TGIF, a long-standing summer music concert series in Uptown Martinsville, returns again this summer, hosted by the Rotary Club of Martinsville-Henry County. Each month, from July through September, a feel-good band will take the stage located in the Bridge Street Parking Lot in Uptown from 7-10 p.m. to entertain the crowd.
The Pizazz Band kicks off this year’s series on July 15, followed by The Kings on August 19, and Slick Jr. and the Reactors wrap up the season on September 16.
“It’s an exciting mix of good-time rock, soul, and blues,” said Rotarian Rob King, who helped organize the events. “People will enjoy music they’re familiar with and may hear a few numbers new to them as well.”
Admission to each concert is $7. Food will be sold on-site by Hugo’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, while The Ground Floor will be selling lemonade and smoothies, with water sold by Infinity Acres Ranch. Sodas as well as alcoholic beverages will be for sale by Rotary, with all proceeds from tickets, sodas, and alcohol supporting projects and scholarships funded by Rotary. Brad Kinkema, Rotary’s regional Area Governor, said that the funds generated by TGIF help the community in a number of ways.
“The Rotary Club of MHC provides scholarships for students to attend P&HCC, and benefit area non-profits, parks, and the environment,” said Kinkema. “We support other music and community enrichment events, such as First Fridays at the Historic Courthouse in Uptown Martinsville.”
TGIF title sponsors for 2022 include Carter Bank & Trust, Burton & Co., Rives S. Brown Realty, Southwestern Virginia Gas Co., and Lawrence Distributing.
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