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Downtown Brooksville's Friday Night Live event to continue through the summer

The look and sound of Fleetwood Mac will come alive this weekend when tribute band Fleetwood Max performs at the Hernando Park bandshell at the Friday Night Live event in downtown Brooksville. Courtesy of Brooksville Main Street
Published Jun. 1, 2018

BROOKSVILLE — Brooksville Main Street held the first Friday Night Live event in March at Hernando Park, drawing a crowd of about 1,500 to listen to live music while noshing on treats from food trucks. The monthly music series' popularity grew, and organizers decided to keep the event going throughout the year — including the summer months.

When the next Friday Night Live kicks off June 8, event-goers will be in for a treat, with musical entertainment provided by two popular regional groups. The Chris Ryals Band will open at 6 p.m., and headliner Fleetwood Max will take the stage at 8 p.m.

Chris Ryals Band is versatile group with a repertoire of cover and original songs that includes rock, soul, Motown, blues, disco, R&B and pop. Fleetwood Max is a tribute band that recreates the sounds and looks of the iconic Fleetwood Mac. Band members include Sharon Epperson as Stevie Nicks, David Epperson as Lindsey Buckingham, Daisy Ash as Christine McVie, Neil Curtin as John McVie, and Jay Nichols as Mick Fleetwood.

"Those who live here are always eager to do anything during the summer months," said Ryan Malloy, director of Brooksville Main Street. "People are hungry for events here. Personally, I am pleased we have something fun to do."

The event will feature four or five food trucks offering a variety of food and treats.

There will be plenty of activities for kids of all ages, including corn hole, a large Jenga, Connect Four and other games. And children can take advantage of the park's playground.

For the adults, there will be a full bar offering beer, wine and liquor — something that has become quite popular, Malloy said.

Friday Night Live has become one of the main fundraising events for the Main Street project, and Malloy said additional sponsors are always needed. The long-term goal, he said, is for it to become a weekly event.

"With the help of sponsors, we can start making this event shine," Malloy said. "This event is about community revitalization. We want to show that downtown Brooksville is for everyone to come and hang out again. We want to show everyone how amazing downtown is."


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