Thursday, July 5, 2012
Blues nights begin July 12
By SUE WATSON
The third annual Bikers Night Out/Blues Alley is set to begin Thursday night, July 12, and will continue every Thursday until September 27.
The event, which showcases local entertainers and is free to the public, runs from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. each Thursday unless it rains.
The Holly Springs Main Street Association started the Bikers Night as a way to attract people downtown and showcase local entertainment. Local and out-of-town bikers have been a backbone for the event.
Andy McMillon, president of the Main Street board, said the association is pleased with the attendance and local support for the event, which is believed to be one of the most successful in the city.
“It gives our local talent a stage to perform on so that others can see them,” McMillon said. “It gives people an enjoyable activity on Thursday nights and brings people to the square. And it brings people to Holly Springs who otherwise might not be here and allows our local merchants to have more traffic to sell to.”
Blues night runs entirely on volunteer efforts and in the past all musicians have donated their talents without pay.
Fannie Lampley and Danny Lewis on the promotions committee are in charge of lining up entertainers.
Contact Lampley at 662-252-5269 to provide suggestions or ask to be on stage.
Stage and sound will be provided by Harold Moncrief in conjunction with Rust College radio WURC FM 88.1. Rust College has provided the stage and sound equipment each year and broadcasts live on many Thursday nights from Blues Alley during the season.
Vendors are welcome and may set up on College Avenue for a nominal fee. McMillon said the booth rental space brings in a small amount of money to help fund the program and pay for security.
For further information on Bikers and Blues or to ask to volunteer or provide ideas, contact McMillon at 662-291-4548.
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