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First Friday Concerts set for Monroe

MONROE - Downtown Monroe will host The Sensational Sounds of Motown on Friday, June 6, at 7 p.m. on the Walton County Historic Courthouse lawn.

The Sounds of Motown, from Athens, are the second band to perform at the Monroe Downtown Development Authority's First Friday Concert Series this summer.

On the first Friday of every month from May to September, the DDA will welcome a different musical act to perform on the courthouse lawn. Admission is free. The Tams performed on May 2 to a crowd of over 1,000 people.

The rest of the summer will bring the Walnut Grove Bluegrass Band on July 4, the Kinchafoonee Cowboys on Aug. 1, and the Swingin' Medallions on Sept. 5.

"The concerts are just going to get bigger and better as the summer progresses," Concert Event Chair Michele Thrasher said.

Several Downtown Monroe restaurants, including The Blue Marley Café, The Butcher Block Deli & Grill, CCS Fresh Seafood Market, Monroe Recreation Parlor and Café, Nature's Magik Garden, SD Smokehouse and Twisted Oak Woodfire Grill, have created take-out menus especially for concert-goers. Boxed dinners can be preordered, picked up, and transported to the lawn to be enjoyed there.

VIP tables near the stage are also available for $150 and seat up to eight people.

The Monroe Downtown Development Authority serves to revitalize and promote Downtown Monroe, a historic community between Athens and Atlanta. The revitalized downtown features loft living, a boutique hotel, spas, unique shops, and southern hospitality.

This Downtown Development Authority focuses on helping this area remain a dynamic and inviting place to live, work and play.

For more information, to reserve a VIP table or to request menus from Downtown restaurants, contact DDA Coordinator Ansley Holder at 770-266-5331 or aholder@monroega.gov.

Also visit the DDA Web site at www.monroedowntown.com for more information about the First Friday Concerts and other Downtown Monroe events.