By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – Bluegrass, the blues and rock ’n’ roll will rock Fairpark this summer at the Down on Main concert series. The free concerts are 6:30 p.m. the second Thursdays of July, August and September in front of City Hall.
Bluegrass is celebrated at the July 10 concert, which will feature three-piece string band the Howlin’ Brothers and progressive bluegrass group Hot Buttered Rum of San Francisco.
Hot Buttered Rum just released a new, self-titled album in May.
Tupelo-based Homemade Jamz Blues Band will open up for the legendary Bobby Rush Band on Aug. 14. The Louisiana-born Rush has a career that spans 57 years, and he’s experimented with many styles of music, including soul, funk, hip-hop and reggae.
The series wraps on Sept. 11 with the North Mississippi Allstars, a bluesy rock band. No opening act has been announced for that concert yet.
A member of the Allstars, Chris Chew, recently performed at the Tupelo tornado benefit show, Band Together.
Three food trucks, Two Dudes Mexican Foods, Memphis Style BBQ on Wheels and local MOBILE, and two sweets vendors all will be at the Down on Main shows.
This is the sixth season for Down on Main, and it’s planned by a group of volunteers in partnership with the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association.