Leila Dycus Staff Writer

A little rain never hurt anyone and for Rutledge music enthusiast it couldn’t stop them from coming out to the summer concert series featuring Tim Cadiere. “It just warms my heart to see week after week big turn outs for the concert series,” said concert director Terry Reeves. “It’s a wonderful thing for Rutledge and it’s a really good feeling to see how well received this concert series is.” This past week was no exception. Tim Cadiere and The Wash Board Road Band grace Rutledge on July 18. Despite the rain the show went on. People from Morgan County and beyond packed into Yesterday’s Café for an unforgettable concert. “The concert series is really growing and becoming the Chastain Park of Rutledge so when we had to move it inside we lost some of that charm,” said Reeves. For music enthusiasts that have been packing Rutledge for weeks the concert didn’t disappoint. In the weeks past people have packed into the park surrounding the gazebo with their chairs, tables and yes even their decorations. Last week’s Randall Bramblett concert inspired people to bring their canopies, tables and decorations. The feel of the Rutledge Park was described as the Chastain of Rutledge. However, this week rain moved the concert inside. People who might normally bring their own food and furry friends had to leave those at home if they wanted to enjoy the concert.

That being said it didn’t keep crowds away. Tim Cadiere, a local artist from Eatonton, wow crowds with his mix of original songs and covers of famous artists. Yesterday’s Café was rocking into the night as people struggled to find a seat, some even opting to sit on the sidewalk outside. The Merchants Association of Rutledge inspired last Friday’s show. Merchants had seen Cadiere before and asked concert series director Terry Reeves to bring the singer back to Rutledge. The concert series has become a staple in Rutledge that resident’s hope will return again next year. It’s not over yet, there are still six shows left of the concert series so if you missed the previous shows there’s still time to get on out to Rutledge.

Concerts are hosted on Friday nights in the gazebo at the center of town. They are free and you are more than welcome to bring tables, decorations, food and even your pets. “It has really taken off; the ambiance of the whole thing,” said Reeves. “I’m just thrilled to see how Rutledge is being creative in making their own personal space for the concert series and the tables and the candelabras and the decorations.” The series has been a great exposure for the local and regional musicians making it beneficial for both the artists and the audiences. The Rutledge concert series is packed with a great line up for the rest of the summer. “We have some of the finest regional and local acts around and there’s no other place that you can go hear first class music, for free, bring your own food and your drinks and just have a really down home good time,” said Reeves. “Rutledge is a very special place and we’re very proud of this concert series.”