First in concert series successful despite weather

The Downtown Business Association kicked off its Saturday in the Park concert series this weekend in Ponce de Leon Park.

The concert featured the Bill Peterson Trio with Robin Sherman on bass and Adam Hendley on drums.

Despite the chilly temperatures, warm and mellow jazz tunes filled the park. The two-hour set began promptly at 8 p.m. and included old tunes such as Johnny Green’s “Body and Soul” and a jazz rendition of “Shenendoa”.

The intimate crowd gathered with blankets and lawn chairs. Concertgoers were able to enjoy the free music.

This is the first of nine events taking place during the concert series. Curt Reilly, event organizer and president of the Downtown Business Association, recalled the success of last year’s concert series and said he anticipates another successful series this year.

The concerts will take place on the first Saturday of every month and will end in November. According to Jason Wildenstein, a general manager at WTXL-TV ABC 27, the concert series is a way of bringing the community together.

“The concert series allows music lovers in the Tallahassee community to come together and enjoy what the city has to offer,” Wildenstein said.

The series is open to families, couples, students, residents and visitors of Tallahassee. Brian Harrell, a senior systems analyst, enjoyed the concert and saw the event as an opportunity to support the community.

Further information on the Saturday in the Park concert series can be found by visiting