Hey Tuscaloosa: Ready for more Live at the Plaza?

05 Jul 2015

Last month’s series of free outdoor concerts every Friday night at Tuscaloosa’s Government Plaza proved so successful, organizers are planning another series for July.

Tuscaloosa’s Government Plaza will be the site of free concerts every Friday night in July (beginning on July 10) from 6 to 8 p.m. The downtown park, located behind City Hall, is the perfect location for this kind of community event, according to Tuscaloosa City Councilman Matt Calderone.

“The whole goal was to have a really fun, organic effort to bring a cultural element to downtown Tuscaloosa,” Calderone said.

July 10th will be a Motown jam at the Plaza, featuring the local band Tekneek. Expect a bit of Motown, some jazz and some great R&B tunes.

Calderone indicated that if the June Live at the Plaza events succeeded, more events would be planned – and that’s precisely what happened. Crowds grew with each Friday concert.

"We had a lot of positive feedback and overwhelming community support," he said. "There was no question that this would continue - it was just a matter of when."

Concert-goers will be allowed to bring alcohol to the events.

“Anyone attending can bring a beverage of their choice, so long as it stays within Government Plaza and it’s only consumed during the time of the festival,” Calderone said.

Calderone said the idea for the concert series came from meeting with everyone from downtown business owners to constituents and friends.

“People wanted something to do downtown that was a little different. They wanted to enjoy our Plaza, which is a really nice green space, and we wanted to find a consistent way to bring some more life to downtown.”

Live at the Plaza is being financed entirely through private donations. No city funds are being used for the initiative, according to Calderone.

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