Downtown summer concert series begins today

July 10, 1997

This year's downtown summer concert series begins today with blues performer Duffy Kane, officials said Wednesday.

The series at Hager's Row behind the Tres School for the Arts will feature 10 concerts, one each Thursday, through Sept. 11. Concerts will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., said Downtown Coordinator Karen Giffin.

Performers will include blues artists 2 Blue Ensemble and the Rhythm Kings, rock bands Big House and Never Satisfied, as well as the classical Appalachian Wind Quintet, Giffin said.

An open mike night is schedule for Aug. 7.

"The point of doing this is to get people excited about being downtown," said Andy Singer, chairman of the Downtown Assessment District.


The district is sponsoring the concert series at a cost of about $3,000, Giffin said.

The concert series was moved from Public Square, where it was last year, because the square will be undergoing renovations for much of the summer, Singer said.

Benches will be provided along Hager's Row and the neighboring The Plum restaurant is open for dinner and has an outdoor patio, Giffin said.

The concert series will be held on Thursdays, instead of Fridays as it was last year, so more people have a chance to go, Giffin said.

During the summer, many residents leave after work on Friday for vacations or weekend trips, she said.

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