Hi there, it’s Taylor! I went to Noon Blues last Friday and it sure was a fun time. I brought my folding chair, set it up under a shady tree, grabbed a hot dog from the Butcher Block’s food stand, and I was ready to go!
Katie Hogge, a local singer/songwriter, was singing songs and playing her acoustic guitar during the Friday lunch hour in Washington Park. Hogge played a wide selection of tunes such as “2002”, “Fire Escape” and “Butterflies”. She included lots of today’s pop hits by Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, but she also included songs from the 80’s and 90’s, such as “Take On Me”. She was very skilled at playing her guitar, which was impressive given that she is only sixteen years old! I love how our Quincy arts gives so many opportunities for young people to show their love of music through performances such as Noon Blues. It is great that the community is helping the next generation find their voice and share it with others through the arts.
Several different people came out to enjoy the summer afternoon entertainment! There were many business people working downtown who walked over on their break for some lunch and a relaxing performance. Several families came out as well and set-up picnic blankets. The children were running around and playing games, all while being exposed to beautiful music in the park. I saw many groups of friends meet up at the performance as well. Even Mayor Moore was there enjoying the wonderful music and the fellowship that the Quincy arts community cultivates. This was a really great way to unwind after a busy morning and to refresh myself before the rest of the day. Making art a part of your daily life can be a great stress reliever and can bring brightness to any circumstance.
Noon Blues is every second and fourth Friday during the summer months from 12-1 pm. This lunchtime event takes place every Friday that there is a Blues in the District concert, so you have two opportunities on those Friday’s to get your summer music fix. Butcher Block is available during both Noon Blues and Blues in the District events to satisfy all of your lunchtime and dinnertime cravings.
There are two more chances to catch Noon Blues in Washington Park before the summer ends! On August 10, Cheeks McGee will be performing, and the 2018 season will wrap up with Logan Kammerer on August 24. You don’t want to miss these incredibly talented local artists! So invite your friends, bring your lawn chair, and head out to the park to enjoy the lunchtime tunes!