UPDATED 9/17: Popular Bradenton street party Get Down Downtown renamed 'Main Street Live'
Bradenton's popular monthly street party Get Down Downtown has been officially renamed Main Street Live and kicks off Sept. 20.
The event will now feature new music acts, fresh vendors from Suncoast Food Trucks, and a food court with more tables in the intersection area across from the Lost Kangaroo Pub.
Rick Willats, manager of O'Brick's, took over for Cork Miller recently as president of the Old Main Street Merchants Association. The organization started Get Down and continues to produce Main Street Live.
"We want to be able to mix up the food with six food trucks at the first event and different ones each month," he said. "We also want to elevate the music here and mix that up, too."
Events will benefit various local organizations including the Manatee Players (Oct. 18), Art Center of Manatee (Nov. 15) and the Women’s Resource Center (Dec. 20).
Main Street Live is 5-10 p.m. every third Thursday on Old Main Street (except for July and August) in downtown Bradenton. There will be vendors selling foods and drinks, arts and crafts and more.
Here's the live music roster through December:
Sept. 20: Soul Purpose
Oct. 18: Lauren Mitchell Band
Blues, Soul, Rock
Nov. 15: Stone Fish
Nov. 21: Glass Onion
The Beatles & Paul McCartney
Dec. 20: Billy Rice Band
Contemporary, Top 40, Country
—Bradenton Herald file photo of Get Down Downtown.