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Historic Downtown Hendersonville has announced plans for the 2014 Rhythm and Brews concert series this summer.

The N.C. Main Street program’s annual awards competition recognizes the outstanding achievements of particpating communities in categories reflecting the four areas of focus for  Main Street: organization, design, economic restructuring and promotion. A panel that included staff from the Piedmont Triad Council of Governments, Appalachian Regional Commission, Office of Community Planning, Office of Urban Development and Davie County Community Development Corporation reviewed the nominations and selected the winners.

“We are thrilled that the success we had with this series in its inaugural season is being recognized at the state level,” noted Lew Holloway, Downtown Economic Development Director with the City of Hendersonville. He went on to say, “The award is a reflection of the intense effort and dedication of the R&B steering committee members, Babs Newton, Mike Hall, Michael Ridenhour, Charlie Tucker and Ralph Freeman. Their efforts in partnership with the Downtown Advisory Committee, our series sponsors, the R&B volunteers and city staff helped bring about what we and the NC Main Street Center all recognize as a great new event in downtown Hendersonville.” Babs Newton recognized the significance of the award remarking that, “We set out to appeal to a wider demographic audience, to broaden the type of music shared in downtown and to build partnerships with city and county residents and businesses. This award is a reflection of our success in achieving those goals!”

Ralph Freeman and Mike Hall are thrilled about the award, but even more excited to share plans for the second season of R&B. “With such a positive response to the series last year we said to ourselves, you can’t have too much of a good thing and have added a fifth show to the series,” Ralph revealed. The fifth concert will take place on the 3rd Thursday of September, giving the concert series a five month run from May through September in 2014. “We’ve brought back some favorites from the first year and added some new acts too, which will continue to be a goal of the event, to share good, creative and diverse music with the community,” noted Mike Hall of Tempo Music.

The series line-up kicks off with two of last year’s favorites as The Broadcast returns on May 15th and regional bluegrass boys gone big Balsam Range headline the June 19th concert. The series will finish with three new acts; Asheville based funk masters The Fritz on July 17th, Charleston based rock grove ensemble Sol Driven Train August 21st and to close out the series, another act out of Charleston, the Americana group Blue Dogs on September 18th.

“Once again, from a music perspective we’ve got a little something for everyone and from an event perspective we are working hard to make the second year an even more enjoyable experience for our fans,” observed Lew Holloway. He highlighted that, “We will be in the Azalea Lot again this year along King Street, but the layout will be different, with changes designed to maximize our use of the space.”

Historic Downtown Hendersonville is currently recruiting sponsors for the 2014 season and has limited opportunities available; don’t wait to contact them about how you can get involved! Additional information about sponsoring the 2014 Rhythm & Brews Concert Series can be found by contacting Lew Holloway at or 828.233.3216.