This month’s artists
May 8: ESP, soft rock
May 15: Monica Spears, contemporary jazz
May 22: Emily Hearn, today’s hits and indie music
May 29: Steve Bryson, country
Although Wednesday was overcast and a bit breezier than many would expect, that did not deter the kickoff of Main Street Gainesville’s Blue Sky Concert Series.
A local group, 2 Guys 6 Strings, entertained the crowd with acoustic covers of popular hit songs and Christian rock. People of all ages convened on the downtown Gainesville square, settling down to enjoy the free entertainment on picnic blankets, lawn chairs and benches.
Regina Mansfield, the manager of Main Street Gainesville, was excited about the turnout for the start of the series, which will be continuing every Wednesday this month at noon.
“I’ve been here for a little over a year now and it’s amazing how many people come out. It’s like a little minibreak, a minivacation. We have our regulars — they have their chairs and everything ready to go by 11:30 (a.m). ... we’ve got something for everybody and it’s a great way for people to come out, chill out, relax.”
Local businesses and restaurants showed their support for the community-centered event. Atlas Pizza had a $4 pizza-and-drink promotion that was enjoyed by many spectators, including Leah Delerme, who was finishing a slice while waiting on her daughter to get out of preschool. The series also partnered with retailers for a Mother’s Day sweepstakes, which allowed concertgoers to shop around town and register for drawings at many of the stores.
This was the first time attending the series for Kelly Bodine and Stephanie Delashmit, who work at Full Media on Green Street.
“We were actually at work and ... heard there was a concert so we came down here, ‘cause we love this kind of stuff. I wish they did more of it. Next time we can get the whole group down here. Everything is great — he has a really good voice. I love these types of events that bring the community together.”
The Blue Sky Concert Series is just that — an event to bring the community together and support local businesses. The series continues each Wednesday in May with a different band each week.
The performers for the rest of the month are: May 8, ESP, soft rock; May 15, Monica Spears, contemporary jazz; May 22, Emily Hearn, today’s hits and indie music; May 29, Steve Bryson, country.