Music Under the Stars begins Friday

By Jenni Vincent
Staff Writer
Posted 4/17/07

DAPHNE — Robyn Andrews is no stranger to the trickle-down theory of economics.

After four years with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and now as the Daphne Recreation Depart-ment’s program coordinator, Andrews knows first-hand how much …

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Music Under the Stars begins Friday

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DAPHNE — Robyn Andrews is no stranger to the trickle-down theory of economics.

After four years with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and now as the Daphne Recreation Depart-ment’s program coordinator, Andrews knows first-hand how much money can be generated by an entertainment event.

And she’s hoping that will be a side benefit this weekend, when more than 1,000 people are expected to attend the premier “Music Under the Stars” event.

“Of course, our first concern is that local folks come out to enjoy these free concerts, that they have a good time,” Andrews said.

But expanding the music selections to be presented at the new outside event may also bring in additional participants, she said.

“We usually had about 500 people attend the annual jazz event that this festival is replacing,” Andrews said.

“So now that we have added classic rock and Motown, in addition to the jazz portion, we’re hoping that at least three times as many folks will come out to enjoy the music,” she said.

Since the event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, that will give visitors plenty of time to shop and eat locally, Andrews said.

Area motels may also pick up some business since some folks have already been calling about coming from other neighboring Gulf coast states, she said.

Bands selected for this event also have fans who are planning to visit just to see their performance, Andrews said.

“The Dirty Dozen band is from New Orleans and they have a big following, so we expect that their fans will be here,” she said.

The same is true for the Georgia-based Jazz Guardians, Andrews said.

Classic rock will be featured Friday night, followed by Motown on

Saturday and Sunday’s jazz.

Food vendors will include Naman’s Catering, Pizza Hut and Zaxby’s.

Pets, glass containers, alcoholic beverages, audio recording devices, video recorders and weapons are prohibited.

Event sponsors include: City of Daphne, Alabama State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, AT&T, Baldwin County Sewer Service, Mercy Medical, Miller’s Grand Events, Original Oyster House, WHIL FM 91.3 and Workshops Etc! Inc.

The event will be moved inside the Daphne Civic Center in the event of rain.