060519_MNS_Concerts_by_Springs Matt Reed Jason Nackers Chris Arrison Wes Hoffman


Saved by the Band includes, from left, Matt Reed (guitar), Jason Nackers (drums), Chris Arrison (vocals) and Wes Hoffman (bass).

Chris Arrison, lead singer for Saved by the Band, said when his group performs for the June 9 show in Heritage Sandy Springs’ Concerts by the Springs series, he suggests those attending come prepared to hear almost any kind of music, from the 1960s through the 2000s.

“We have a repertoire of songs from that 40-year era, including such fan favorites we have sung in past concerts as ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey and Whitney Houston’s ‘I Want to Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),’” he said.

“I hope we have a large crowd at Concerts by the Springs and for them to be ready to hear some of the great hits from those eras.”

This is the second group to perform in the series this year. It will be followed by Departure July 14, the Atlanta Brass Cats Aug. 11 and Band X Sept. 8.

Saved by the Band will rock the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn with its wide variety of hit music. In addition to the hits already mentioned, their music includes songs from some of the other popular bands in those eras, including Weezer, Talking Heads, AC/DC, Maroon 5, Bonnie Tyler, Young MC, Prince, The Killers, Deee-Lite and many more.

Arrison said his band, which also includes drummer Jason Nackers, guitarist Matt Reed and bass guitarist Wes Hoffman, formed in 2012. This is their first performance at Concerts by the Springs, “and we are looking forward to it,” he said.

The group also played at last year’s Food That Rocks event nearby at Sandy Springs’ new City Green.

When asked how they were connected with Concerts by the Springs, Arrison said Yacht Rock Revue, a late ’70s/early ’80s tribute band which manages Saved by the Band through its Please Rock company and has previously performed at the series, passed along the opportunity to play there.

“Usually the people who come out to see us know they are going to hear songs they are familiar with and they enjoy dancing and singing along with us,” Arrison said. “We hope that a lot of people show up and have a wonderful time at what we consider a great community event.”

Also, Heritage invited the group play at Concerts by the Springs after being impressed by its performance at Food That Rocks.

“We thought Concerts by the Springs would be a nice venue for them,” Heritage Executive Director Carol Thompson said. “We had a large group of (Heritage) folks attending Food that Rocks last year and we were wowed by this group. They can play anything and have such a variety in their music choices and vocal range. We saw that they can appeal to our younger audience and us older folks who still like to dance the night away.”

Of the concert series, Thompson said she’s excited about this year’s lineup.

“The tiered Entertainment Lawn is the perfect venue for our community to come together and dance, sing along and even eat dinner,” she said. “This is a free concert, but we always appreciate donations of at least $5 in our pink buckets – it helps us with our mission of keeping the history of Sandy Springs alive for today and generations to come, as well as educational programs for adults and kids, the HSS Museum and events like the concerts and the (Sandy Springs) Festival coming in September.”

Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early to picnic with family and friends. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the concert begins at 7.

Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome, but no outside tables are permitted. Additional food will be available for purchase from specialty vendors and food trucks.

Beer, wine, sodas and water will be available for sale, with proceeds benefiting Heritage. Smoking is prohibited and no pets are permitted, unless they are service assist animals.

For more information, visit www.heritagesandysprings.org or email events@heritagesandysprings.org.


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