Tuesdays on Main returns next week

Published 10:36 am Tuesday, May 28, 2013

With some big improvements in place, Austin’s newest block party is about to turn 2.

The Austin Downtown Alliance’s Tuesdays on Main will start its second year Tuesday, June 4, with three blocks of entertainment, live music every week, and a beer garden most weeks.

“People are psyched,” said Kiersten Hall, one of the event’s organizers and founders. “Excitement has been building up.”

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Now, if the forecast will just cooperate, she says.

“I’ve been checking the 10-day forecast, and so far it’s holding steady,” she said. “That’s the biggest thing.”

Tuesdays on Main — located on Main Street between Fourth Avenue and Second Avenue — is a weekly summer party from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring about 35 vendors, shopping, food, street performers, live music, other entertainment mirroring Rochester’s Thursdays on First, and new this year, a beer garden.

Hall said people she talked to suggested the beer garden, which is run by the Austin Jaycees. If it goes well, she said, they may try something similar to what Thursdays on First does for alcohol.

While live bands start at 5 p.m., vendors may start as early as 4, and the party could go later than 8 if it’s still hopping. Many businesses on Main Street will stay open later during the event, too.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Hall, adding that all are welcome, from families and children to young adults and seniors. “If you have a heartbeat, come to Tuesdays on Main.”

The first Tuesdays on Main, which is June 4, will feature almost 50 vendors, and live adult contemporary music by the Parks & Kleist Band. The second week features country group The Robin Breeze Band, the third party features jazz by D’Sievers, and the event rounds out June with a teen night and live music from rock group Eden.

For more on Tuesdays on Main, go to downtown

austinmn.com, or for daily updates, go to www.facebook.com/AustinMainstreetMarket.


Tuesdays on Main

When: 5-8 p.m.

Weekly, June 4-Aug. 27

Where: Main Street between Fourth Avenue and Second Avenue


June 4: Adult contemporary group the Parks & Kleist Band

June 11: Country group The Robin Breeze Band

June 18: Jazz group D’Sievers

June 25: “Teen night” featuring rock group Eden

July 2: Gospel/country/ blues group Annie Mack Blues

July 9: “Remembering the 50s, 60s and 70s” featuring rock/soul group After School Special

July 16: Rockabilly group Lost Faculties

July 23: “Halloween in July” featuring “Monster Mashing” with Tom & Soundtronic Productions, and magician William Bradshaw

July 30: Hard rock/90s grunge group A Band Since Tuesday

Aug. 13: The Parks & Kleist Band

Aug. 20: “Ladies Night Out” featuring jazz group Swing Street Band

Aug. 27: The DC Drifters