The Nashville Arts and Entertainment Commission is talking about having an outdoor summer concert series.
Local musician Tim Meyer proposed the idea at the May commission meeting.
Concerts would take place at the Village Green Pavilion for 90 minutes on a Saturday afternoon or early evening from June through October.
Similar concert series can be found in Fishers, Carmel, Danville and Bloomington.
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“When we look at the other communities that do this, like Fishers and Danville, those are big events in a big venue that put on a lot of people,” Nashville Arts and Entertainment Commission member and musician Chuck Wills said. “I think our concept is a little bit different and certainly a little bit smaller.”
Meyer told the board in May he was willing to lead the series but would need “support and buy-in from the community.”
He did not attend the June meeting.
The total cost for five concerts and one-time expenses, like banners and signs, was put at $3,000.
Commission member and Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Jane Ellis supported the idea of the arts and entertainment commission helping to fund the series.
“Three thousand dollars is such a small investment considering what we paid out for public art,” she said, referring to the sculptures that were installed downtown last year at a cost of about $2,500 each.
“We don’t have a strong entertainment arm of the arts and entertainment commission, and I don’t see who’s going to complain about music on a regular basis on a Saturday afternoon,” she said.
The concert series does not have to be big its first year, she said.
“The point is to have music in the air and let it grow organically from there to whatever it turns into,” she said.
Commission member Anne Miller said she would like to see others in the community help make the series happen.
“I’d like to see community invested in it, not just us,” she said.
The commission did not make a decision on whether to support the series financially but will continue discussing the concept with Meyer.
“We’re interested,” commission President Catherine Martin said.
A group already gathers at the Village Green Pavilion on Tuesday nights for a jam session, and it’s been gathering a crowd of onlookers. Several of those musicians used to play at the Muddy Boots Cafe on the north end of town before it closed at that location earlier this year.