SCOTTSBLUFF — The City of Scottsbluff and the Downtown Scottsbluff Association have launched a new six-week summer concert series, which begins July 4 and runs through Aug.8.

The music event will take place Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the 18th Street Plaza.

The series is family friendly and will feature local and regional artists, Angela Kembel, owner of Cappuccino and Company, said.

“I think it will be a huge success,” Kembel said. “The artists will be varied, so there is something for everybody.”

The series will showcase bluegrass, country, pop and rock music.

“Four weeks of the series will feature local bands,” Kembel said. “We wanted to highlight our local talent.”

During the first Bands of Broadway, Kembel said there will be a kids parade beforehand. Parents and their children are encouraged to decorate their bicycles, wagons and strollers in a patriotic theme. Katie Bradshaw with the Midwest Theater plans to paint a bicycle course in the plaza for the children to ride around in for the grand opening. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. and will begin at Broadway and 19th Street and goes down to 17th Street before the children turn around and come back to 19th Street.

As the city and downtown association make the final arrangements for the first event, Kembel said they are still looking for sponsors.

“We are looking for corporate sponsors, which is at the $3,000,” Kembel said. “That enables us to cover the cost of the bands and stage.”

The public is encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit on during the evening. There will also be food trucks at the event. Alcohol will also be available for purchase, but Kembel noted no outside drinks will be allowed.

The July 4 event will feature Area 308 and Victory Underground. July 11 features Avid Dischord and Roger Dodger. July 18 features The Greendales and 5 To Life. July 25 features New Wave Time Machine and Loaded Dice. Aug. 1 features Southern Fryed and Aug. 8 features the Michelle Sarah Band.

Bands on Broadway merchandise is also being created and will be available for purchase. T-shirts include the Bands on Broadway logo, seen on the Facebook page, and can be purchased by contacting Starr Lehl. Pre-orders are taking place and proceeds support future Bands on Broadway concerts. To order a shirt, contact Lehl at slehl@scottsbluff.org.

For more information about sponsoring or volunteering for the event, visit the Bands on Broadway Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bandsonbroadway.

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Lauren Brant is a reporter with the Star-Herald and the Gering Courier. Contact her at 308-632-9043 or by email at lauren.brant@starherald.com.

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