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A large crowd relaxes on Main Street for the first in the series of Downtown Live events. Organizers say all went well with vendors and merchants reporting strong business and no problems with logistics. Look for the next Downtown Live on June 10.

Downtown comes alive with first concert of the summer, packing Main Street

            The Downtown Development Authority sponsored summer concert series picked up Saturday right where it left off last year with a large crowd, few problems and a positive response, say organizers.

            Though the name changed over the winter from Second Saturdays to Downtown Live, the event has remained the same with a free concert, food tents, vendors and a kids’ area provided by local churches.

            Like all free downtown events, the actual attendance is hard to estimate with no gates and the crowd spaced out on both North and South Main Street. It was without-a-doubt well attended but not so crowded as to create issues.

            Marty Callahan, who is in his second year of organizing the event, said Monday that as far as he knew there were no issues as they had made some adjustments to last year regarding generators and some of the set-up and more signage.

            “Had a few things we didn’t do last year that we did. Everything went well,” he said. “I am pleased to get the first one and all logistics out of the way.

            Saturday featured two local acts, Paul, Patton, & Nato as the opening act and the T. James band as the headliner.

            Callahan said it looked like the crowd arrived a little earlier than last year but that could be attributed to the great weather. Callahan said they got lucky by dodging a pretty good shower in another part of the county about the time the music started at 5 p.m.

            The concerts will run all summer, once a month, with the next one coming June 10 featuring Stuck in Right Field as the opening act and One for the Road as the main act.

            Callahan said they had positive feedback from the vendors and are always looking to make adjustments and are open to suggestions. For June, they may add a car cruise with a local group that would be on DB Carroll Street on the north end of town.

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