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Thursday Night Live returning to Washington July 16

Municipal band not playing this year due to social distancing concerns

Large crowds gathered for the annual Thursday Night Live concerts in Washinton’s Central Park. This year the crowds will be encouraged to social distance and wear masks as they enjoy local music. (Photo courtesy of Alisha Davis)
Large crowds gathered for the annual Thursday Night Live concerts in Washinton’s Central Park. This year the crowds will be encouraged to social distance and wear masks as they enjoy local music. (Photo courtesy of Alisha Davis)
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WASHINGTON — Visitors at Washington’s farmers market will have entertainment to look forward to as Thursday Night Live returns.

Washington Chamber of Commerce Event Coordinator Alisha Davis said seven performances will take place Thursdays beginning July 16 until Aug. 27 in Washington’s Central Park. The entertainment will be moved back this year to begin at 6 p.m.

“We’re having seven performers this year, and we have a few new ones added, but mainly there are ones that have been with us before,” she said.

The Washington Municipal Band will not be playing this year due to concerns about the coronavirus.

“We are all disappointed, but we are following the example of many of the other bands in the state of Iowa,” said Washington Municipal Band Board President Paul Towner in a statement.

Towner cited problems with social distancing as well as many of the band members being in the at-risk category as reasons the board decided not to play.

However, a new addition will be performers from the Washington Community Theater. Because their theater season was canceled, they are looking for a place to perform, Davis said.

Social distancing will be encouraged in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“We recommend that groups of 10 or less stay 6 feet apart,” she said.

For those looking for local entertainment, the following acts will be playing:

July 16: Mad Creek Mudcats

July 23: Patrick Hazel

July 30: The Lone Soul

Aug. 6: A Way Way Way off-Broadway Review

Aug. 13: James Crossroads

Aug. 20: The Boys

Aug. 27: Pennies on the Rail