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By Austin Andre
Journey to Jerseyville Rock the Block Concert Series will be kicking off the summer during small business week with music, barbeque, and community.
The City of Jerseyville announced, last week, that this new event series aims to bring attention and opportunity to local businesses, as well as bring money into the City.
The concert is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 6, at City Center Park in Downtown Jerseyville from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is the first of four different Rock the Block events being planned for the community this summer.
Jerseyville businesses taking part in this event will be Bare Bones BBQ, The Redbird Deli, and Brossio Tavern. All will be selling food and drinks.
“This event is a great way to involve our businesses to get them out in front of visitors,” said Michael Ward, Jerseyville Economic Development Council Inc.
A Jacksonville band, Exit 52, will be providing live music for the event. They cover songs from well-known bands such as AC/DC and Alice in Chains. This is the first time Exit 52 will be performing in Jerseyville. The band is very popular in their area, according to Ward, and will potentially bring people into the City from out of town.
The participating businesses are enthusiastic about the series. “I’m absolutely excited, no question,” said Carla “Redbird” Murphy, Owner of Redbird Deli.
Local City offices such as the Jersey County Government-Tourism Committee and the Jerseyville Economic Development Council are actively finalizing the details for the series.
As of April 13, 200 people have responded to the event, while over 4,300 have seen the information provided, according to Ward. The City is hopeful the turnout will be significant, as they plan to host a Rock the Block event every other month.
The City hopes to partner with other businesses, even those outside of town, in order to attract more people from the surrounding areas into Jerseyville. “Our idea is to partner with more businesses to put the money back into the community,” said Ward.
More information and updates on the Journey to Jerseyville Rock the Block Concert Series, can be found on the Explore Jerseyville Tourism Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages, or by visiting explore.jerseyville-il.us.