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Free Oswego Summer Concert Series Proposed for Main Street

Feb 17, 2015 07:43PM ● By Steven Jack

Oswego Beats and Eats may move from Prairie Point Park to downtown Oswego this summer. (Photo courtesy of the Beats and Eats Facebook page)

Main Street in downtown Oswego could be the scene of a free Saturday night concert series this summer. 

Oswego Beats and Eats organizer Macey Brooks is proposing to move his yearly one-day concert that has previously taken place in Prairie Point Park to Main Street and spreading out the musical entertainment over three different nights during the summer. The series would be scheduled in conjunction with Market on Main Street antique market events.

“Besides being fun, our well-managed events provide a host of economic and social benefits to our community,” said the village’s Community Relations Manager Michele Brown in a memo to Village Board trustees. “Marrying a day of good music with local business opportunity and gourmet cuisine add to our tourism interest and boost our economy.”

Proposed dates for the concerts are Saturdays, May 30, July 25, and Aug. 29. Each evening will highlight a different genre of music, including a rock, roots and Americana night, country/bluegrass night and a mixed genre night. The concerts would begin at 4 p.m. and include three to four bands each evening. 

Logistical plans call for the stage at Main and Jefferson streets, backing up to the Oswego Public Library. The Jefferson to Jackson Street block would be used for seating and food and alcohol vendors. The block from Jackson to Washington Street would be used for the Market on Main. 

“I think the most exciting aspect of this is that the downtown merchants are very excited to work on this,” Brown said. 

The total cost of the series would be about $30,000. Brooks is seeking $10,000 from the village to help pay for logistics, including fencing, staging, lighting and port-a-potties. Brown said the money would come from the village’s Visitors Bureau funding in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget that will be voted upon by trustees by May 1. 

“Due to the new format, which will highlight our downtown businesses as well as offer a free community event for local residents, the Community Relations Department feels that it meets the department’s goals,” Brown said in her memo.

Village Board trustees discussed the proposal at their Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday evening with all who spoke supporting the proposal.