Friday, September 14, 2012

UPDATED 9/17 Bradenton's Get Down Downtown now 'Main Street Live' with food trucks

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
Reggae, Rock

Oct. 18: Lauren Mitchell Band

Blues, Soul, Rock

Nov. 15: Stone Fish
Rock, Folk-Rock

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.


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Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun, but how does it benefit the existing businesses that sell food, drink etc. who have invested their presence down there. Let give them first dibs!

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Can't we give the food trucks somewhere to hook up to electricity, or make them move the generators waaaay far away from the street? They are probably fine in a parking lot, but all lined up, right next to the street where the people are, they're far too noisy.