Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


June 4, 2014

Area summer concerts begin

GLASGOW — Two southcentral Kentucky towns, Cave City and Tompkinsville, will come alive with music on Friday nights once again this summer.

Both cities will be locations for free concerts, which will start this month.

Cave City will kick off their summer concert series at 7 p.m. with a performance by bluegrass band Arthur Hatfield and Buck Creek. The concert will take place on Broadway Street in downtown Cave City.

This is the second year for the concerts.

“We wanted to give back to the community and we figured that there’s not a lot to do in Cave City as far as the local people, so [the concerts] are something we want to put on for the local people,” said Heather Streible with the Cave City Proud Committee, which is the lone sponsor for the concerts.

The committee has been trying to get other sponsors to help cover the cost of the concerts, she said.  

In addition to the concert, there will be inflatables available for children, as well as arts and crafts vendors.

Concessions will be provided by the committee, she said.

“That money helps fund the concerts and also pays for the Cave City Proud Days in September,” Streible said.

Others scheduled to perform during the concert series are: Nightfall, June 20; Dizzorderly Conduct (formerly Blue Light Special and Skip Bond and the Fugitives), July 4; and Steele Country, July 18.

Tompkinsville’s summer concert series begins with No Deposit performing at 7 p.m. on June 13 at Printer’s Park on Main Street.

“We’ve got a lot of stuff going on with [the concert]. We’ve got a kids’ bouncy house [and] there are going to be concessions,” said Patti Richardson, coordinator for the Monroe County Economic Development Center, Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Commission.

No Deposit is a local band that plays “old time rock ’n roll,” she said.

Other groups scheduled to perform are: Arthur Hatfield and Buck Creek, July 18; and 4Forty9, July 25.

“We started many years ago doing this,” said Richardson. “It was very, very slow to take off [until] we got sponsorship from Bluegrass Cellular. Three years ago they started sponsoring us. Up to that point, we didn’t have any money to offer anybody.”

With Bluegrass Cellular’s help, more well-known bands have agreed to play the summer concert series because they will receive some pay for their performance, she said.

“Last year, No Deposit was our kick-off band as they are this year. We had people standing out in the streets,” she said.

In the event of rain, Tompkinsville’s concerts will be moved to the pavilion behind Walmart. Concert go-ers are asked to bring their own lawn chairs when attending either concert series.

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