revisited to rock Evart's final summer concert

EVART — Two classic rock 'n' roll bands from decades gone by will rock the Evart Depot this weekend for the final show of summer's Evart Concert Series.

Rare Earth and Classics IV Revisited will perform for free at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22. The two bands became popular in the late '60s and early '70s with hits climbing up the charts. Attendees will likely recognize Rare Earth songs including "Get Ready," "I Just Want to Celebrate," and Classics IV tunes such as "Spooky" and "Stormy."

"I wanted to have at least one band that plays its original music," said Evart Downtown Development Authority Director Al Weinberg. "Rare Earth is a Michigan-based band and I believe the first all-Caucasian band to be signed into Motown. We found they were still touring, negotiated with them and found a date we could have them."

In addition to the groups, Mark and Ben Cooper will take the stage as Divertamento to perform a selection of pre-concert music.

The show is the culmination of nine free concerts available to the public throughout the summer as part of the annual series. Other artists visiting Evart offered genres including blues, Christian contemporary, folk, country and more.

"Overall, I think the summer went well," Wienberg said. "I'm super pleased with the quality of acts that came through."

Though the rainy weather may have hurt concert attendance in June, the shows in July such as the Journey Tribute Band and the Steve Somers Band were very well attended.

"I think we really had a much bigger crowd this year," he added.

The concert series has been gaining popularity over the past few years, and the DDA consistently looks for younger groups and bands which will attract a large audience. Already there are plans in the works for next summer and ideas to feature concerts in the winter and spring months.

The Rare Earth and Classics IV Revisited concert date is one Weinberg looks forward to for more than the music.

"In some ways, it's kind of the perfect storm," he added. "We thought, nothing draws a crowd like a crowd, and we'll already have more than 500 motorcycles in town because the Goldwing Road Riders Association of Michigan will be staying at the fairgrounds. Then, after the concert, they will put on a light parade down Main Street for everyone."

In case of inclement weather, the performance will take place inside Crossroads Community Church, located across the street from the depot.