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Denton rocks out with Twilight Tunes

Denton rocks out with Twilight Tunes

July 13
11:14 2012

Ashley-Crystal Firstley / Intern

enton residents hustle over to the Courthouse-on-the-Square on a warm Thursday night to unload bags of food and drinks, prop their lawn chairs open and cover the ground with blankets.

Bone Doggie and the Hickory Street Hellraisers test out their instruments for a brief sound check as the sun sinks toward the horizon. The sky is a dark shade of blue and orange when the band starts.

Every Thursday in May and June, the Denton Main Street Association hosts Twilight Tunes, a free concert on the Square for residents to enjoy an evening of live music, ice cream and the sunset at one of the city’s most scenic spots.

“It just really is a way to highlight Denton’s ability to recreate itself and recreate fun in its own way,” said Christine Gossett, event coordinator at DMSA.

For 19 years, Twilight Tunes has featured Denton musicians who entertain families, friends and neighbors with music that varies from country to rock to jazz. Gossett describes it as a casual, laid-back experience in the heart of town.

She said the tunes have always drawn a large crowd, but she has noticed a significant growth in the last four years, with average attendance swelling from about 100 people to almost 500.

“I think a lot of people when they’re downtown they just think of it as their home,” Gossett said. “It’s like being in their own front yard and it’s fun to just be with their fellow Denton neighbors.”

Local bands that have performed include Miss Polly and Her Tiny Big Band, The Dave Thomas Band and The Monday Makers.

The concert receives support from local businesses and UNT Athletics, she said.

Beth Marie’s sells ice cream at the shows to give guests a chance to cool down, and UNT Athletics regularly brings along a bounce house for children.

“Everybody has something to bring to the event that gives it some more appeal and a little bit broader scope,” Gossett said.

Denton resident Barbara Angel, 65, moved back to Denton 25 years ago and said she loves its small-town feel. It was her fifth time at Twilight Tunes.

Bill and Cindy DeFoore said they enjoy the family atmosphere and how people of all ages in the community come together.

“Last time we saw an infant that had to be like 10 days old and a guy that had to be like 90,” Cindy said. “That’s what’s great, that you have a wide spread of people who come out.”

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