Downtown Live reaches new levels of popularity
The band begins their sound check as the lines begin to form in front of the food trucks. An English bulldog finds a comfortable spot on the grass as a vendor sets up a table of jewelry. A family of five finds the perfect vantage point to spread the quilt that serves as their picnic blanket. Downtown Live is kicking off the concert season and all is well with the world in downtown Longview.
“As a musician, playing Downtown Live is a fun way to spend a Friday evening with a lively, appreciative audience in a fantastic outdoor venue,” Dagnabbit’s Johnny Griffith said.
“It also offers bands an opportunity to gain exposure to new audiences as a broad cross-section of people come out to enjoy the family friendly event. As Downtown Live has grown, since its inception, Longview Main Street has worked with the local and regional bands performing to ensure that we enjoy the experience as much as the audience.”
Downtown Live at Five began in March 2012 as an outdoor concert series at Heritage Plaza created by Longview Main Street and One Hundred Acres of Heritage. Community sponsorships also help make it possible. Each concert is free to the public.
“Downtown Live is definitely an asset to Longview as it greatly enhances the sense of community, helps expose people to local music, arts, and food, as it additionally gives people another draw to the evolving downtown area.”
The event kicks off at 5 p.m. each Friday with food, beverages and shopping. By 5:30 p.m. the featured band is playing live music from the corner of Methvin and Green Street. Past bands have included Dagnabbit, Jonathan Terrell, Noonday and the Cody Wayne Band.
“As a fan of live music, Downtown Live is a great place to catch local bands for free as well as enjoy an evening outdoors with the family and up to a couple hundred of your neighbors. In addition to great music, arts & crafts vendors, and local food trucks, you’re a short walk away from restaurants, museums and other attractions downtown you can visit while you’re out.”
With the addition of food trucks in 2016, Downtown Live has reached new levels of popularity. The crowd size is pushing 300 people and it is continuing to grow. Construction of a new permanent stage will further enhance the outdoor space.