Southsider Voice correspondent
Beech Grove’s second annual Music on Main was staged Sunday on Main Street. The street festival featured seven bands on two stages, with country singer and former “American Idol” contestant Bucky Covington serving as the headliner before a large crowd.
With sunny skies serving as a canopy, the Beech Grove Chamber of Commerce provided a festive atmosphere complete with vendors displaying arts and crafts and the Beech Grove Fraternal Order of Eagles sponsoring a beer garden and cornhole tournaments.
Main Street businesses like Napoli Villa and O’Gara’s Irish Pub served food and drinks, and Jet’s Pizza, Chick-A-Boom, Edward’s Drive-In, Ella’s Frozen Yogurt, Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream, Kona Ice, The Healthy Food Truck and Julicious Savvy Mobile Eatery were on hand to sell their food.
Children were able to build a birdhouse through a workshop sponsored by Lowe’s.
Seven bands, local and from Nashville, Tenn., played. The Womblies, known for their vocals and outstanding musicians, kicked off the festivities just after 1 p.m.
They were followed by Jason Hathaway, Mike Beach, Jason Anderson – accompanied by Paul Rippy, Michael Ginsberg and Jeff Hudson – Huddle Count and Picture Yes.
Covington played a variety of songs over his two-hour set, including covers and originals. After leaving the stage and receiving an approving roar from the crowd, he returned for an encore set of four songs.
He was personable throughout the show and was as much an entertainer as a singer. It was clearly visible that he and his band enjoyed performing as much as the audience liked listening to the music.
And Covington didn’t leave when he was done singing. He stayed around for everyone wanting pictures and autographs.