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Let the music play: Sounds of Summer returns Thursday

 

Style will entertain at the first 2018 Sounds of Summer concert at the Columbus Riverwalk Thursday from 7-9 p.m. From left are band members Mike Yates of Kosciusko, Bill Wilkins of Meridian and Amy Moore and Robert Moore of Columbus. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the outdoor event.

Style will entertain at the first 2018 Sounds of Summer concert at the Columbus Riverwalk Thursday from 7-9 p.m. From left are band members Mike Yates of Kosciusko, Bill Wilkins of Meridian and Amy Moore and Robert Moore of Columbus. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the outdoor event.
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Barbara Bigelow

Barbara Bigelow

 

 

Jan Swoope

 

 

More than a decade after it began, the free Sounds of Summer concert series at the Columbus Riverwalk returns for its 11th encore Thursday, June 7, from 7-9 p.m. The series has been named a Top 20 Event for June and July by the Southeast Tourism Society for the past six years. 

 

The band Style launches the 2018 four-part series, which is a collaboration of the Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Columbus. Family-friendly and always lively, outdoor concerts are also scheduled for June 21 with music by Big Hoss and the Little Joes; July 12 with Stormy Monday; and July 26 with The Bouncing Betty.  

 

Vocalist and New Hope native Amy Moore said Style is eager to return to the Sounds of Summer stage. It closed out the 2017 concert series.  

 

Known for a repertoire ranging from the '60s to current hits, the band stays busy playing events and weddings from Jackson to Gulf Shores, Alabama. While two band members live elsewhere, husband and wife Amy and Robert Moore call Columbus home. 

 

"Of all the shows we play there is nothing that compares to being able to play for our hometown, in front of our family and friends and the people who have supported us all along," said Amy Moore. "There's no doubt it's one of the most fun shows we do." 

 

"There is something for everyone at Sounds of Summer," said Barbara Bigelow, Main Street Columbus executive director. "We are so grateful for the opportunity to showcase our community and talent with an event the public enjoys every summer. Bring your family, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and get ready to enjoy local entertainment at its finest." 

 

Sounds of Summer concerts are always free. Food and drink vendors will be on site. Please leave coolers and pets at home. 

 

 

 

Community support 

 

The series is made possible through sponsors and volunteers. CSpire is the keynote presenting sponsor of Sounds of Summer 2018.  

 

Other sponsors are Shelter Insurance John Longmire, PACCAR Engines, Golden Triangle Radiology, Jack's Restaurant, Rex's Rentals, Falcon Lair Apartments, Financial Concepts, BankFirst, Cable One, Mitchell Distributing, Clark Beverage Co, NASH 94.9 and Phillips Contracting. 

 

"We are so appreciative of our business sponsors and volunteers who make this event possible," said Lisa James, Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce president. "We love partnering with Main Street Columbus, our sponsors and volunteers to help deliver quality, family-friendly events to our area year after year." 

 

For more information on Sounds of Summer, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 662-328-4491 or Main Street Columbus at 662-328-6305.

 

Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.

 

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