Summerfest to kick off with Edward Sharpe

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 | 4:42 p.m. CDT; updated 9:41 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 4, 2014

COLUMBIA — At least 2,000 people were expected to attend the Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros concert Wednesday for the first Ninth Street Summerfest show of the season.

Summerfest, The Blue Note's live outdoor music festival, consists of about half a dozen concerts spread throughout the season, according to the organizer’s Facebook page. The shows usually attract 3,000 to 4,000 fans.

"It brings all members of the community together to a central location," said Melina Loggia, who works at The Blue Note.

Other artists scheduled for this year's Summerfest include Randy Houser, who will perform June 26, according to The Blue Note’s concert calendar.

Summerfest shows take place on Ninth Street between Broadway and Walnut.

The Edward Sharpe show was scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. The indie folk band, which is best known for its hit song "Home," was set to perform without its iconic female vocalist. The band recently parted ways with singer Jade Castrinos. New Orleans artist Crash, who blends Americana, soul and folk, was scheduled to open the show.

Tickets for Wednesday's show were $25 and were still available online and at The Blue Note’s box office as of Wednesday afternoon.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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