ANDERSON — Instead of residents going to Noblesville or Indianapolis to get their entertainment, Anderson’s Parks and Recreation Department is trying to get people downtown.
Friday Night Jam Session is a new event that offers live, local entertainment to the people of Anderson. From now until Aug. 15, bands will be featured from 7 to 10 p.m. every Friday at the Dickmann Town Center Park at 12th and Meridian streets.
The purpose is to offer entertainment locally for people who may not be able to get out of town or may want to stay in town and listen to music, Parks and Recreation Superintendent Stephon Blackwell said.
The idea is to offer entertainment and drive customers to restaurants and businesses downtown, something a lot of other cities already do.
“We didn’t reinvent the wheel, we just saw an opportunity,” Blackwell said. “There’s always the complaint that there’s nothing to do. I thought this was one way to bring entertainment locally.”
Food trucks will be at the event each week, and Blackwell said he’s working on having a few microbreweries attend, as well. None of the breweries are confirmed for any of the concerts this year, but if it doesn’t happen in the 2014 season, he hopes some will attend next summer.
Karma opened the series last week, and the Martha Green Project will take the stage tonight.
Soul Street Band, the Toy Factory, Pack of Chihuahuas and the Martha Green Project are scheduled for July 25, Aug. 1, 8 and 15, respectively.
Blackwell said even more bands may be added to the list.
Singer Martha Green said she feels honored to be part of a new event that supports the arts and adds culture to Anderson.
The band will play a lot of hits that baby boomers will recognize, she said.
Green, who works at Anderson Public Library, said she understands the importance of having an event to bring people downtown.