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Is there anything better than listening to good music with a slight breeze ruffling your hair and a plate of food in your lap to get you in the mood for summer?
Sound like a plan?
It could be if you attend the kickoff this weekend of the 2012 Street Party Concert Series in downtown Shelbyville. And to add to the image, organizers say food prices will be very reasonable, and the concerts are absolutely free.
“They are predicting great weather, and I am really looking forward to some awesome food and just the kind of music I like,” said Eilene Collins, executive director of Shelby Development Corporation, which organizes the concert.
The band Thomas Hood will plat at 6 tonight in the public parking on the north side of Main Street, between 6th and 7th streets.
“They are a small band and will be playing a mixture of music, mostly from the eighties,” said Hubie Pollett, magistrate in District 1, who helps underwrite the series. “A lot of people like that kind of music, me included. It’s perfect for an outdoor concert.”
Then on Saturday night, Better Daze will perform at 7 p.m., featuring the same kind of music.
The Kiwanis Club will be cooking hotdogs and hamburgers, and Collins said she thinks there will be a vendor selling kettle corn as well.
Pollett said he has had feedback from the public that some people think the concert is a church function for the Presbyterian Church only, and that has deterred them from going.
“People from the church will be cooking the food Friday night, but we just want to emphasize that this is a community event, free and open to the public,” he said.
Also this weekend, there will be a fish fry at Lake Shelby at 5:30 p.m., Pollett said, the first of those monthly events through the summer.
“Parks and Rec will be putting that on,” he said. “I’m not sure they will let Clay [Parks Director Cottongim] do any cooking, but the staff will be there.”
The concerts will be held each weekend throughout mid-September and will include such bands as New Breed, Phil Kelley and Leo and the Moonlighters, to name a few.
There will be other events throughout the summer as well, including two custom car shows, one during Jubilee week on July 28, and one in September.
Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said he encourages the public to attend this weekend.
“They’re calling for some nice weather, and personally, I think it will be great fun, and there’s not too many opportunities to have fun for free these days,” he said with a chuckle. “I just hope a lot of folks come out and have a good time.”
Street Party Concert Series
What:downtown Shelbyville concert series
When:Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 7, starting today.
Today Tom Hood
Saturday Better Daze
June 29 Josh & Holly
June 30 Carryin On
July 27 Phil Kelley
July 28 Leo & the Moonlighters and car cruise
Aug. 24 Flat Pick Express
Aug. 25 Fourth Watch
Sept. 14 Lewis Mathis
Sept. 15 New Breed and car cruise