Thursday Night Live Kicks Off Thursday

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JEFFERSON CITY - Thursday Night Live kicks off Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Jefferson City for the first of five consecutive Thursdays throughout the month of June. This is the fifth consecutive year for Thursday Night Live events. 

Jefferson City Downtown Association President Stephanie Bell said Thursday Night Live is an adult event that is family friendly. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

"People can purchase a wristband and a cup and get an alcoholic beverage from one of our downtown businesses and carry it through the street while they're watching the live performance," Bell said.

The event is free to the public, but wristbands cost $2. Event Coordinator Jill Snodgrass said they use the wristband profits as well as local sponsors to help pay for the event.

"The event is a break-even event, so everything that this event earns goes back into the next one," Snodgrass said.

Three local bands will perform Thursday - Starlight Memories Band, Big House and Birds eYe Blues. Each Thursday in June, different bands will perform. Snodgrass said 65 bands tried out, but only 12 were selected.

"People can pretty much expect their same old favorite night in Downtown Jefferson City to see and be seen," Snodgrass said. 

There will be no chairs or tables at the event this year, so Snodgrass recommends people bring their own chairs. She also said pets, outside beverages, coolers, solicitations, skateboards and bicycles are not allowed at the event.

The 100 and 200 blocks of East High Street and the 200 block of Madison Street will be blocked off for the event. Snodgrass said she expects more than one thousand people to attend. 

"The first event is always the lightest, so I would guess that we'll have a few thousand, but by the beach party, we'll have upwards of seven to ten thousand people," Snodgrass said. 

The beach party is the final Thursday Night Live of the summer, this year held June 26.

Snodgrass said Thursday Night Live received a $10,000 grant from Cole County to run events in the fall as well. 

"We talked to the county about how successful this has been, and how they really do bring people to the area," Snodgrass said, "Specifically, we're targeting visitors in the fall. We're going to have Thursday Night Live the same weekend as the Georgia and Missouri football game."

Snodgrass said she hopes visitors will see Jefferson City as a great place to visit.