First on Front concert series to return in Monett
First State Bank to again host 3 summer Friday shows
First State Bank of Purdy has announced plans to sponsor a second year of First on Front Street concerts at the Jerry D. Hall Memorial Pavilion in the Glen and Sharon Garrett Park on Front Street in Monett, between Fourth and Fifth streets.
Like the 2018 series, First State will host a live outdoor music concert on the first Friday of the month in May, June and July, beginning at 6 p.m. on each occasion. Three bands will play at each event. All three will have live broadcasts by a different radio station.
“We had a lot of fun last year, and are excited to bring this event series back to downtown Monett," said Amanda Lee, coordinator for the concerts for First State Bank. "When we planned the events for last year, there was a lot of excitement but still a lot of unknowns in our first year. Now that we have seen the community come out, enjoy being downtown and enjoy the events, we are excited more than ever to bring First on Front back in 2019. Our band line up is incredible, and we are planning on a great series."
The schedule begins on May 3, opening with The Pretty Lonesome, the husband and wife duo of Brendan and Chelsea Roberson from Springfield, specializing in "pretty country songs"; country musicians Jake Stringer and Better Than Nothin', featuring Stringer and band members Zach Mourning, Cody Stanford, Bud Whitledge and Mike Muhlenbruch, from Springfield; and local favorites the Mark Chapman Band from Pierce City.
The second concert on June 7 will kick off with Route 3, a bluegrass quartet playing in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas; Dawson Hollow, an indie folk band from the Ozarks Mountains; and the rock band The Dirty Saints, featuring band members Jeff Ward, Scot Henry, Dirk Allmon, Kelly Bowman, Richard Kittleman and Rus Weatherby.
The full line-up for the final concert on July 5 has not yet been announced. Singer/songwriter Hunter Hathcoat from Ellington will start the music, followed by the duo Makenna Sullinger and Brock Wade, rock-driven country artists from Springfield.
As with last year, a half-hour break is planned between sets at each concert, giving those attending a chance to visit downtown stores staying open late to offer specials.
Food trucks are welcome to participate. They can again set up on Front Street and Fifth Street. Food truck operators interested in participating can contact Angi Vanderbol at First State Bank at 417-235-6100 or visit the bank website at www.fsb-purdy.com.
Live on-site remote broadcasts of the concerts are planned by KIX Radio in May, The Outlaw 101.3 in June, and KRMO/KKBL in July.
“It is so humbling to see so many people gather downtown at the Glen and Sharon Garrett downtown park,” said Shelby McCaffrey, community banker and granddaughter of Glen and the late Sharon Garrett. "It is even more special to know that this is the vision my grandma Sharon had for downtown, and it is overwhelming to see the community come out and support these events."