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Spring Tune-Up event to benefit Music On The Square in Jonesborough

March 31st, 2014 2:03 pm by Tony Casey

Spring Tune-Up event to benefit Music On The Square in Jonesborough

Music On The Square (Photo by C. David Cook)

One of Jonesborough’s premier events will be kicking off its “Sweet 16” year with a music and food-filled fundraiser at the International Storytelling Center.

The fourth annual Spring Tune-Up will take place April 4 from 6-10 p.m., with proceeds going to the 2014 Music on the Square season. For $20 ahead of time or $25 the day of the event, guests will be served drinks from the Liquor Barn and Depot Street as well as food from Luke’s Pizza, Food City, Ingles, The Dining Room and Main Street Cafe.

There also will be entertainment provided by strolling musicians. Live and silent auctions, MOTS organizer Steve Cook said, should bring in the brunt of the funds needed to pay for the outdoor concert series that welcomes musicians every Friday from May thorough September to perform on Main Street.

A treetop zipline tour, a day in the studio with an artist, golf outings at The Blackthorn Club and The Crossings, a dinner soiree, a sweetheart overnight package at the Carnegie Hotel, gift certificates and tickets to area attractions are some of the items up for grabs in the auctions, as well as original works of arts by local and regional artists.

An emphasis on local artists, Cook said he hopes, will draw attention to the time and work put in by the creative minds the area has to offer. In turn, the artists and people who attend the Spring Tune-Up will align their dollars to a good cause, Cook said.

“They do it to support Music on the Square,” he said. “But we hope people will support the artists, too.”

The fundraising event usually draws a few hundred people. Music on the Square, meanwhile, lands nearly 1,000 attendees each week, particularly when the weather cooperates, Cook said. Storytellers, poets and performance artists also take stage at the Main Street venue.

Cook, who is in charge of booking the bands that perform, says the concert series can be described as Americana at its best.

Hula hoops and lawn chairs, mixed with a dog-friendly, smoke-free venue make Music on the Square a perfect family event, said Cook, who noted that many attendees arrive early, pick their spots and then frequent one of the downtown Jonesborough restaurants for a quick dinner before the concert begins.

Some of the bands that will be headlining Music on the Square this year include Whitewater Ramble and Shivering Timbers. Feedback from artists performing at the venue proves they like being there as much as those in the crowd, Cook said.

“This is the most magical place I’ve ever played,” one artist reportedly told Cook.

Cook said he’s contacted just about every day by a band that wants to play in the series.

More information about Music on the Square can be found at www.musiconthesquare.com. Tickets for the Spring Tune-Up event can be purchased by calling the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 753-1010, the International Storytelling Center at 753-2171, or the Jonesborough Art Glass Gallery at 753-5401.

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