Free concert could be a first

A free concert is being held in the grounds of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium this Saturday to capitalise on the crowds expected in town for the festival of cricket.

The concert will feature local gypsy-jazz band Stipsky from 1.30pm followed by Simple Folk who perform traditional folk songs from the English Isles, as well as the Con Student Combo and finishing with a performance by the percussion group SambaBlistas.

Lismore City Centre Manager Stephen Nelson said the concert was a collaboration between The Con and Lismore City Council and it could be expanded into a regular series of outdoor events aimed at revitalising Lismore's CBD.

“Entertainment is one element of the Lismore Promotion Program's 2009-2010 business plan recently approved by Council,” he said. “The business community appreciates that in order to bring people to the city centre on weekends, there need to be activities such as markets and top-quality entertainment, to act as drawcards. This first concert has been designed to attract the large number of competitors and sports fans here in Lismore for the Masters Games and the cricket festival, as well as locals and visitors from outside the LGA. We're encouraging businesses to extend their hours of operation over the forthcoming weekend, which has two major sporting events taking place simultaneously, for the first time ever.”

The SambaBlistas will march from the stage at The Con to Oakes oval and will also perform at Oakes Oval on Sunday at 5pm.


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