The Summer Sounds concert series kicks off with Lamont Landers Band Friday at 6 p.m. in downtown Temple Plaza.
The Alabama band are set to play their soul music roster to an expected large crowd as the annual concert series event kicks off another season in downtown Danville.
As in the past, all Summer Sounds concerts are free and open to the public.
Jordan Cundiff of Nashville, Tennessee-based Smart Set Entertainment is hosting this season’s lineup.
Cundiff, a Danville native, said he was excited to be back in his hometown throughout the summer.
“I’m just excited to be able to see a lot of people being able to come back downtown. You know, the last few years have been kind of tough…” Cundiff said of the pandemic and many people staying away from large crowds.
Cundiff said he’s also excited to bring new artists that people haven’t seen in Danville before.
The full lineup can be viewed at summersounds.org.
Cundiff said her role in Summer Sounds wasn’t official until March of this year.
Due to the later-than-usual appointment, he said that creating the lineup was a bit tricky due to potential scheduling conflicts with the bands he intended to create.
He had a few artists in mind to contact before he officially became the event organizer, so when it was time to start booking, he had an idea of who to schedule and what weekend to book them for. Then he said he filled in the gaps with a few local artists.
He said anyone planning to attend on Friday can expect to have a great time no matter what.
“It’s designed so that if you want to be in front and enjoy a rock ‘n’ roll show or whatever, you can go in there and enjoy it, but there’s so much space and stuff happening… where you can sit back and just enjoy socializing from a distance,” he said.
The First Fridays event organized by the town of Danville will also take place on Fridays downtown.
Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, there will be bouncy castles for kids, bubbles and a scavenger hunt.
Free community yoga at Kresge Park will also begin at 5 p.m.
Cundiff said there will be plenty of opportunities for Friday night fun.
“There are just a lot of things you can do that make it feel like anyone should be able to find their own little spot where they feel really comfortable and can have a really good time,” said- he declared.
Cundiff said he planned to travel to Danville every week for every show, not only to make sure plans went smoothly, but also because he couldn’t choose a favorite band to watch.
“It’s just exciting to get things done,” he said. “Every group is spectacular.”
Sponsors of the Summer Sounds Concert Series include: True Grit Fitness; Tattoos with no regrets; Toyota of Danville; Buildings of classic houses; heating, air conditioning and duct cleaning from Blackie; Sacred Heart OSF Medical Center; Robinson Chiropractic; AWEBCO; Frank J. Strahl & Sons, INC. ; New Age general contractor; Fatman’s warehouse; Bower tree experts; Express packaging; Trigard – Hall of Fame plaques and signs; the carpet weavers of Myer; SKEFF distribution company; the local farm; Danville Humanitarian Society; Long term construction services; Marblehead Customs; Bradfield Trucking; Gerling Building; Toni Stone – State Agricultural Agency; Thompson’s T-shirts; The dairy barn; Sherwin-Williams; Terry Miles – Barrister; Barbie and Jordan Knight; and Yoga by Merrit.