Down on Main celebrates Tupelo

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Down on Main brought together music fans and sports nuts on Thursday night, with a city pep rally and roots music.
Between opening act Sanders Bohlke and headliners the Stringdusters, the Tupelo High School cheerleaders and football team led a pep rally. Tupelo football coach David Bradberry recognized senior cheerleaders and football players, as well as players who had never missed a practice. He commended his 87 players for working out in 100-degree weather.
“When it comes down to representing Tupelo High School, they’re going to put the best foot forward,” he said.
Sardis native Sanders Bohlke introduced his country-twanged singer-songwriter sound to the Tupelo crowd at Down on Main at Fairpark.
He was followed by the Infamous Stringdusters, a bluegrass group from Nashville. The band kept a steady crowd of dancers down in front.
“I know this is a stupid question,” said Travis Book, the band’s bass player, “but is it always this hot out here?”
Also braving the temperatures were artists such as April Bell of Saltillo. She and her family were selling vintage, bohemian and steampunk jewelry and paintings – under the name Hooty Lou’s – at Down on Main as a part of Artists’ Alley.
It was the first time for Bell to set up at Artists’ Alley, but she said she’d be back.
“We’ve had a lot of shoppers and lookers, and a lot of orders,” she said. “We’re doing pretty good. I’m absolutely coming back in September.”
Already looking forward to the September Down on Main show is Chris Root, an event organizer.
The next Down on Main is Sept. 9 and will feature Moon Taxi and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
“These are national acts – international acts, actually, with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band,” Root said. Both bands will make their Tupelo debut at the show.
“This’ll be some of the best music Tupelo’s ever seen,” Root said.
Mayor Jack Reed Jr. commended the concert series when he introduced the Stringdusters and said Down on Main is “quickly becoming one of Tupelo’s great traditions.”

Contact Sheena Barnett at (662) 678-1580 or sheena.barnett@djournal.com.