The Downtown Arlington Business Association will host a concert featuring Aaron Crawford at Legion Park on June 28.
The free concert will be from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the downtown park. Vendors and food trucks are expected to begin setting up at about 4 p.m.
A beer garden is expected to be set up around Legion Park around 6 p.m. as well. Kids will be allowed in the park, but adults will not be able to take alcohol out of the park during that time.
This is the first time that the Downtown Arlington Business Association (DABA) has tried a concert to begin the summer season and may continue with it each year if it is successful.
“This is sort of supposed to be a summer kick off concert to help with the city’s concert series,” said Lisa Cisneros, DABA president.
She said that Crawford is a national recording artist from the county who has toured with some big names in country music.
“There are some bigger bands that have a following and I thought how fun it would be to have some of those names come to town, and maybe they can bring their following with them and people can see the town of Arlington and see what we have,” said Cisneros.
Crawford is an exciting musician, said Cisneros, who has seen him live once before. “I really like his performance. He’s a great entertainer,” she said.
Most of the community’s concerts feature local talent, which is great, said Cisneros, but DABA was hoping to provide something different with the concert.
“We have great talent here and people come to those bands too, but to highlight someone who may be able to entertain the community and bring in others is good,” she said.
Cisneros said that DABA had been working on the concert with the original idea to bring back the ‘Bite of Arlington’ to the town with a big music headliner.
“But that was such a short time to try and plan and give notice for that,” she said.
“Next year if we do this again we’ll have more time to bring in the restaurants that want to be a part of it,” she said.
They still hope to have a lot of food trucks and vendors at the event though.
“The idea at the beginning was to have that Bite of Arlington and concert together, but with that not happening we’ve still brought in some food vendors. We’re still in need of some and if we could get some more that would be nice as well,” she said.
DABA is the primary organizer although other organizations have also helped to sponsor the event, said Cisneros.
If it is successful she hopes that DABA can bring back the summer kickoff concert next year.
“It’s one of those first-time events and we’ll see what works,” she said.