Pack up your lawn chairs and grab your favorite koozies because the Near Southsideevent Friday on the Green is back. Now in its seventh year, the monthly outdoor concert opens April 3rd and runs through October. The event is free and features three local bands per show starting at 7pm. Magnolia Green Park provides the perfect space for hundreds of families and pets to freely walk among food trucks and other vendors, or camp out on the lawn with an unobstructed view of the main stage.
Free parking is available behind the stage (near Alston Ave.), and there are ample bike racks if you want to pedal your way to the fun. Kids and dogs are welcome, but coolers aren't allowed. Don't worry, event sponsor Rahr Brewing & Sons always has a great selection out for sale, including my favorite -- Iron Thistle, a strong Scotch ale.
April's lineup is killer with veteran singer/songwriter Jacob Furr and his quartet taking the stage at 7pm. Furr recently released his newest album, Traces, that is full of poetic reminiscences and intricate, but delicate guitar pickings. High School Caesar churns out a foot-stomping rockabilly sound with a lineup that includes bass saxophone, upright bass, and guitar. (With band member names like "Bubba Luv" and "Guitar George" their music is sure to be equally colorful.) The night's headliner is Holy Moly, a mercurial cowpunk/country band that may be the only country band ever to start a mosh pit at Billy Bob's.
Friday on the Green is free, fun, and for all ages. How often do you find those three things together?