The sounds of music will be emanating from the Courthouse Square in Hernando again with another year of the popular Sunset on the Square series, beginning Thursday night.
The weekly schedule of concerts, to be held outside in front of the DeSoto County Courthouse, will take place each Thursday night during the month of June, as it has for the last several years.
This year’s series features different genres of music, all with a decidedly local flavor.
Leading off the month will be the country group Truck Patch Revival, a Memphis-based country band that has also appeared at the Front Porch Jubilee and the Water Tower Festival, in addition to other festivals and events in Mississippi and Tennessee.
Next week, on June 14, the popular local group Mississippi Stomp, which includes Gid and Sunny Stuckey, will be the featured group.
Described by some as “lush Southern rock,” Mississippi Stomp has won several awards, including being named 2016 Best Rock Band with their debut album “Chickasaw Lodge” and 2017 Best Roots Music with “Shine” by the Mississippi Music Foundation.
Mississippi Stomp has shared the bill with the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Jimbo Mathus, Kansas and Cedric Burnside Project to name a few.
In successive weeks, Young Petty Thieves and Twin Soul will entertain the crowd.
Young Petty Thieves, self-described as “An Original Memphis Band,” takes the Sunset stage on June 21. Their style is Americana Roots, stating their passion is writing and sharing stories through music.
Rounding out the series on June 28 will be Twin Soul, another band based out of Memphis that plays music from the 70s up to today, and is self-described as the “Mid-South's Premiere Party Band."
Jesse Dement, executive director for the Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce which puts on the series, said they selected the groups for this year’s Sunset on the Square in an unique way.
“This year, we actually took to Facebook and did a poll,” Dement said. “We asked all of our Facebook followers who they wanted to hear. It kind of goes back to that community involvement. This year we read through all of the comments and contacted the bands that they were interested in. That’s how we picked our selection this year.”
People have been coming to spend the evening with lawn chairs, picnic baskets and such, and enjoy great sounds among friends and community. Along with “bring your own snacks,” food vendors will also be on hand.
“Last year we actually had crowd-breaking numbers,” Dement said. “The last Thursday I think we had the largest that we had ever had. This year we’re hopeful that it’s going to continue to keep growing.”
Dement calls “Sunset” her favorite event of the year and one the Chamber works on from January until June, with help from presenting sponsor First Tennessee Bank, other sponsors, and lots of volunteers.
“This event really showcases a sense of community that Hernando has,” Dement said. “While you’re sitting there and listening to the bands while watching all of the young kids running around, it really reminds you why we all love Hernando.”
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.