Bolivar Music on the Square
Just before dusk, underneath the cover of Bolivar’s twinkling, artfully strung lights over the square, there is music about to be made. Like every other Friday between early May and the third weekend in October, people bring blankets to sit on the grass, others bring lawn chairs and small coolers. Just like a cookout or a Friday night home football game, you can feel that this event is a staple in the community, as well as an attraction for others in the area. Sitting on the grassy hill, you can hear the laughter and see the joy on faces, as couples dance and children laugh. A Bolivar local, Nancy Dellinger, told us that Music on the Square is a “fantastic, wonderful event that we have,” and that statement couldn’t be truer.
The bands and music have enough variety for all ears and all years. A few examples of the music available are Elvis performers, local bluegrass bands, or heart-warming gospel choirs. Whatever your pleasure or whenever you stop by, you'll be treated to a musical extravaganza, and you can bet Music on the Square will be a hit every week. “The Music on the Square started with just 3 or 4 bands and has grown each year since the first Music on the Square 10 years ago,” Executive Director of the Hardeman County Chamber of Commerce, Kandy Shackelford, stated.
If you are free this Friday, take the beautiful, scenic drive to Bolivar Square and witness the one-of-a-kind performances for yourself. And don’t worry about missing any of the bands in case you get hungry—there is a food truck selling classic fair food for the event (but make sure to bring cash). If you cannot make it to Bolivar, the city streams the performances on Facebook Live and so far have reached 11,000 views in one stream.
Don’t let the rain keep you away!
The city is in the process of renovating the Luez Theater and it is scheduled to be finished mid-July. The Luez Theater opened in 1948. After closing, the theater fell into disrepair, but the city is bringing it back to its former glory. If Music on the Square faces a rain out, the performances will be held in the historical theater, once the renovation is completed.
Come to Music on the Square. The people are nice, there’s delicious food at your fingertips, and in the case of inclement weather, there is somewhere to go and still enjoy all the tunes and fun of Bolivar Music on the Square.
If you represent an established band and would like to inquire about booking a session, please contact Calvin Howell at 901-485-0211.