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Main Street Music series to highlight local talent

By George Mattingly
On April 4, 2013

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Local musicians will showcase their talent to the Huntsville community in the semi-annual Main Street Music Series, which will kick off on Friday.

Hosted by the City of Huntsville Main Street Program, the series will run from April 5- May 10 with two performances every Friday and will feature a wide variety of local artists and music including folk, indie, rock, country and blues.

Local groups The Antemeers and The Gypsy Davies will open the series with performances at 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. respectively.

According to Kim McAuliffe, Main Street coordinator, the music series grew from the community’s interest in hearing local talent.

"We started [the music series] last semester because a lot of people wanted to hear live music in Huntsville and we wanted to showcase that here," McAuliffe said.

This year the series will include 12 performances with returning groups as well as new groups including The Last Great Assault, The Broken Hinges and The Shades, among others.

McAuliffe said the series is a chance to recognize local talent, a part of Huntsville that often goes unnoticed in the community.

"It’s important to support local artists because they are unique to Huntsville and a lot of people don’t know of the talent we have here," McAuliffe said. "We have a variety of talent and each is so different so that’s what I want people to see when they come to the concerts."

In addition to music, attendees will also have a chance experience all of Huntsville with the chance to win gift certificates to local businesses, t-shirts and other prizes in a raffle, and visit Downtown shops that will be open late for the concerts.

McAuliffe said the goal of this year’s music series is to raise awareness of local artists with more attendees and encourages everyone to attend.

"It’s gives students something fun to do with friends on the weekend and it’s free," she said.

All the performances in the series are free and will be held at the Walker County Courthouse lawn. For more information, call McAuliffe at 936-291-5920.

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