by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Matt Rinker (and his pooch Loki), along with Chris Davis, welcome guests to Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood concert series.Normally quiet Ardenwald Park once again was enlivened with live music, as the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association’s annual concert series got underway on Friday, August 2nd.

“Providing these free outdoor concerts is the way our neighborhood association ‘gives back’ to our neighbors every year,” organizer Jeff Davis told THE BEE.

Now in his fourth year in the role, Davis said he keeps booking bands and helping organize the concerts because he enjoys doing it. “It’s fun providing an enjoyable evening. And we get such nice positive feedback for our effort. Events like these bring everyone together at least once a year, in a casual setting.”

Drawing up to 300 guests per concert helps the neighborhood association meet other goals, commented Davis. “Residents often don’t come to neighborhood association meetings, or other events – but people always come to the concerts, and there they can find out about the issues on which the neighborhood is working.”

Just then, the evening’s entertainers, “Get Rhythm”, counted off their first downbeat and treated the audience to their repertoire of classic Johnny Cash tunes – providing “Genuine Cash as close as we can play it.”

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