Thursday Night Live will return this Thursday in downtown Jefferson City, kicking off its renovated schedule with two Mid-Missouri musical favorites.
Together for more than 15 years, Shiloh is a five-piece country band delivering skillful guitar, fiddle, bass, banjo, drums and vocals on stage. Performing country and classic rock, the Mid-Missouri-based group took first in the regional Colgate Country Showdown and second in the state in 2002. They also occasionally perform in Nashville and through the Midwest.
Another well-known American country rock group, Murphy's Ford, will perform during the season's first Thursday Night Live. At the five-piece band's core are vocalists and guitarists Brandon Matthews and Ryan Tomlinson, who built up a repertoire of original songs while "pickin' guitars and writing songs over after work beers," according to their Facebook page. Now, the rock duo blends their musical influences and delivers a high-energy, original show each time with their bandmates. Murphy's Ford was a national finalist for the NASH Next Competition and state finalist for the Texaco Country Showdown, and will perform as special guest with Logan Mize on May 11 at The Blue Note in Columbia and with Old Dominion's Make It Sweet Tour stop June 22 at Ozarks Amphitheater in Camdenton.
Presented by Downtown Jefferson City, Thursday Night Live will run 7-10 p.m., instead of 6-9 p.m. like in past years, as the time change is intended to help prevent area retailers from having to shut down early, Angela Nale of the Downtown Jefferson City Association previously told the News Tribune.
Only the 200 block of East High Street will be closed, instead of three blocks as in past years.
The festival also is hosting five Thursday Night Live events through October, stepping away from the every-Thursday events held throughout June in past years. The remaining Thursday Night live events will feature a variety of popular Mid-Missouri headliners: Dope A$$ Sneakers on June 13, The Dave Baker Band on Aug. 8, The Kay Brothers on Sept. 12 and ChristiAna on Oct. 24 for the Zombie Night Live 2019 series finale.
Admission costs $5 for attendees age 13 and older and $2 for children ages 4-12.
While children are welcome, Thursday Night Live is not a child-oriented event due to alcohol being served in the event area, the Downtown Association has emphasized. Attendees younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and no pets are allowed. Free parking is available in the city garage off Madison Street.
News Tribune reporter Jeff Haldiman contributed information to this story.