Ninth Street Summerfest to kick off with Toots and the Maytals

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 | 1:08 p.m. CDT; updated 11:44 a.m. CDT, Thursday, June 16, 2011

COLUMBIA — Residents can drown out the hum of the cicadas at a free outdoor concert Wednesday on Ninth Street.

The Blue Note’s Ninth Street Summerfest is set to kick off at 6 p.m. Wednesday with a free concert featuring three different bands.

The first Summerfest 2011 headliner is the classic reggae band Toots and the Maytals.

Local Americana rock band Man in the Ring and the blues-styled Honey Island Swamp Band are opening for the reggae headliner.

Toots and the Maytals is one of the original reggae bands that began about the same time as Bob Marley, The Blue Note employee Sean Allmeyer said.

The concert will have a “super chill,” family friendly atmosphere, Allmeyer said. It will be an all-standing concert, and Allmeyer said they predict about 3,000 people will attend.

The Blue Note will block Ninth Street from Broadway to Walnut, with the stage on the Broadway side.

The next Summerfest free show will be June 24 featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and a few local bands that The Blue Note is still working out, Allmeyer said.

The Blue Note plans on three additional Summerfests, though the lineups are not known yet, Allmeyer said.

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