Blue Sky Concerts
When: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays in May
Where: Downtown Gainesville square
How much: Free
Lineup: Classic rock from Craver, May 11; contemporary jazz from Monica Spears, May 18; and piano rock from Kurt Scobie, May 25
A cool breeze and warm sun started off this spring's Blue Sky Concert series perfectly.
Folks sat in lawn chairs and on beach towels, enjoying a little food and some old country music, performed by the Steve Bryson Band.
"It's nice to get out," said Diane Felder, sitting in a lawn chair and eating a hot dog. "We like to come down here and eat. We like to see the little businesses that have opened up, go through 'em."
Felder and her husband Bill live on the lake and have been coming to the concerts regularly for years. Main Street manager Angela Thompson said the series started more than seven years ago.
Rebekah Rico came with her children, mother and some other friends with kids.
"We just love small towns, doing Gainesville stuff, supporting the local businesses," she said. "(You get to) sit out and enjoy a beautiful day and let the kids dance and run around."
And drawing people downtown is exactly why Main Street Gainesville puts on the concert series.
"When I first started — I started a year ago — I was kind of perplexed when I saw that we did a concert series on Wednesdays at noon in May and October," Thompson said.
"And then I was blown away the first time I put one on because they're really well attended and it provides a great thing for people at work in the downtown area to come out and have a break for lunch and enjoy some live music and get a low-cost meal."
The series continues each Wednesday in May with a different band each week and $6 box lunch from one of the local restaurants.