THE BILLY RIGSBY BAND performed downtown Friday night. A crowd of about 300 enjoyed the third in a series of downtown concerts. Photo courtesy of Heather Gray.
Downtown Cairo continues to be a happening place and that will not change anytime soon, according to Cairo’s new Director of Marketing and Main Street Director Alyssa Blakley.
The threat of a tropical storm and heavy rains may have cut down on the crowd last Friday night for the third in a series of downtown concerts, but Blakley says approximately 300 people took their chances with the weather and came out for a good time.
“I felt it went exceptionally well despite a few hiccups,” Blakley said.
The Main Street director said a last minute scheduling conflict forced a changes in bands and she said thankfully the Billy Rigsby Band was able to come. Blakley said if she had had more time the concert could have been promoted more in advance.
She thanked The Cairo Messenger and the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce for assistance in marketing the concert and she reported that the Cairo Main Street Facebook page is back live.
According to Blakley, the rumor mill had generated tales of the concert being canceled due to the weather which was not true, but she did shift the start time up 30 minutes.
“Everyone raved about the band!” she said.
Now, Blakley is focused on the annual Boo on Broad to be held next Thursday, Oct. 31, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.
“We are encouraging children 12 and under to dress in their Halloween costumes and come downtown for some fun and to Trick or Treat. A number of merchants and businesses are participating and we thank them for that,” the Main Street director said.
Broad Street will be blocked off from Third Avenue NE/NW south to the intersection of Second Ave. SE/M.L. King Jr. Ave. S.W. for Boo on Broad.
“It will be great to see all of the different costumes. It should be a lot of fun,” Blakley said.
Blakley is also in the midst of planning for the annual Mistletoe Market to be held Saturday, Dec. 7. That evening, the fourth of the concert series will be staged and will feature The Tams, beginning at 7 p.m. Throughout the day, the stage will be set up downtown for local performances.
“Music and shopping will be the theme all day in downtown Cairo on Dec. 7. It will be a great way to get into the Christmas spirit,” she said.
The Tams are one of America’s all-time favorite recording acts. World renowned for their special blend of music that makes up the Beach Music sound, the Tams entertain crowds all over the country and the globe. Probably best known for their 1968 gold hit, “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy”, the Tams are celebrating the recent success of their newest single, “Ain”t Nothing Like Shagging”, which reached number 8 on the European charts.
The Tams are a group that has bridged the generations of music. Their unique sound spans all ages, styles and regions.
“We are looking forward to having The Tams perform in downtown Cairo. You will not want to miss this fantastic concert,” Blakley said.
Watch The Messenger for more details and news about the upcoming downtown events.