Tonight, the city will kick off its annual Spring Sundown Concert Series at Town Creek Park, and this year, event coordinator Jarrett Jones has planned to make it bigger than ever.
The series features free outdoor concerts every Thursday in May, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the park lawn. Starting the series for the first time will be the Auburn High School Jazz Band. Jones said he chose the jazz band in an effort to boost awareness for the Sundown Concert Series, which offers Auburn residents a laid back evening under the setting sun.
"I'm kicking it off big," Jones said. "This is going to be the loudest one."
About 125 Auburn residents typically come out for the concerts, Jones said, but he anticipates that number to more than double for the Jazz Band performance tonight.
Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, food and beverages. Mama's Last Stand, a barbecue food truck, will be on site as well.
While parents stretch out on blankets to enjoy the show, children can enjoy inflatables or the Cyber Game Truck — new to this year's series.
"It's like a trailer that can fit 20 people, and it has about eight TV screens. You can come in there and play video games," Jones said. "It has air-conditioning and everything, and it's free."
After tonight's AHS Jazz Band performance, the following Thursdays will feature bands and musicians who are local or from surrounding areas.
Soul Co. will take the stage May 9; Michael Warren on May 16; The Dion Hawkins Band on May 23; and on May 30, Atlanta-based Open Skye will close the series.
Another addition to the series this year is added parking. About 52 new parking spaces were recently added across the street from Town Creek Park, and Jones encourages attendees to park across the street and walk over.
He hopes to see more families and students come out to enjoy the events this year.
"It's pet-friendly, family-friendly," he said. "Come out and celebrate and enjoy.
"Just come and hang out and laugh and joke and say hello to your neighbor that you're sitting next to."
For more information about the Spring Sundown Concert Series or other city events, visit auburnalabama.org/parks.