Hundreds gather for summer Down on Main concert series

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Weather must be a music fan, because this week’s brutal temperatures eased up for the Down on Main concert series at Fairkpark on Thursday night.
Hundreds came to Fairpark to enjoy music by Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Doc Dailey & the Magnolia Devil and The Only Sons. A cool breeze blew as kids drew in the space in front of the stage with sidewalk chalk, and snow cones helped keep music fans cool. Along the back side of the park were artists selling their wares, like handmade bags, clothes and jewelry.
“We appreciate y’all coming down to listen to us,” Isbell told the crowd before his band launched into “The Magician.”
In the audience was Randi Wierman and John Franklin, who took turns dancing with their 16-month-old daughter Garrett while opening band The Only Sons played.
“She loves it,” Franklin said.
It was the trio’s first Down on Main.
“We enjoy taking her out to see music,” Wierman said.
“Even if it is past her bedtime,” Franklin added.
Down on Main organizer Chris Root was pleasantly surprised by the turnout.
“We had a torrential downpour earlier, and it’s been hot, but it’s been wonderful tonight,” he said.
Root said he heard from many audience members how much they enjoyed all three acts at the show.
The Down on Main series continues with bluegrass artists on Aug. 11, and a host of Hill Country bluesmen on Sept. 8.
The next shows also will feature 50-foot mist machines to help keep the audience cool, as requested by past Down on Main attendees.
“We’re doing things to make it more comfortable,” he said.
Bluegrass has always been a big draw at Down on Main, so he said bluegrass fans will definitely enjoy the next show.
“We got a straight-up legend on the next one, with Sam Bush,” he said. “You said you wanted bluegrass, so we’ve got the real deal.”
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com

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Aug. 11: Sam Bush, Rooster Blues

Sept. 8: Duwayne Burnside, Garry
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