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May 1, 2013

Downtown - After 5 Alive concludes Thursday

MERIDIAN —     The final concert in the Downtown - After 5 Alive spring series is set for Thursday at Dumont Plaza on 22nd Avenue in downtown Meridian.

    The season finale follows last Thursday's concert that featured Canton blues singer and harmonica player Grady Champion. The Champion concert was the biggest to date with an estimated crowd of over 750. The crowd was augmented by the 200-plus attendees at the Mississippi Young Professional's Summit held last week at the MSU Riley center.

    This week's featured performers are local artists Amy Lott & the Usual Suspects. Not only does Lott bring with her over a decade of performance experience, she continues to surprise audiences with her multi-instrumental versatility, event organizers said.

    According to Meridian Main Street Executive Director, John McClure, the Usual Suspects are made up of a large all-star cast.

    "Some of the top performers in our area will be taking the stage with Amy Lott," McClure said. "All have performed with her in the past and we're excited to bring them to our stage."

    The performers include Patrice Moncell, Steve Watson, David Zettler, Tommy Ethridge, Richelle Putnam, Britt Gully, Timmy Segars, Al Brown, Tony Pasko, Tom Ravinsky, Bubba Hampton, Manny Mitchell, James Edwards, and many more.

    McClure said this week's concert is the make-up performance for the April 11 concert, which was canceled because of weather concerns.

    Leesa Harris, event chair, said sponsors helped make the event possible.

    "We owe a debt of gratitude to Beyond Capital Financial Management, our presenting sponsor, for the series, as well as to our weekly sponsor for this week's concert, Structural Steel Services Inc. Their support enables us bring this great live music to our community," Harris said.

    The Downtown - After 5 Alive series provides the residents of the Meridian area with the opportunity to enjoy a weekly, family-oriented, free mini-festival event thanks to Meridian Main Street. The Downtown - After 5 Alive spring series has featured concerts on consecutive Thursdays throughout April at Dumont Plaza in downtown Meridian. The events have lasted from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and have featured local and regional artists and musicians headlining the events.

    "This is the last concert for the spring series," McClure said. "So join Meridian Main Street, especially if you have not yet done so, this Thursday for a night of fun, entertainment, and good food. Admission is free."  

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