Erika Wells @Erika_CCNT_AUG
Concertgoers of all ages ended their Saturday night with smooth sounds from the Jazz on the Lawn event in downtown Harlem just before sunset.
For the second year in a row, the Harlem Merchant’s Association hosted the free event. It featured live music, food from restaurants including Red Oak Manor and Monte Olivos, and drinks in front of the library.
“It was a night to come and bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and relax and listen to some great music,” said organization president Alison Couch.
The Augusta-based jazz band voxnbass featuring Travis Shaw was invited to perform for a second time.
“They’re very entertaining and lively and very talented musicians,” Couch said. “They made the event so special last year because of their talent. Everybody was so excited to have such talent here.”
The event drew guest from nearby towns including Ollivette Long and Doris Lockette, who traveled from Thomson and arrived early to find a spot in the shade.
“I like the atmosphere with us talking with the music in the background,” Long said. “I’d definitely come again.”
Morgan Scruggs attended with her daughters Rosie, 4, and Bella, 7. Scruggs recently moved from Nashville to Harlem to be closer to family and regularly seeks out local events. She said they are a great way to meet new people and help the local economy.
“This has been nice with good music and there’s space for my daughters to run around,” Scruggs said. “It not only brings everyone together but it supports the small town businesses.”
Couch hopes everyone continues to attend events the Harlem Merchant Association’s plans. The next events will be the Miss Oliver Hardy Pageant at 4 p.m. Sept. 21 and Ladies Night Out on Oct. 19.
“It fosters a real community feel when we all join together to attend events like these while helping local merchants and restaurant owners thrive,” she said.