The Franklin-Simpson Renaissance Summer Nights Concert Series has begun.
Every concert will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the courthouse lawn at Franklin's Courtyard Bandstand.
The concert series will last through Aug. 30 and will feature artists like, the Brandon Harris Band on June 7, the Jimmy Church Band on June 21, Bueler's Day Off on June 28, Black Widow on July 5, JD Shelburne on July 12, C4 on July 19, The Sidewinders on July 26, Tyrone Dunn & Kinfoke on Aug. 2, Andy and The Rockers on Aug. 9, The Get Down on Aug. 23 and Casey James, the third place winner of the ninth season of American Idol to close out the series on Aug. 30.
"It is probably what I am most excited about for this year is Casey James," said Amy Ellis, director of Franklin-Simpson Renaissance.
James plays blues, pop, rock and country and Ellis said he might have a few surprise guests with him on stage during his performance.
The Brandon Harris Band is a traditional country band from Nashville who plays some new country as well. Their steel guitarist, Tom Killen, a Franklin native, who played with George Jones for 30 years, Ellis said.
The Jimmy Church Band plays a mix of R&B and Motown. Ellis said Jimmy Church has a lot of friends in this area and is very generous to participate every year.
"As far as I know Jimmy Church has come here every year that we have had the concerts," Ellis said. "He comes here because he likes franklin and he has friends here."
Bueler's Day Off is a band out of Bowling Green that play classic rock, R&B, funk and country.
"They are a really excellent band," Ellis said. "This is the second year to come."
The Black Widow Band play R&B and Motown and one of the members of the band is a local Franklin guy.
"They are one of my favorites, even when I was in college they played at a lot of the local clubs," Ellis said.
JD Shelburne is an artist out of Nashville who is a County Music Television, CMT, rising artist and has had several different hits and videos on CMT. Shelburne plays country and rock music.
"He will play some of his original stuff, but he will play some cover songs too," Ellis said.
C4 is a local band and Ellis said this is their first time to participate in the concert series. They play southern rock and country.
The Sidewinders are a band out of Bowling Green who plays 60's, 70's and some 80's music.
Ellis said one of the group's guitar players is John McCracken who is a Franklin native and a judge in Bowling Green.
Tyrone Dunn & Kinfoke area group out of Bowling Green who play R&B, Motown and current music.
Andy and the Rockers play rock music and Ellis said Andy reminds her of the band Heart.
"I don't know anybody that sings quite like Andy, she is awesome," Ellis said. "She has so much energy."
The Get Down plays 70's, 80's and 90's music and has played in Franklin before, but this is the first time they will be performing as part of the Summer Nights Concert Series, she said.
Ellis said food trucks would be available on the square starting at 5 p.m. until the concert ends. Available food trucks are Chaney's Ice Cream, Simpson County 4H, Dunn's BBQ, Kelley Corn and some food trucks will alternate concerts, Ellis said.
During the month of June Downtown Franklin Merchants will be having a Shop-n-Dine where merchants will keep their shops open until 7 p.m. and restaurants in Downtown Franklin will stay open later.
Ellis said Franklin-Simpson Renaissance would continue the mini markets, pop-up shops, on the last Friday night of the month.
"The purpose was to help someone with a small business maybe get them into a store front," Ellis said. "We have had several store fronts emerge from the mini market."
The three nights the mini markets will be open starting at 6 p.m. on June 28, July 26 and Aug. 30. The markets are in conjunction with the Franklin-Simpson Farmers Market so many of the vendors at the farmers market will participate in the mini market, Ellis said.
Ellis said pets are allowed at the concert series, but there is a city ordinance that mandates owners clean up after their own animals and she asks no one smoke on the courthouse lawn.
Anyone attending the concert series is allowed to bring their own blankets or chairs, but the Franklin-Simpson Renaissance will have 50 new chairs for rent at the concerts along with new t-shirts for sale for $15. Security will be on the grounds to ensure the safety of the crowds.