1st Saturday to rock Downtown Salisbury

Members of the 1st Saturday Committee have officially rolled out plans for a new monthly music event that aims to rock the heart of Downtown Salisbury.

1st Saturday will provide a free, family-friendly experience for locals while also promoting local business, tourism growth, and community involvement through music and celebration. The event is an all-volunteer effort, a downtown economic development initiative, and a project of the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District Committee.

“The members of the Arts & Entertainment Committee are excited and pleased to have 1st Saturday as a part of the Arts and Entertainment group,” said Connie Strott and Lee Whaley, the committee’s co-chairs. “Great things are happening in Downtown Salisbury.”

The event will be held on the first Saturday of each month, beginning on April 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be seven events in 2015, with the last one being on Oct. 3.

The centerpiece of the event will be a local family-friendly band that’s paid for its services by event sponsors. There are different levels of sponsorship, each with their own perks.

  • Gold Sponsorship – $1,000 (7 available for 2015)
  • Stage naming rights
  • Signage on the stage
  • Sponsorship table by the stage
  • Inclusion in all advertising prior to the event
  • Silver Sponsorship – $500 (14 available for 2015)
  • Inclusion in all advertising prior to the event
  • Recognition at the event
  • Bronze Sponsorship – $100 (unlimited)
  • Recognition at the event

“Georgetown, Delaware is funding its Summer Concerts in the Park series in this way and they’ve been very successful,” said Sarah Rayne, co-chair of the 1st Saturday Committee. “We’re confident that our local businesses, organizations, elected officials, families, and individuals will help us make this event a reality for Downtown Salisbury.”

Bands will be chosen by the 1st Saturday Committee and should be full bands that are family friendly and are able to provide their own sound system. The committee hopes to raise enough money to eventually purchase its own sound system.

“What we’re looking for is a nice mix of originals and covers from local bands with a large draw,” said Ben Rayne, co-chair of the 1st Saturday Committee. “We want everyone to enjoy these concerts, whether they be two years old or 90 years old.”

1st Saturday will be located in the heart of Downtown Salisbury, on North Division Street. The stage will be erected on North Division, in front of the Government Office Building, facing Main Street. During the event, North Division Street between Church Street and Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic but will still be accessible to pedestrians. Main Street will remain open to traffic throughout the event.

Committee member Joey Gilkerson has offered use of the New Year’s Eve stage for the events.

“It’s events like 1st Saturday and 3rd Friday that draw people to Salisbury’s Downtown and fosters the continued growth of the heart of our city,” Gilkerson said. “Eventually, we’d like to see events in the Downtown every weekend, so this is a step in the right direction.”

Accompanying the music each month will be the 1st Saturday Arts Market, which will host about 10 local artists.

“We want every facet of Salisbury’s arts scene to benefit from this event,” said Sarah Halcott, vice chair of the 1st Saturday Committee and coordinator of the Arts Market. “The market will not be as large as what’s available during 3rd Friday, because our primary focus is performing arts. However, we think the Arts Market will be a nice addition to the event, as well as one more reason to come Downtown.”

The 1st Saturday Committee is planning a kickoff event for February to raise funds to cover startup costs. The venue and date are still to be determined. There will be several bands, as well as a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. More information regarding the event will be released at a future date.

For more information or to purchase a sponsorship, email the 1st Saturday Committee at 1stsaturdaysby@gmail.com.

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