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Hear GI brings live music back to Railside

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 9:24 PM CDT
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Grand Island, Neb. (KSNB) - After nearly two years of not being able to bring live music to Railside Plaza due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hear Grand Island finally returned with its summer concert series on Friday.

From 7-11 p.m., they had bands perform, food trucks and dogs roaming around from the Central Nebraska Humane Society.

People who missed the concert series last year were happy to be back.

“We went every night, every Friday night two-years-ago, so yes we’ve been looking forward to this for awhile,” said Grand Island Native Greg Lytle.

Hear GI will be having concerts every Friday night from Jun. 4 - Aug. 6 from 7 - 11 p.m.

It’s completely free for all ages to stop by and enjoy the music.

Amur Equipment Finance in Grand Island is actually sponsoring the concert series this summer and they’re also working on expanding the plaza.

They asked their employees what they would like to see happen within the company and many of them requested an outdoor space where they can take a break and get lunch.

After being in Grand Island for nearly 25 years, they decided to give them what they wanted.

“This will be the city’s property, you know, we plan on partnering with the Railside Business Improvement District, we just want to help support it financially, to get it off the ground,” Todd WainWright said. “We know our employees will take advantage of it but it’ll be city property and open to everyone.”

They plan to invest half of $650,000 dollars to the project. They hope to expand all the way back towards Front Street and add tons of greenery, seating areas and a band pit to the addition.

“There’s still a lot to do for the project,” Wainwright said. “There’s still a lot of funds to be raised but we’re proud to be most likely the primary contributor to the funds of the expansion and spearhead this project.”

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