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Sunset on the Square celebrates 25th year

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell reads a proclamation last week honoring the 25th Year of Main Street Collierville’s Sunset on the Square summer concert series.

Every Thursday night throughout the summer, thousands of people flock to Collierville Town Square to sit back and listen to music as the sun sets over downtown Collierville. Celebrating their 25th year of the Summer Concert Series, Main Street Collierville’s Sunset on the Square has become one of the time-honored traditions of a Collierville summer.

“I look forward to meeting new friends and visiting with old friends on the Best Main Street in America,” said Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner, a regular at the Sunset on the Square.

To kick off the 25th season of Sunset on the Square on June 2, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell presented a proclamation to Laura Todd, Director of Main Street Collierville, stating the unique authenticity of Collierville with its small town roots and fostered community spirit.

Senator Mark Norris, Mayor Stan Joyner and Town Administrator James Lewellen were also in attendance to share their support for the concert series. Mayor Joyner recognized a couple in the crowd, Chester and Artie Jean Webb, who have been attending the summer concerts for the past 25 years.

 

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell reads a proclamation last week honoring the 25th Year of Main Street Collierville’s Sunset on the Square summer concert series.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell reads a proclamation last week honoring the 25th Year of Main Street Collierville’s Sunset on the Square summer concert series.

 

“We used to dance in the street while the musicians played from a bandstand,” said Artie Jean Webb. “There were about six or seven couples who were there with us.” The Webbs, and their friends, still sit together and dance during the performances; the couple received local online fame in 2015 while dancing in this video with almost 20,000 views: facebook.com/townofcollierville/videos.

Started in 1991 by Main Street Collierville, the summer concert series was created to bring community awareness to downtown Collierville. The series has grown into a “signature event” for Collierville residents and visitors bringing an average of 2,000 attendees to each concert.

Since 2000, there have been 123 concerts drawing over 210,000 people to Town Square.

“The promotional event showcases our Historic District as a destination and serves as an economic development tool for retail businesses and restaurants,” said Laura Todd.

Collierville’s downtown has received national accolades over the past few years, including Parade Magazine’s “Best Main Street in America” and most recently “Most Romantic Main Street” by the National Main Street Center.

The series is coordinated by a Summer Concert Committee that is made up of Main Street Collierville Board members, staff and volunteers. In 2015, the committee worked over 1,000 hours planning and hosting the concerts. This summer, there will be eight weeks of Thursday night concerts at 7 p.m. on Collierville Town Square.

American Blues artist Blind Mississippi Morris, will make the stage on June 9 for the Main Street Collierville Sunset on the Square Summer Concert Series. Born in Clarksdale, Miss., Morris lost his sight at the age of four, but that did not stop him from learning the blues.

He is the very embodiment of the Delta bluesman and has been rated one of the 10 best harmonica players in the world by Bluzharp magazine.

“Main Street Collierville is excited to have Blind Mississippi Morris return to perform for our summer Concerts” said Todd.

The concert is from 7-9 p.m. No pets or alcohol allowed. The park is handicapped accessible. For additional information log on to Main Street Collierville’s website www.mainstreetcollierville.org or follow us on facebook.

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