Band wraps up summer concert series

Published 8:59 pm Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Lawsen Brown is putting on her boogie shoes, though the 2-year-old may need some help tying the laces.

She can get that from her dad, Topher Brown, who’ll be on stage Friday night for the second annual summer concert series. Brown, along with Anthony Daniels and Nathan Spears, performs as The Trouble Trio. They’ll be wrapping up the three-concert series with a free show from 6-8 p.m. in front of Brookhaven Music & Sound on South Railroad Avenue. In case of rain, the concert will be held at Recess 101 at 312 South First St.

Railroad Avenue will be closed to traffic at 5 p.m. from Cherokee to Chickasaw streets. The parking lot along the railroad tracks will be open.

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Brown’s toddler is her daddy’s biggest fan.

“She loves to dance and run around and pretend that she knows the words to the songs,” he said. “She has a great time. She’ll probably be the liveliest one there, for sure.”

Brown said they’ll be playing everything from Bruno Mars to Chris Stapleton. The band has played at Magnolia Blues a few times, but this will be their first time to play in the concert series, which is sponsored by the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce. Lindsey Cardinale played in June and The Bridge Band took the stage in July.

Brown, who is worship pastor at CenterPoint Church, attended a few of the shows last summer.

“The thing I like most about it is that it showcases local talent,” he said. “Not a lot of people may know that there’s a ton of talent in Brookhaven.”

It’s also an event that his wife, Lake, can bring their daughter to so she can hear her dad.

“It’s nice that it is family-friendly,” he said. “A lot of these bands, you play in clubs where you can’t bring kids, but with this you can.”

The public in encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for the show. There will be prize giveaways and T-shirts for sale, said Chamber program director Katie Nations.

She said the free concerts have been a draw for the downtown area. Nations spoke with a couple at the July show who were traveling from Miami, Florida, to Austin, Texas, for a marathon. They heard about a 5K in Brookhaven so they stayed the night at the Inn on Whitworth to run the next morning. The free concert across the tracks was a bonus.

“They just went on and on about how they’d come back again,” she said.

The free concert series was made possible by sponsorships from Rex Lumber and Brookhaven Monument.