Roanoke residents can start soaking in some spring sun and enjoy live music when the city’s popular Evenings on Oak Street returns March 13.The outdoor festival will be hosted every other Saturday at Austin Street Plaza in downtown Roanoke, city Marketing and Media Relations Coordinator Morgan Kelley said. The twice-a-month event is free and goes though September.“The artists lined up for this year offer a little bit of everything in terms of genre,” Kelley said. “We have country, jazz, rock-n-roll, bluegrass and more.”Kelley said popular artists with Roanoke residents include Vocal Trash, the series’ first performers who use everyday items as instruments, Whitehouse Harmony on July 10 which is made up of family members, and The Killdares June 12, a Celtic rock group.The shows start at 7 p.m. and last an hour. Guests can bring lawn chairs, coolers and food and kick back and enjoy the evening, Kelley said. Children also often use the grassy area as a dance floor or a playground, and sometimes the city will hold drawings for giveaways.Austin Street Plaza includes a covered stage, open green space, a picnic area, restrooms and parking lot. Kelley said since the series’ start in 2002, each show draws in at least 50 people, but she has seen more than 120 people before.To see the full lineup, visit the Roanoke city website.
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