Diverse music marks Down on Main series

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Fairpark will be alive with the sounds of blues, bluegrass and jazz this summer.
The performers for this summer’s Down on Main concert series were announced on Monday, and the lineup reflects a mix of sounds.
“Last year we focused on laid-back music, but this year we’re making things more diverse,” said Chris Root, an original committee member for the series.
The first concert, on July 8, will feature Memphis rock band John Paul Keith amp& the 145s opening for blues band Hill Country Revue.
Hill Country Revue is a side project of Chris Chew and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars.
Performing Aug. 12 is Sardis singer-songwriter Sanders Bohlke and bluegrass group The Infamous Stringdusters.
The final show is Sept. 9, with Nashville’s Moon Taxi opening up for the New Orleans jazz band The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Another music event, sponsored by Cellular South, will take place before the Sept. 9 event, but details have not been worked out yet.
At all three concerts, there will also be an Artists’ Alley, where artists can show and sell their work.
Also at the announcement Monday, this year’s poster for the Down on Main series was unveiled. The poster, which depicts a torn ticket stub, a musician performing, Tupelo City Hall and the Fairpark sign, was painted by artist Brent Farrar.
Debbie Brangenberg, director of the Downtown Main Street Association, said the series enhances downtown.
“We are really excited about it,” she said.
For information on the events, call (662) 841-6598.
Contact Sheena Barnett at (662) 678-1580 or sheena.barnett@djournal.com.