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Outdoor concerts planned for Thayer

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Good Times Sports Bar and Grill is getting ready for, well, some good times within the next month.

The Thayer City Council, earlier this month, agreed to try out Jim Green's idea and see how it goes. Green is the owner of the restaurant, and his idea is to invite all sorts of local bands to Thayer to perform outdoor concerts to attract more visitors to the downtown area.

Green said although he is still trying to iron out the details with the city, Chestnut Street will be blocked off during the event, which will be from about 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

A trailer type stage will be placed at the bottom of the hill and people will gather uphill to see the performances. "They'll be playing facing upstreet," Green said. He said throughout the evening there will be five to six bands of mixed genre play some tunes. "It'll be varied. There'll be all different types (of music)," Green said.

This event is likely to draw a crowd. Green said the Thayer Police Department will be on hand for safety purposes, and Green and his crew will handle the cleanup afterwards. "I'll appreciate the help of the police department to do everything they can do to make (the event) go right," Green said.

The first major band Green said he plans to invite is Loosely Tight, a band from Arizona that regularly plays in Branson. In the '70s, the band opened for Aerosmith, Van Halen, REO, Eddie Money and other big names. Their song, "These Walls Between," was in the 2009 film, "The Messenger." Another song, "Bombs Away," was in the 2008 Mike Meyers film, "The Love Guru." Loosely Tight also won the California World Music Festival and was signed to Capital Records.

Green said he is planning a tentative date of Aug. 15 for the event. Along with the bands, he said he is planning for food concessions to also be available.

If successful, Green said the event will be held the first Saturday of every month.

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