Downtown tunes

By Kali Jo Wolkow
Country rockers Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys perform at downtown Lansing\\\'s new MusicFest series this Thursday. Courtesy photo.

First concert of new downtown music series starts Thursday

Tuesday, June 18 — Drag those boots out of the closet this Thursday and saddle up for

some country tunes. On the 200 S. block of Washington Square, a country music lineup consisting of Brenda Loomis and Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys will launch MusicFest, a new series of Thursday night concerts, that will each host a different genre.

Not a country person? Rock, pop, electronic, jazz and blues are yet to come. Local DJ Donnie D will douse the streets with free music and entertainment for six Thursdays between now and Oct. 31, which will host a final string of acts at the closing Halloween Concert Extravaganza. For $5, event-goers (21 and up only) will be able to listen to a variety of local and national musicians from 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

Tom Mayes, the festival organizer, said the MusicFest will provide a duel purpose: Visitors will be able to enjoy live music performances and surrounding restaurants and bars will get a bump in traffic.

Upcoming MusicFest dates are July 25, Aug. 8, Aug. 22, Sept. 26 and Oct.31.

Washington Square MusicFest

200 S Block of Washington Square

6 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Thursday