Free music this summer at City Hall

TUPELO – A free outdoor concert series will kick off next month with two Oxford-based bands performing live in downtown’s Fairpark District.
The “Down on Main Street Summer Concert Series” is sponsored by the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association with funding made possible by the municipal Quality of Life Committee.
The cooperative effort will bring three shows to the city this season, each held on the third Thursday of the month through September.
“We’re so excited,” said Main Street Association Director Debbie Brangenberg. “It’ll be a great new opportunity for people to come out and have a good time.”
Hillbilly rock band The Kudzu Kings will headline the first event, which runs from 6-11 p.m., July 16 in the amphitheater outside City Hall. Opening act will be the Cajun-infused bluegrass group Mayhem String Band.
Acts for the next concerts haven’t been confirmed, but Brangenberg plans for a variety of music.
“It’s going to be a genre different from what you normally hear,” she said.
Quality of Life Committee Chairman Chris Root said his group voted earlier this month to give $15,000 to the concert series as seed money. The City Council must still approve the donation.
“Our goal is to provide startup money so there could be an event to generate excitement, and in turn, fund more events like that,” Root said. “That’s one of our missions.”
This is the second project funded by the Quality of Life Committee, which started in early 2008. The first project was a $20,000 daffodil-planting effort carried out late last year.
The group’s money from a voluntary utility round-up program through Tupelo Water & Light.
Root and Brangenberg hope to raise more money for the concert series through individual and corporate sponsorships and through vendors who will be allowed to sell refreshments and merchandise at the events.
Brangenberg said several sponsors have already signed on.

Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

Down on Main Street Summer Concert Series
What: Free outdoor concerts
Where: Outside Tupelo City Hall in downtown’s Fairpark District
When: 6-11 p.m., Third Thursday of July, August and September
Who: Everyone is welcome to the family-friendly events
More info: Call the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association at (662) 841-6598

Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal