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Main Street Live set for big finale
John Salaway

The finale is near for the 2021 Main Street Live summer concert series this Friday, July 30.

John Salaway and the Stones River Saints will take the stage with a classic rock/ Americana theme. 

Saying farewell to another season of Friday night concerts is a sad occasion, but Salaway will attempt to make the atmosphere joyful.

“I want to inspire people and make them feel uplifted,” says Salaway. “That’s my goal in life: to be a positive force for somebody else.”

A Florida native who grew up listening to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and other records from his parents’ vinyl collection, Salaway released his first solo album “The Song in the Air” in 2013 and his latest “Americana Dreams” in 2019.

“With every album I make, you’ll always hear a touch of the Beatles,” says Salaway, who worked with the Beatles’ iconic sound engineer, Geoff Emerick, during the last year of the studio legend’s life. “With ‘Americana Dreams,’ though, I wanted to show off my Americana influences, which come mostly from Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Bob Dylan, The Band, and Tom Petty.” 

Main Street Live is a production of Main Street McMinnville. Concerts are offered on the West Lawn of Security Federal Bank. 

Food vendors are an integral part of the Main Street Live experience. Vendors include The Greek Station, Sparky’s Popcorn, Tako Sushi, Begonias, Dirty Dogs, Topz, Happy Days Grill, and mouth-watering desserts from First National Bank.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Royce Davenport Chapter 1112 will be accepting nonperishable food for the Warren County Emergency Food Bank. Donations can be placed in marked boxes located next to the stage.

“We received 118 items during the last concert. That was the most we’ve received in one night,” said VVA president Mark E. Livengood, who urged music listeners to attempt to break that record during the last concert this Friday.

Events are free thanks to sponsorship by Dr Pepper Bottling Company, the Law Offices of Galligan and Newman, Security Federal Savings Bank, Ascension Saint Thomas River Park Hospital, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, Ben Lomand Connect, city of McMinnville, Peg Broadcasting and the Southern Standard, your source for local news.

Food vendors open at 6 p.m. Music begins at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the sounds of John Salaway and the Stones River Saints.