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Permanent LinkApr 3, 2015 
:spotlight: (SHELBY) As the days start to warm up, more people are making their way outside. Some for fresh air - others to perform for patrons of uptown shops and restaurants
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“Ten years ago no one really went out after dark on the court square,” said Jeff Ledford.
Now that mindset has changed, cities are moving with these ideas.

Moving forward means change.

With the number of people increasing, one of those changes is more musicians taking to the sidewalks.
“With growth comes change, and we are going to see things we haven’t had to deal with like street performers,” said Ledford.

While there have been a few entertainers, Ledford expects more to be coming. Not only due to the expanding uptown area, but also due to the focus on art and music in uptown Shelby. The Uptown Shelby Association sees the addition of performers as a good thing.

“We have hosted events in the past where we place musicians on the sidewalks around Uptown for people to enjoy over the course of an evening. It's a little different from buskers, who are independent street performers,” said Audrey Whetten, Uptown Shelby Association Executive Director. “The concept is similar in that live music on the sidewalk contributes to our growing music scene, adds vibrancy and interest to our streetscape and celebrates our strong musical roots."


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