Local folk artists bring community together in second part of Huntsville Main Street Music Series

Audience members sat on blankets in relaxation on Friday as local folk artist charmed them with music in the second part of the Huntsville Main Street Music Series.

Musicians Zachary Keane Crocker and Mary Brett performed original songs in a variety of styles from gospel to blues at the Walker County Courthouse lawn.

The concert was a part of a music series created as a way to bring the community together with local sounds and tastes.

“It is a way to show that we care for the community to revamp the downtown to make it have life and bring people to their downtown and not forget about it,” said, the Intern for the Main Street Program, Jessica Rodriguez.

The first performer was Zachary Keane Crocker accompanied by Greg Pickett on guitar. Crocker started out with a gospel song while the rest of his music was a cross between blues and folk music. The guitar he played was a type of Resonator that caught the audiences’ attention. Mary Brett who was the second performer went on stage with Crocker to play the washboard for one of his songs.

During her performance she played guitar and sang songs that she wrote as well as covers of “The Head and the Heart” and “First Aid Kit”.

“The singers were really different from what I expected and what I am used to, but they are very talented,” student, Page Trahan said. “They are refreshing change from the average folk band.”
After her performance, Brett stressed the importance of being involved with the community. Brett, a singer/songwriter, came to Huntsville for school and stayed due to her love for the city. Volunteering at Avenue L, a local coffee shop, Brett developed a heart for the people and community of Huntsville.

“The town needs to realize that you have a good community, you don’t have to stay inside and watch TV you can go out and enjoy your community,” Brett said.

The Main Street Program partnered with the local artists last fall to showcase local talent. This spring series will run through May 10 with a performance every Friday.

The next concert will be on April 19 with artists Tom & Gary and The Shades. For more information call the Huntsville Main Street Program at 936-294-5920 or visit the organization’s Facebook page.

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