TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Returning for its fifth year, the “Down on Main” summer concert series kicks off the first of three events on Thursday, July 11 at Fairpark Amphitheater in Downtown Tupelo.
Each event will be held on the second Thursday of the month in July, August, and September.
All concerts are free and open to the public. Festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m.
“We are very excited about the return of the Down on Main series,” said Debbie Brangenberg, director of Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association. “It totally enhances the downtown experience.”
“Each concert this season will have its own flavor,” said Chris Root, one of the original committee members. “They all three span different cultures and demographics and appeal to a diverse audience. From rock ‘n roll, blues, and bluegrass to folk, gospel, and New Orleans funk, all three concerts will be unique.”
Entertainment for the event includes progressive bluegrass trio Sarah Jarosz opening for the bluegrass legends The Travelin’ McCourys (with a very special guest) on July 11.
On August 8, rocked out folk band The Giving Tree will open up for Mississippi’s own power rock band Rosco Bandana.
Mississippi gospel trio The Como Mamas open up for juke joint reggae blend Afrissippi, with New Orleans funk rock band Galactic headlining in the last of the concert series on September 12.
Down on Main is a free summer concert series organized by a group of young Tupelo professionals, partnered with the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association.
“With Tupelo and Mississippi both having such a claim to music, we wanted to give the community an opportunity to experience different genres of live, original music,” said Root.
The event, which is funded by corporate sponsors, including Mitchell Distributing and C Spire Wireless; grants, including Quality of Life Committee and Toyota; and personal donations, has a family friendly atmosphere.
For more information about the “Down on Main” free summer concert series or to inquire about obtaining a sponsorship, call 662.841.6598 or click here
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