The fifth annual Mary Ann Fisher Concert Series will begin next week with a bang as Ronnie Baker Brooks kicking off the free concert series on Friday, June 15.
Brooks will be coming to Russellville from Chicago and is a national touring blues musician.
He is the song of blues legend Lonnie Brooks and started playing when he was just 9 years old and has released four best-selling CDs.
The Fisher Concert Series has been brining in nationally touring acts for the past three years now.
“When we started this, we would have just three kind of local musical acts and now we have grown to the point where we can have one national touring act and one regional act and then one local act,” said Joe Gran Clark, one of the event organizers.
The regional performer will be Stacy Mitchart, who will be performing on July 6.
The local blues performance will be August 10 and will feature an R&B Revue with Tyrone Dunn, T Martel, Pam Rankins and Michael Gough. All four of these performers have Russellville roots and will perform together for the first time as the annual Emancipation Celebration weekend kicks off.
All the performances will start at about 7:30 p.m. and will take place outside at the West Kentucky African-American Heritage Center on Morgan Street.
The concerts are put together by Russellville Blues and have been getting more popular each year since they started.
“The crowds continue to grow every year,” Clark said.
In addition to providing musical entertainment, the museums of the West Kentucky African-American Heritage Center will be open during the concerts.
“A lot of people like going in and looking at the exhibits,” Clark said. “It’s a great way to combine music and cultural heritage.”
There will also be food vendors as well as arts and crafts vendors on site for each of the concerts.
Once again, Bluegrass Cellular is the presenting sponsor for the concert series.
“We couldn’t do it without them,” Clark said.
About 20 other businesses that contribute in different ranges as well.
“They all help us to be able to keep these concerts free to the public,” Clark said.