Longview alcohol ordinance debuts with evening concert series
A new concert series beginning Friday in Heritage Plaza will be the first to take advantage of a city ordinance allowing the sale and consumption of alcohol in the downtown park. Called Downtown Live!, the series will replace the noon Friday brown bag lunch series that’s enlivened downtown since 2005.
“We chose to start a nighttime series so that more people could attend,” said Elaine Reynolds, vice president of downtown development with the Longview Chamber of Commerce.
Though the lunch series had weekly turnouts of as many as 200 people to listen to live music, eat a sandwich and shop among vendors who set up an outdoor market, it collided with work schedules for many would-be attendees.