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  • Head Downtown for Brown Bag Concert, ArtWalk and Streetfest This Week

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    May 15, 2017
    This week head to Davis Park for a free lunchtime concert Wednesday, stick around after work Thursday for Downtown Charleston ArtWalk and enjoy the block party atmosphere of Downtown Streetfest Saturday along Capitol Street.
    “We’ve grouped all of our monthly downtown events together to showcase our cultural and entertainment opportunities,” said Lesli Forbes, the Charleston Area Alliance vice president of marketing and development=. “Downtown Charleston is vibrant and inviting to residents and visitors alike, and these events focus on fostering our strengths to boost downtown business and elevate the quality of life.”

    The Brown Bag Concert series returns at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 17 for its fourth season to make the afternoon more festive in Davis Park. Presented by the Charleston Area Alliance and sponsored by American Medical Facilities Management, the free lunchtime concert will feature the Ryan Kennedy Trio and also the John Adams Middle School Jazz Band.

    Participating restaurants throughout downtown Charleston offer brown bag takeaway specials for concert-goers. The event is designed to help support downtown eateries and provide the downtown workforce, residents and visitors with a unique lunchtime experience. Tables and chairs, provided by the Charleston Area Alliance, are located in the park where guests can eat their lunch, relax and enjoy the live music for free.
    The sidewalks throughout downtown will be awash in activity from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 18 for ArtWalk, the monthly self-guided art tour through participating downtown galleries studios and businesses coordinated by the Charleston Area Alliance and sponsored by the Masters Law Firm. The May ArtWalk includes more than two dozen participating locations showcasing a variety of art – from dance and music to paintings and jewelry.
    Closing out the event series is the Charleston Area Alliance Downtown Streetfest, presented by City National Bank, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 20 headlined by rock and reggae artist Shayar. Set along Capitol Street, between Quarrier and Lee Streets, the block party features live music, interactive entertainment, food and drinks, kid’s activities and pop-up shops. Alcohol is available for purchase. Tables and chairs are setup along the street for guests to enjoy take-away food from local restaurants, catch up with friends over some cold beverages and listen to the free live music. 
    Susie Salisbury, Vice President of Community Development
    ssalisbury@charlestonareaalliance.org, 304-340-4253