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Rock band Everclear to play Saturday’s Music and Wings Festival in Suwanee

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The rock band Everclear will headline the Music and Wings concert at Suwanee’s Town Center on Saturday. (Special Photo)

Throughout the years, a variety of popular bands and musicians have taken the stage at Town Center Park for Suwanee’s August Concert like Sister Hazel and Shawn Mullins, who headlined the very first concert back in 2004. This year, alternative-rock band Everclear will be headlining on Saturday.

Everclear was Billboard’s Modern Rock Band of the Year in 1998. From 1994-2004, they had three platinum or double-platinum albums and several hits, including “Father of Mine,” “Wonderful” and “Santa Monica.”

Lead singer Art Alexakis says they have just gotten off a 40-day tour, so the band’s really in sync and the people of Suwanee can expect a fun, energetic show.

“I think the impression I get from people is that we’re way more of a rock band than they think,” Alexakis said. “We’re excited to play a couple of new songs, but we also like to play our hits. I get frustrated because some bands don’t like to play their hits. I like playing the hits because it makes people happy and it’s fun.”

Alexakis also said he enjoys playing their past hits because he gets to reconnect with the songs on a personal level.

“It’s the artist’s responsibility to find new things in a song and connect to that place inside when you wrote it,” Alexakis said. “‘Father of Mine’ is a very personal song and I have to get in touch with that every time. They (audience) want passion and that’s what we give them.”

Alexakis has been the frontman of Everclear since he formed the band in the early 1990s, so he has watched the band’s sound progress throughout the years.

“We’ve done everything I’ve wanted to do musicwise. And the lyrics, I’ve grown up a lot and still have a sense of humor but there’s more depth there,” Alexakis said. “I’ve always said I take my work and what I do very seriously. I practice hard and put a lot of heart and soul into it, and I don’t take myself too seriously.”

Everclear has also seen many changes in the band members throughout the years — Alexakis is the only member left from the original group. However, the Everclear playing this Saturday’s concert is not just a touring band — Alexakis said he has been playing with current members Dave French and Josh Crawley for over 10 years.

“We’ve recorded three whole albums together,” Alexakis said. “Some of these guys have been playing with me longer than the original guys that were in the videos back in the ’90s band.”

The most recent album released by the band was “Invisible Starsin 2012, but Alexikas said fans can expect a brand new album sometime at the beginning of next year.

Two additional opening acts have been added to this year’s concert lineup: Hunter Callahan, Nine Times Blue and The Athens Band will play before Everclear hits the stage around 8:30 p.m.

This summer’s community concert is also being combined with a wing festival that will feature a variety of saucy wings from area restaurants. The wing festival and musical performances will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Town Center Park in Suwanee.

Limited parking is available in the downtown area. A free shuttle bus will provide transportation between Town Center and the offsite parking location at Shawnee North Business Center, 305 Shawnee North Drive at Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. The shuttles will run from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Attendees may bring blankets, chairs, and picnics, but no alcohol may be brought into Town Center Park. Beer and wine will be available for purchase from concert vendors and licensed Town Center merchants.

For more information, visit suwanee.com.