Times-Tribune Staff Report
It’s time to enjoy free music in downtown London.
Every Thursday June through August, Thursday Night Live will feature a different genre of music from 7-9 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public, and intermissions between bands will feature other local talent, such as dancers. The bands are both local and from out-of-town, and include genres such as blues, jazz, gospel, and classic rock.
This Thursday will feature local groups Jordan Allen and the Bellwethers and Yesterday’s Wine. Jordan Allen and the Bellwethers have a folk rock sound, while Yesterday’s Wine leans more toward classic rock. Members of both groups have attended high school in Laurel County, and Yesterday’s Wine is a group of friends who played together in high school.
According to Thursday Night Live Committee Member Molly Barnett, Thursday Night Live was created in 2005 to bring people downtown and showcase local talent.
“We are blessed with an abundance of local talent,” Barnett said.
Thursday Night Live Chairperson Michael Sliter said Thursday Night Live focuses on local bands, but will also bring in bands from other parts of the country if they have ties to Laurel County or they are a particularly good fit for the event. Sliter said bands typically aren’t featured in back-to-back years, but last year’s success of Sneaky Pete has earned them a repeat performance at the end of June. Sliter said some bands, like Sturgill Simpson, go on to have excellent careers in music.
“We hand-pick artists that are doing exciting things,” Sliter said. These bands are picked from a variety of demos submitted to the Thursday Night Live website, thursdaynightlivedowntown.com/contact-us.
Bands playing at Thursday Night Live get paid, and Sliter said it is a priority to pay bands.
“They’re giving a great concert. They certainly earn their pay,” Sliter said. He added that paying the artists is part of Thursday Night Live’s mission to support local music acts.
In addition to free music, London Downtown will attempt to break the world record for the most honey buns eaten at once. Barnett said the goal was to get 500 people to begin eating their honey buns at the same time. Barnett said this record has not been attempted before. Each person participating must register to confirm that they ate a honey bun, and Barnett said the results will be submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records.
According to Barnett, Flowers Bakery will be donating the honey buns. They produce millions of honey buns annually, and because of that London is known as the home of the honey bun.
“This is a good way to celebrate Flowers Bakery,” Barnett said. “They’re a good partner for Thursday Night Live.”
The average Thursday Night Live audience is around 350 people, according to Sliter. Although the dates have not been set, Thursday Night Live will also feature a kids’ night and visits by UNITE and St. Joseph London as the season continues.
Thursday Night Live schedule
Jordan Allen and the Bellwethers/ Yesterday’s Wine
Laurel River Line/Harpeth Rising
July 3: Eddy Green
July 17: Chad’s Hope/Area Gospel Groups
July 24: Silhouette/The Grand Jury
July 31: C2 and the Brothers Reed/OneWay
Aug. 7: County Wide