Since Third Thursday’s inception in 2008, I made certain the monthly event focused on live music as a part of the gifting of art to the community. From single songwriters to full bands, the eclectic nature was a treasure.
I was very excited to continue to find musical talent each month to share with the community. My only guidelines were that you not overpower another musician where you set up, and to keep your music community friendly. I always tried to be as inclusive as possible, allowing for all styles, tastes in music, and levels of experience. Everyone should have a chance to play if they want to, and everyone should be able to find something to listen to that they enjoy.
If someone didn’t like a particular style or musician, they could just walk a little father and find something they may like more. But the exposure to live music in general was of utmost importance, for people of all ages. For some attendees, this may have been only live music they experienced so far. For some musicians, it was a chance to begin their musical journeys.
One holiday-themed Third Thursday, my then-11-year-old son set up on Main Street and played his entire repertoire of four songs he knew on the trumpet. Over and over and over.
Inside my gallery at the same time, there was a full bluegrass band with years of performing experience. This was the beauty of community: accepting both as a celebration of artistic expression.
Over the years, Third Thursday has hosted national musicians such as David Vidal and The Wandering Madman, to local favorites such as Bob Colladay, Morgan Wilk, The Excuses, Shawn Craver and more. Musicians played mostly in small venues downtown that wanted some musical aspect during Third Thursday or at the park gazebos. The pleasure of walking into a store or eatery that offered some artful sounds was always an important dynamic to the event. Walking along Main Street and hearing the sounds drift towards you, encourages you to follow them to discover who was playing in the next block, or around the corner.
Live music gives you the opportunity to interact with the musicians and those around you. Listening with others builds bonds and conversations. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of this experience.
The tradition of live music continues for September’s Third Thursday on a much larger scale.
This Third Thursday on Sept. 20, the Salt City Music Showcase takes place in Downtown Hutchinson. The music event is being held at four different venues, which will feature four different genres of music. Whether you make it around to experience all the different styles of music, or you only focus on your favorites, you are sure to have a great time listening.
You can experience metal and rock bands, solo singers, Americana and bluegrass, as well as alternative.
Kudos to Hutch Rec, Ad Astra Radio, the participating venues and all the wonderful musicians that are involved this live music event. Many of these bands have played Third Thursday before, and many are new to the event.
Gather more info on Facebook @ThirdThursdayHutch, Instagram @ThirdThursdayKS and on the Third Thursday website, www.thirdthursdayhutch.com