Fridays on the Square
This annual concert and film series is held on the Court Square lawn in downtown Harrisonburg every June-August.
Brought to you by Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance and Citizens for Downtown.
Location: Court Square Downtown Harrisonburg
Rain Location: The Farmers' Market Pavillion
6PM -- Bring dinner or take out and picnic on the Square!
7-9PM -- Music
7PM -- Bring dinner or take out and picnic on the Square!
8PM -- Pre-film entertainment
Film starts at dusk
2012 SEASON SCHEDULE:
June 8 (concert): The Nighthawks
Don’t miss the season opener! Internationally recognized as one of the hardest working, high energy blues bands around, the ever popular Nighthawks return once again with a rockin’ good show!
June 15 (film): How to Train Your Dragon
(2010, PG, 98 min)
A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. 2x Oscar Nominee 2011 for Animated Feature Film and Music (Original Score).
Sponsored by Merchants of Historic Downtown Harrisonburg
June 22 (concert): The Judy Chops
Roots music with a modern twist including shimmering 3 part vocal harmony, virtuoso guitar, and energetic stage presence. This local favorite’s eclectic Americana is infectious!
June 29 (film): Super 8
(2011, PG-13, 112 min)
During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town. Received high acclaim & box office reviews, lauded as a "classic summer blockbuster," and received 3.5 out of 4 stars from Roger Ebert.
Sponsored by Lantz Construction Company and Darrin-McHone Charitable Foundation
July 6 (concert): Fatty Lumpkin & The Love Hogs
Affectionately know as “Fatty” to their fans, this rockin’ blues band of six from Southwest Virginia rolls out excellent originals as well as their own brand of favorite covers. Get ready to dance!
Sponsored by Laughing Dog T-Shirts & Gifts and Blue Mountain Housewrights
July 13 (film): Best of the Super Gr8 Film Festival
Back by popular demand, this film night will feature an assortment of short films from the 2nd annual Super Gr8 Film Festival, a local film festival created as a unique community event to help local filmmakers, artists, and musicians share their vision through this timeless film format.
Sponsored by James Madison University
July 20 (concert): Michael Clem Trio
For more than 20 years, this veteran bassist & songwriter for Eddie from Ohio, Michael Clem, brings his folk-rock back to his JMU Alma Mater’s hometown. Featuring tasty 3 part harmonies with trio members Rusty Speidel of SGGL and Thomas Gunn of Lost Highway.
Sponsored by James Madison University
July 27 (film): The Help
(2011, PG-13, 146 min)
An aspiring author during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' points of view on the white families for which they work and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
4x Oscar Nominee 2012 for Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role (2 nominees) and 1x Oscar Winner 2012 for Actress in a Supporting Role.
Sponsored by Randall A. See
August 3 (concert): The Gary Smallwood Band
Gary has shared the stage with such rock greats as Robin Trower, Jeff Healey, Marshall Tucker, Molly Hatchet, Catfish Hodge, and many more. Be it soulful blues, classic rock or just “flat out guitar rock”, this band delivers!
Sponsored by Downtown Dining Alliance
August 10 (film): The Wizard of Oz
(1939, PG, 101 min)
The tale of a young Kansas girl who dreams of a better world “somewhere over the rainbow.” When Dorothy is thrust into the eye of a tornado and lands in the fantasy world of Oz, she soon finds herself in a heap of trouble with three hapless misfits to guide, an evil witch at her heels, and no way to get home.
August 17 (concert): George Wesley & The Small Axe Orchestra
A favorite from last Summer’s season, George & Annette return for an encore performance! Dipped in Rock & Caribbean influences, George’s original & infectious style of Reggae forges his uniquely compelling voice with lightning guitar, impressive keyboard and MIDI guitar live loops. Welcome back!
August 24 (film): Hugo
(2011, PG, 126 min)
Based on the book of the same name, this Martin Scorsese film is set in 1930s Paris where an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. 10x Oscar Nominee 2012 for Best Picture, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Writing (Adapted Screenplay) and 5x Oscar Winner 2012 for Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects.
And we're thankful for our 2012 Overall Series Sponsors:
Crutchfield, Eastern Mennonite University, Phillip Updike, Mast Landscapes, Harrisonburg Farmers Market, Sole Source, Great Outdoors Landscaping, Green Valley Bookfair, Little Grill Collective, Clementine, Billy Jack's Wing & Draft Shack, Garrison Press, The Beauty Spa, Kline's Dairy Bar, VFW Post 632, Occupy Harrisonburg, Lucas Roasting Company, and Bill Thompson Design.
Fridays on the Square events are fully funded by our generous donors. Please consider supporting these events — help keep us alive.
Mail donations to:
Citizens for Downtown
P.O. Box 364
Harrisonburg, VA 22803
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