The annual summer rite of Thursday Night Live begins this week at the newly renovated Cheapside Park with music from The Swells, the popular New Orleans-inspired Lexington band, and the featured non-profit organization is Home at Last Animal Sanctuary.
The weekly outdoor festival Thursday Night Live runs 4:30 to 8 p.m. each Thursday, weather permitting, through Oct. 15. Admission is free; drinks and food from local restaurants will be sold.
Learn more at the Downtown Lexington Corp.'s Web site, www.downtownlex.com.
The schedule of live music and featured non-profits booked so far:
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May 14: music by Domino, non-profit LexTran.
May 21: The Big Maracas, AIDS Volunteers of Lexington.
May 28: The Johnson Brothers, Commerce Lexington-Leadership Lexington.
June 4: Kenny Owens, non-profit TBA.
June 11: The City, non-profit TBA.
June 18: Conch Republic, non-profit TBA but the event is called Belle's Birthday Ball, to celebrate the birthday of the famous 19th-century Lexington madam, Belle Brezing.
June 25: Mother Jane, non-profit TBA.
July 2: A beach party with the music of Rob Dread, non-profit TBA.
July 9: Better Off Dead and a pet costume contest, non-profit TBA.
July 16: Rockstars of Soul, non-profit TBA.
July 23: Swing Street, non-profit TBA.
July 30: The Swells Brass Band, non-profit TBA.
Aug. 6: Brother Barrett, non-profit TBA.
Aug. 13: Kenny Owens, non-profit TBA.
Aug. 20: Winner of the new Tuesday Night Live concerts, non-profit TBA. The series will feature a competition of mostly high-school-age bands and will be geared toward the younger-than-21 crowd. Concerts will be every Tuesday in June and July at Cheapside; the folks at Downtown Lexington Corp. are still working on the lineup.
Aug. 27: Johnson Brothers, non-profit TBA.
Sept. 3: Rockhouse, non-profit TBA.
Sept. 10: J.D. Shelburne, non-profit TBA.
Sept. 17: Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, non-profit TBA.
Sept. 24: Zydeco Bon, non-profit TBA.
Oct. 1, 8 and 15: Music and non-profits TBA.