The Denton Main Street Association prepares for its 29th Annual Twilight Tunes.
Looking for some family-friendly fun on Thursday evenings this spring? Then you’ll be happy to hear that the Denton Main Street Association will host the 29th Annual Twilight Tunes every Thursday evening from April 28th to June 30th. This free weekly music event takes place from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on the lawn around the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum.
According to Christine Gossett, executive director of the Denton Main Street Association, this year’s Twilight Tunes format returns to how it was pre-pandemic. During the COVID pandemic, Gossett says the association was able to keep the event alive through live streams of bands in a studio and parking lots of concerts. Then in the spring of 2021, Twilight Tunes returned outside with reserved seating.
This year Twilight Tunes returns to all open seating, allowing music lovers to spread out across the lawn around Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum. Gossett says spectators are invited to bring chairs and picnic blankets, as well as their dinner for the evening. “It is a nice way to enjoy eating out in the shade,” she adds. “We encourage them to grab some meals to go or dinner to go and bring it with them to the lawn. A lot of places will have some specials that they’ll do on Thursday nights for taking a drink and food onto the lawn, and you can go by and pick it up before you head over there.”
This year’s Twilight Tunes kicks off on April 28th with A Taste of Herb Herb Alpert Tijuana Brass Tribute Band. Then each week features a different music genre, including classic rock, swamp blues, country, smooth jazz/soul, and groove pop. The full line-up can be viewed on the Denton Main Street Association’s website.
Gossett says they always try to do a mix of music genres during Twilight Tunes that appeal to a broad range of audiences and age groups. “It (shows) a good blend of what the Denton talent pool (includes) in terms of musicians and styles,” she explains. “You might see one musician play with one band one night and then they’re in another band playing a completely different genre another night. It’s fun because you see the Denton local musicians playing and using all their great skills and talents across the board.”
And every band the Denton Main Street Association books for Twilight Tunes either is local to Denton or has a tie to the community. “Maybe they’re a frequent band at one of our clubs (or) maybe they’re alumni from here — maybe they went to school here, grew up here, moved away,” Gossett says. “It’s really a fun evening and a way to get to know some of our local musicians and talent.”
More Spring Fun
In addition to Twilight Tunes, the Denton Main Street Association has more events planned for the spring and into the summer.
For instance, the association will be hosting a Mimosa Hop on June 26th and a Margarita Mosey on July 23rd.
Then on May 22nd, the Denton Main Street Association will hold a Historic Bar Tour as part of Historic Preservation Month. “Historic Preservation Month is in May, so our County Museum has planned a lot of activities during that month,” Gossett says.
On May 21st, the association will host an open house for anyone interested in investing or leasing space in a downtown building in Denton. Called “Imagine the Possibilities,” Gossett says the event is part of a statewide effort through the Texas Main Street Programs to showcase properties available in downtown areas for sale, lease, or in need of rehabilitation.
“It’s a nice way to showcase our downtown, but also to let people know there are still opportunities to bring a business downtown or to move your business to downtown and into new space,” Gossett explains. “We have some great efforts taking place in some parts of our downtown corridor for improvements. This will be an opportunity for people to come out and take a look at what might be available.”
The 29th Annual Twilight Tunes runs every Thursday evening from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm from April 28 to June 30, 2022, on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Lawn. Click here for the full band schedule.