Down on Main ends on a high note

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The 2010 Down on Main concert series ended Thursday night with the most music ever presented at the event.
The free concert series, which takes place in Fairpark once a month for three months, ended its 2010 run with not two bands, as per usual, but three.
In addition to rockers Moon Taxi and New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band, Northeast Mississippi country band The Grove opened up the show as a part of Cellular South’s “Emerge: Mobilize Your Music” program.
“It’s very cool,” said The Grove’s lead singer, Josh Smith, about the Emerge program. “Original music needs all the help it can get.”
Thursday night’s show brought in a smaller crowd than usual at Down on Main, but organizer Chris Root said the entire 2010 season has been a success.
“The music has been phenomenal,” he said. “I think, overall, Tupelo has been really good to us. We’ve brought in things that were outside of the box. …Nobody ever experiences change until you do something different.”
Trevor Terndrup, lead singer of Nashville rock band Moon Taxi, said he was impressed with Down on Main.
“This is a great thing they’re doing out here in Tupelo,” he told the audience. “It’s bringing people together, enjoying music.”
Root said it’s too early to talk about Down on Main’s 2011 season, but that the styles of music featured at the event has been discussed with Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival organizers in terms of what music could do well there.
Bluegrass seems to be the biggest draw at Down on Main events, Root said. The September Down on Main concert featured acoustic singer-songwriter Sanders Bohlke and bluegrass band the Infamous Stringdusters and brought in a huge crowd.
“Tupelo is big on bluegrass. For weeks after (the last Down on Main), people were talking about how that was the best music to come within 100 miles of here. It was phenomenal.”
This year’s Down on Main concerts have also featured Hill Country Revue and John Paul Keith and the 145’s.

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