Friday, July 29, 2016

Lunch Out Live concerts could start August 11 in Rockville, if Mayor and Council approve

Answering requests from Rockville Town Center merchants to restore public events that drew more customers at lunchtime in the past, City staff has proposed launching a new concert series as soon as August 11. Lunch Out Live would feature live music from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Thursdays from August 11 through September 29 this year.

Thursdays were chosen to avoid drawing people away from the existing Dawson's Farmers Market on Wednesdays.

Staff estimates the expense of hosting the event to be $1000 per concert. The outlay would have to be approved by the Mayor and Council, who will be briefed on the proposal at their meeting on Monday night. A decision would be necessary that night, as the Mayor and Council won't meet for several weeks afterward.

E. Montgomery Avenue would have to close in front of Regal Row businesses for safety reasons during the concerts, which would eliminate a number of the available parking spaces for lunch patrons. A farmers market on E. Montgomery Avenue featured live music in past years.

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