The nonprofit Fredericksburg All Ages will host a series of live concerts at Market Square this summer, something the founder said the organization has never done before.
Fredericksburg All Ages (FAA) is a nonprofit all-ages music project in Fredericksburg that is dedicated to youth empowerment, youth leadership and affordable music and arts programming.
"I think it is going to be a really awesome experience for people in the community and bands in the community," said Adam Bray, the founder of FAA, which held its first show in September 2006.
Bray said turnout to FAA shows in the summer has been historically low, so the nonprofit came up with the idea to buy a PA system and rent out Market Square for eight live shows for local youth bands.
"We decided to just sort of take the stress of turnout and everything like that off the table and provide something for the Fredericksburg community and have free concerts, modeled after Fort Reno concerts in northwest Washington, DC, where it is just a great opportunity for people to come to together, all ages, families, to hang out, see and hear live music."
FAA will seek out sponsors for some of the shows and will provide local youth bands—those with members under the age of 21—with a real concert experience outdoors.
"We really believe in doing this and we think it is going to be fun," Bray said. "We are actually going to try to make the shows as diverse as possible. We are really going to try to make the concerts family-friendly and I expect all kinds of people to come to see a concert."
The first summer show, on Thursday, June 7, will be a CD Compilation release for the youth-run label Scissors and Tape Records.
Bray said FAA will return to regular booking in August, and he expects to announce some major bands coming through Fredericksburg in the fall.
Fredericksburg All Ages show dates
All shows start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9 p.m at Market Square, 908 Princess Anne St.