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Third Thursday concert series returns

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Third Thursday on Main, Gallatin's free summer concert series, takes place June through September on the city's historic downtown square. SUBMITTED

Third Thursday on Main, the free summer concert series held each year in downtown Gallatin, will kick off its 2017 lineup this week with a performance by The Parks.

Each concert, held on the third Thursday of every month through September, is expected to bring as many as 2,000 people to the square, according to Donna Belote, executive director of Greater Gallatin, which organizes the event.

"We want to bring people downtown, let them see the new stores, try the new restaurants and just have a free evening out," Belote said. "That is what this is all about and families look forward to it each year."

Each performance begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends by 9 p.m. Limited seating will be provided and attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

Additional acts taking part in this year's concert series include Bobby Randall & Friends on July 20; Off Da Hook on Aug. 17; and Eric Heatherly on Sept. 21. Music will range from country, to rock and roll and Motown.

Food and alcohol will be available for purchase each night from downtown restaurants. Other area shops will also be open.

"We have calls all the time from people that want to come in from somewhere else and vend or just get exposure for their business," Belote said. "We don't allow any of that. This was strictly formed to help the downtown merchants."

Parking for Third Thursday on Main is available in the area around the square. Street closures will begin at 5 p.m. and include Public Square and North Water Avenue from Franklin Street to Main Street.

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