Local bar brings live music to downtown Grand Island

DJ Bridwell Band performing live at the Rally on the Alley music festival at 40 North Tap and...
DJ Bridwell Band performing live at the Rally on the Alley music festival at 40 North Tap and Grill.(Diamond Nunnally, KSNB)
Published: Aug. 1, 2020 at 11:04 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Live bands singing country and rock hits could be heard at Downtown Grand Island on Saturday. People ate, drank and bobbed their heads to the music at 40 North Tap and Grill, from the early morning to the dead of night.

“We’ve really enjoyed this,” GI Resident Diane Hugh said. “We’ve got our family out here with us and when we saw this today I thought, this is a really good time to get out.”

This was all part of the bar’s new event, Rally on the Alley, a two-day outdoor festival featuring live bands, classic car shows and more.

“Live entertainment, 18 hours, nine today and nine tomorrow, vacated street and great food,” said organizer Jay Vavricek.

Dillon Gaige Band, Saucy Jack and DJ Bridwell Band performed during the event. People of all ages watched Happy D Klown perform tricks with fabric, flowers and other props. Folks also looked at old fashioned cars for their classic car shows from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

That’s what brought Hugh out to the festival. She brought her husband’s 1933 Coupe to keep his tradition alive.

“He has passed and I’m trying to keep the camaraderie with the club and everything, and still bring his car out,” Hugh said.

It cost $5 to enter and some of the proceeds will go to local non-profits in the area. The bar will match $500 to all the contributions.

“People can contribute to 1868 foundation, the United Way Compassion Fund,” Vavricek said. “We have veterans’ organizations that are also here with Harley Davidson Central.

The bar followed health guidelines. They cleaned whenever possible and only allowed 8 people per table. They also had hand sanitizer at the ticket booth.

“It’s outdoors,” Vavricek said. “It’s also an opportunity to social distance, to do what’s right and be responsible.”

40 North Tap and Grill has another full day of activities on Sunday. For more information on what they have planned, visit their website.

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