OUR OPINION: ‘Down on Main’ sets its fifth season of concerts

By NEMS Daily Journal

The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association on Monday announced three free Fairpark concerts for the sizzling summer months – the “Down on Main” series that begins its fifth season July 11.
The popular evening concerts, which have drawn large audiences, grew from the interest of a group of young Tupelo professionals, who partnered with the Downtown Main Street Association to stage events in July, August and September. Corporate sponsors C Spire Wireless and Mitchell Distributing, plus grants from the city’s Quality of Life Committee, Toyota, and personal donations, fund the series.
This year’s series offers strong diversity and multicultural appeal:
• The progressive bluegrass trio Sarah Jarosz opens for the bluegrass legends The Travelin’ McCourys (with a very special guest, DTMSA said) on July 11.
• Aug. 8, a “rocked out folk band,” The Giving Tree, will open up for Mississippi’s power rock band, Rosco Bandana. The Giving Tree is Illinois based and has received strong reviews.
• Mississippi’s gospel trio The Como Mamas open up for juke joint reggae blend Afrissippi, with New Orleans funk rock band Galactic, headlining in the last concert Sept. 12.
The series is designed as a family event. “Tailgate” tents, chairs and tables are welcomed.
Founding organizer Chris Root, an architect, said Tupelo needed a showcase.
“With Tupelo and Mississippi both having such a claim to music, we wanted to give the community an opportunity to experience different genres of live, original music,” said Root.
Rosco Bandana’s hits include a popular song about the band’s home state, Mississippi:

“Feels Like Mississippi”
Back roads and old cane poles
All we got is our beautiful souls
Shinin’ like the Gulf of Mexico
We hold our heads up high ya see
As a beacon of hospitality
Our difference is our greatest strength

And we’ve come through the darkest hour
We found love was our greatest power
And Mississippi pride is what drove us on
It feels like comin’ home

From Tylertown to Tupelo
You’re gonna find some folks who know
Catfish and cotton ain’t all we grow
If they say the southland is all the same
That we’re all still runnin a backwards game
Just take a little trip to a place with an old name

For more information about the “Down on Main” free summer concert series or to inquire about obtaining a sponsorship, call (662) 841-6598 or visit the website www.tupelodownonmain.com.

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