Los Carleenos and Hickman to open Main Street Music on May 15

Please note that due to the inclement weather tonight’s Main Street Music will be at Poplar Hall, 308 N. Main Street, Farmville Downtown.

Local flavor meets regional rock, jazz, blues, and bluegrass when Main Street Music takes over Crute Stage in Farmville Downtown on May 15th. A production of Farmville Downtown Partnership, the concert series is opening its second season with favorites Los Carleenos, Gary Hickman Band, and Sean Kimmel, plus special appearances by belly dancers Ashley “Hoopgirl” Russell and Amena Sims.

Main Street Music became a monthly “must do” in 2013 for music lovers of all ages throughout the greater Farmville area. The series has been organized by a committee of the Farmville Downtown Partnership (FDP) and is being sponsored this year by WFLO; Mainly Clay; Real Living Cornerstone; Virginia Credit Union; Fourth Street Motor Company; and Terri Atkins Wilson, Attorney & Counselor-at-Law.

“We’re very focused on the cultural enrichment of Farmville,” said Spencer Conover of Hampden-Sydney College, chair of FDP’s Main Street Music committee. “For example, our lineup this season is diverse and features local and regional talent. We’ve got bands coming from all across the Heart of Virginia, the Commonwealth, and from as far away as Jacksonville, Florida.” Even as the music series reaches beyond Southside Virginia, Conover is quick to point out, “we’re kicking off the season with a showcase of some of Farmville’s best talent.”

“I’m especially excited to hear Gary Hickman’s band,” Conover said. “You don’t get many chances to hear Gary’s music because whether he’s hosting the show at his shop, working the soundboard or setting up the stage at a show. He’s always the man behind the music.”.

A central figure in our local music scene, Hickman has put together a real Farmville super-group for this show, according to Conover. “He called a bunch of his friends from other area bands and asked if they’d come play his songs with him,” he added. “Gary is really good, so it’s going to be special to hear his music and see him open for his close friends in Los Carleenos.”

In addition to music, concert goers will be able to enjoy locally sourced foods prepared on site by The Café at Poplar Hall.

“Whenever I’m in Richmond or other cities, I love to grab a meal at places like Ellwood Thompson’s or food co-ops that have local, seasonal food on their buffet lines,” Conover explained. “I told my fellow Main Street Music organizer, Allison Crews, about this, and she recruited Chas Stetson, head Chef of the Café at Poplar Hall, to come out and cook for us.”

Main Street Music is a family-friendly event with special activities for kids. Whether they like to blow bubbles, dress up for rock-star photos, play games, or make crafts, there will be some fun things for them to do.

“When it gets too hot for the little ones,” Conover said, “the High Bridge Railroad Club will be open under the stage.” The “under Crute Stage” location for the toy train layout gives music fans a taste of Farmville’s transportation heritage and allows the club’s members the chance to share toy train collecting with a new generation of hobbyists.

“So bring your blankets and chairs, stretch out in the grass, grab some dinner, and enjoy the music for three hours every month,” Conover said. “Because of the generosity of our sponsors, the concerts are free for the community. We are receiving amazing support for this second season.”

Main Street Music concerts are the third Thursday of each month May through September. The concerts begin at 6 pm and run until 9. For more information on Main Street Music or Farmville Downtown Partnership, please contact Executive Director Helen Person at 434-392-3060 or director@downtownfarmville.com. The 501c3 not-for-profit organization’s website is www.farmvilledowntown.com.