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First Friday for free: Crusty Veterans kick off summer series

Music lovers looking for a cheap fix will find it in Murfreesboro this summer.

The third season of Main Street’s First Friday concerts?a series of free, outdoor music shows appropriate for the entire family?begins Friday, June 1, with a 6:30 p.m. performance by The Crusty Veterans, a rock ’n’ roll oldies cover band.

“This is the show for everyone who went to the prom in the ’60s, ’70s or ’80s,” says Libby Green, interim director for concert producer Main Street. “Leave the prom clothes at home, but don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes because there will be plenty of room to cut loose and have some fun.”

Main Street produces the free concerts each summer with financial support from several sponsors. The June show is sponsored by World Outreach Church and the Arts Build Communities program.

June’s featured act, The Crusty Veterans, has its roots in Murfreesboro’s old Central High School. David James and Mack Barrett, founders of the band, got their start playing music together while attending the school. Years later the two reunited to form The Crusty Veterans, a six-piece playing classic rock selections spanning three decades. Rutherford Countians may have heard the band at the Margaritas in May fundraising parties.

In addition to good music, First Friday fans will find plenty of dining options at downtown restaurants available before and during the concert. Several merchants will extend their operating hours to cater to concert attendees as well.

Show time is 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free. Attendees should bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. All First Friday concerts are performed on the east side of the public square in historic downtown Murfreesboro.

For more information, visit downtown murfreesboro.com.

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