The Town of Elon finishes up the “Alive After Five” summer concert series Thursday Sept. 8. The free outdoor concert took place on the second Thursday of each summer month.
The last concerts showcased earlier this summer were a new-age indie band, The Retro Band, and a rock and funk band, CrossOverDrive.
For the last concert, Larry Keel Experience will be performing. The group, which began in 1996 and has been touring and performing ever since, was founded by Larry Keel, an experienced bluegrass musician.
Many sponsors for the event have come together to ensure the Elon community has several entertaining and fun events both during the school year and the summer, including Elon University, All That JAS, Pandora’s Pies and The Root.
“We like to support the community and show our solidarity as small business owners and that we are proud of owning businesses in Elon,” said Michelle Graybeal, owner of All That JAS.
Quinn Ray, the general manager of Tangent and the Root, believes the event brings Elon beyond solely the university.
“We really wanted to revitalize downtown so that other people know that Elon is more than just a college town,” he said.
Ray is excited for world-renowned guitar player Larry Keel and hopes he will attract many community members.
“It will be a good chance to let Elon students and locals mingle and understand that we are all in it together," he said.
The last summer concert will be from 6-8 p.m. in downtown Elon, on Holt and College Avenues. The community is encouraged to come out and enjoy the music, dining and community with free admission.