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Posted on: July 14, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Sounds at Sundown closes banner year

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July 14, 2016

Sounds at Sundown closes out most-successful season

MURPHY (July 14, 2016) The number of Murphy residents who attend each of the concerts offered during the Sounds at Sundown series, often in the company of neighbors, friends and family, continues to grow, and this year was no exception.

"They know that parking will be free, convenient and safe,” says Special Events Coordinator Kayla McFarland. “They know the venue will be clean and the grass will be mowed. They know the band will be professional and entertaining. They know they can bring a picnic dinner or purchase tasty food from vendors. And, they know they can enjoy the evening’s event at no cost.”

The 2016 edition of Sounds at Sundown featured an extra pair of concerts over last year’s lineup, boosting overall attendance numbers to a new high. The diverse variety of musical acts presented was also reinforced due to the additional concert nights. “We always say there’s something for everyone’s tastes, but that was never more true than this year,” said McFarland.

While the first of the five scheduled concert nights was delayed a week because of rain, all five bands got to display their talents to the delight of the ever-increasing crowds. Local bands Pearl Gem, Le Freak, Prophets and Outlaws, Memphis Soul and the Emerald City Band formed the bill of fare for the 2016 edition of the series, providing a wide and eclectic variety of styles and genres.

“We are fortunate to have great support from local sponsors. These businesses have our unending gratitude for their sponsorship,” she said. “We are very pleased that they have stepped forward and chosen to support Murphy events.”

Among these for 2016 were: Associate Sponsor Bonham Chrysler, which offered significant discounts to concert-goers for their cars and trucks throughout the series; Associate Sponsor Lumin Health, a relatively new business in Murphy which handed out information on their new location and offered valuable give-aways; and Community Sponsor Frontier Communications, which took time during two concerts nights to provide information and answer questions regarding the switch to Frontier from Verizon.

Of course, the Murphy Community Development Corporation also plays a major role in funding these and many other community events.

“This was truly a special year for us, since we heard so many compliments from residents and their guests. Many attendees have even pledged to attend each of the concerts in the future,” she said. “My staff and I are really looking forward to next year!”

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