DANVILLE – Music will echo through downtown Danville when the CellularOne Summer Sounds concert series kicks off at 6 p.m. today in Temple Plaza, at the corner of Vermilion and North streets.
A partnership between Downtown Danville Inc. and AMBUCS, the free six-concert series will feature several different types of music, thanks to the support of area business sponsors.
This year's presenting sponsor is CellularOne, which plans to hold text-messaging contests during the band breaks among other activities.
"It's become the anticipation of the summer, and something people expect. That's exactly what we wanted," said Peter Blackmon, a Downtown Danville board member, who's been involved in the event since its inception. "This is the 11th year. We started this thing in the ruins of the Kresge lot ... and now we have a few hundred people coming. That's been a nice thing to watch."
Blackmon said the bands are diverse in musical styles, and should appeal to a wide range of people. One (Goodfellas) is local, another (Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe) comes from New Orleans.
"We like to bring back favorites, but we also like to change it up. We try to push the boundaries," he said.
This year's lineup is:
May 30: Goodfellas, rock and blues.
June 13: Elsinore, rock.
June 27: The Dirty Rooks, classic rock and blues.
July 11: Mike Ingram and Kayla Brown with full band, rock.
July 25: Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe, zydeco.
Aug. 8: Duke Tumatoe, rock, rhythm and blues.
County Market will sell food this year, offering a variety of items in its first year as the food vendor. Beverages are from Earl Gaudio & Son with beers, specialty drinks, tea, water and soft drinks available.
At each concert, the band performs from 6 to 8 p.m., although food and beverages will be available at 5 p.m. The bands also perform a second show later in the evening at Gino's Place at the Days Inn, 77 N. Gilbert St. in Danville. Gino's is also the location of the 6 p.m. show, if weather prevents it from being held outdoors.
All profits from the concert series are split between to the two nonprofit groups that sell the sponsorships and provide the volunteers for the events.