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Swells to kick off Thursday Night Live

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,

The schedule of live music and featured non-profits booked so far:

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.