Big Mike & the HartBeats

Big Mike & the HartBeats perform at a recent First Friday. Courtesy of Carol Garsten


This month’s First Friday event is being promoted as “Band Jam – 12 Bands, 3 Hours.” The festivities are set to run 6-9 p.m. Friday in the downtown triangle along First, Main and State streets.

“These fabulous community musicians come out to play for the sheer joy of playing music in their community,” said First Friday co-organizer Carol Garsten, owner of Nature Gallery on State Street.

Musical styles cover a wide variety of genres: rock ’n’ roll, jazz, country, folk and even oompah.

“There’s music for everyone from teenagers to octogenarians,” Garsten said.

First Friday is a monthly event aimed at attracting more business downtown. The evenings feature extended hours at stores, special promotions and live entertainment.

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