By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Fairpark will be full of funk and folk this summer.
The 5th annual Down on Main concert series has been announced, and the lineup is diverse.
“Each concert this season will have its own flavor,” said Down on Main committee member Chris Root. “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.”
Kicking off the three Thursday evening concerts on July 11 is bluegrass legends The Travelin’ McCourys, with Texas bluegrass artist Sarah Jarosz opening.
There will be a special guest at this show, said committee member Michael Addison, who will be announced closer to the concert.
Rock and folk take the stage at the next show on Aug. 8, as Mississippi rock band Rosco Bandana headlines and folk band The Giving Tree opens.
A powerful trio of artists is slated for the final show on Sept. 12, with gospel trio the Como Mamas opening for juke joint reggae band Afrissippi and New Orleans funk band Galactic.
All of the Down on Main concerts are free and start at 6:30 p.m. at Fairpark in downtown Tupelo.
“With Tupelo and Mississippi both having such a claim to music, we weaned to give the community an opportunity to experience different genres of live, original music,” Root said.
Down on Main is paid for by personal donation, sponsors such as Mitchell Distributing and C Spire Wireless, and grants from Toyota and Quality of Life.
JULY 11: Travelin’ McCourys, Sarah Jarosz
AUG. 8: Rosco Bandana, The Giving Tree
SEPT. 12: Galactic, Afrissippi, Como Mamas
ALL CONCERTS ARE FREE and start at 6:30 p.m. at Fairpark.