By Mark Jordan
Even before she signed on to head the Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce two years ago, Susan Fernandez was a fan of the group's "Sunset on the Square" concert series held on the courthouse lawn in the town square.
"I've always brought my family," says executive director Fernandez. "It's still nice to get out there. My kids come, and they like to play. They get up there to dance. They love to sit right in the very front. It's very loud, and I'm like, OK. But they just have a good time. They get mesmerized by the music, and I think it's great exposure for them."
"Sunset on the Square" returns for its fourth season this Thursday. The free concerts are 7-9 p.m. every Thursday in June.
Kicking off this year's series will be Angela Thomas Acoustic. Featuring lead singer Thomas and guitarist Scott Phillip Stephen Smith, the duo play folk versions of a wide range of songs by Adele, Foo Fighters, Aerosmith and more.
Other concerts in the Hernando series include:
June 13: Rock quartet the Kid Ego Band, whose covers include songs by the Beatles and Gnarls Barkley.
June 20: Clarksdale bluesman David Dunavent and his band Evol Love.
June 27: Mid-South soul staples Erek Stone & the Fabulous Steeler Band.
"Sunset on the Square" is not the only music series in DeSoto County, not even the only one on Thursday nights. In Olive Branch the free Hootenanny Hoedowns, a more informal gathering of acoustic players on the streets of Old Towne, continues from 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, also through the end of the month.
But the Hernando series differs in providing a more professional music experience with a wider variety of music.
"We like to expose people to the different kinds of music out there," says Fernandez. "All year round we have people who ask us, 'Will you consider us next year?' and I literally keep a folder with those bands and go through them with our headline sponsor First Tennessee. We just whittle it down from there and try to do different people each year to give different exposure to different folks who are local. We like to give local people the opportunity first."
Fernandez says "Sunset on the Square" draws on average 500 people a night. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnics are allowed. And if you forget or just don't have time to pack a meal, Fernandez says there are plenty of food options nearby, including Papa John's Pizza, Scotty's Smokehouse, and Repicci's Italian Ice on site as well as the restaurants around the square.
Sunset on the Square
When: 7-9 p.m. every Thursday in June
Where: The courthouse lawn, downtown Hernando
More info: hernandoms.org or call 662-429-9055
Originally published by Mark Jordan Special to DeSoto Appeal .
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