Disco, soul and country music on tap downtown this weekend

Joe Paull jpaull@ledger-enquirer.com
Classic Addict performs downtown on Broadway Friday night duringh a free concert.
Joe Paull jpaull@ledger-enquirer.com Classic Addict performs downtown on Broadway Friday night duringh a free concert.

If songs such as "Shama Lama Ding Dong" and "She's a Bad Mama Jama," are among your fondest memories of the 70s then you won't want to miss the performance of LavaLamp which will be performing songs from that decade Friday night at the Uptown Concert Series on the 1000 block of Broadway.

The three-hour show presented by Uptown Columbus begins at 7 p.m. and the four-member band will be playing some soul, some funk and a little disco.

LavaLamp members will be wearing their leisure suits and bell bottoms while performing songs made famous by artists such as Cheap Trick, Dr. Hook, Neil Diamond, Marvin Gaye, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, REO Speedwagon, ABBA and Wet Willie.

If your musical taste run a little more toward country, you will likely want to stop by the Uptown Songwriter Series on Saturday.

Presented by Uptown Columbus, the show will feature songwriters Greg Barnhilll and Walt Aldridge.

The entertainers will sing their songs and also tell the stories behind the hits.

The show begins at 7 p.m. at The Park at 11th Street and Bay Avenue.

Barnhill has co-written hits such as "Walkaway Joe" for Don Henley and Trisha Yearwood and "House of Love" for Amy Grant and Vince Gill.

Aldridge co-wrote Travis Tritt's hit "Modern Day Bonnie & Clyde," Ronnie Milsap's "There's No Getting Over Me," and Heartland's "I Loved Her First."

In an interview with the John Jarrard Foundation, Barnhill described his music as "easy to listen to and earthy."

"Anyone who knows the human experience knows everything I sing about. It comes from a common place. . .the heart and soul."

In the same interview, he said influences included the Neville Brothers, George Jones, Al Green, the Beatles and the Eagles.

Barnhill, who has received a Grammy nomination and is an Emmy winner, said playing music is a gift God gave him to make other people feel better and escape their troubles for a little while.

Aldridge has more than 30 years experience in the music industry as a songwriter, recording artist, record producer, recording engineer, music publisher and studio owner.

He has worked with artists such as Billy Ray Cyrus, The Gatlin Brothers, Marie Osmond, Mac Davis and Alabama.

He has been awarded a bronze star on the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Walk of Fame.

What is the cost?

It's all free.

What is the dress?

Come in casual clothes, Both event are outdoors.

Will children like the shows?

They will likely get a big kick out of LavaLamp. Older kids could appreciate the songwriters.

Anything else going on Saturday downtown?

Market Days on Broadway featuring vendors, selling food and crafts, is 9 a.m. - noon and at 6 p.m. in the 1100 block of Broadway, the Uptown Drum Circle will take place.