It might be hard to find an event with more buzz next month than the one the Garner Revitalization is planning.
Each year, the Garner Revitalization Association hosts its outdoor concert series, “Downtown Sounds,” where it invites bands to perform on the back lawn of GPAC. The event spans a couple of months and is free to the public.
This year it’ll be different.
Still free, the GRA will combine the concert series with a food truck rodeo. There will be eight food trucks, two craft breweries and at least three bands playing live music. It will be a one-day event, unlike previous years, where the town had a concert series that spanned for months, said John Hodges, assistant town manager.
The GRA raised sponsorship dollars to pay for the bands.
Hodges said the town’s first food truck rodeo in October was so popular that people were requesting they bring it back. One of the missions of the revitalization association is to attract people to the historic downtown. And the event did just that.
The food truck rodeo brought out a couple thousand people to the downtown area in a four-hour span. Many folks expressed interest in bringing their businesses to downtown.
At the same time, the concert series wasn’t seeing many gains in attendance, so they decided to combine the two.
“When you have that kind of success with a one-day event, we decided we should use that format for the Downtown Sounds event and combine what would have been a series of three or four concerts into a one-day event,” Hodges said.
“For us as an organization, it made more sense to consolidate resources to make a single day event so we have a bigger event we can market the event and get the word,” GRA president Patrick Byrd said.
Byrd said he hopes that by consolidating the two events an even larger crowd will turn out.
“It’s going to be an awesome event,” he said. “It’s a free event. Live music, local craft beer and a food truck rodeo all wrapped into one. So you can’t go wrong at that type of event.”
The affair will be on June 7 from noon to 6 p.m. in the back lawn of GPAC and is open to the public.
Who will be there?
Bands: Spare Change, Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboy Band, Nick Driver.
Food trucks: Ty’s All Natural, The Humble Pig, Stuft, King’s Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks, Cj’s Steetfood, D’Burritos, Dusty Donuts, Jam Ice Cream
Breweries: Nickelpoint Brewing Co. (Raleigh), Double Barley Brewing (Smithfield)