Danville Express

Newsfront - October 5, 2007

Danville gets ready to rock this weekend

Downtown offering live music for folks to enjoy after LPGA events in Blackhawk

by Jordan M. Doronila

Get ready to rock 'n' roll when golf balls fly this weekend in Blackhawk Country Club.

Brazilian, acoustic, rock and big bands will play their guitars, beat their drums and sing their songs when people arrive in downtown Danville after the LGPA Longs Drugs Challenge games finish tonight and tomorrow, Oct. 5 and 6.

Discover Danville Association, the Town of Danville and the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring "Danville Rocks," a music event to attract tourney attendees to visit downtown.

"I wouldn't call it a block party but I would call it a celebration of the LPGA," said Wayne Wickham, president and executive director of Discover Danville.

Town and chamber staff will man a booth during tournament play, handing out fliers and giving out information about what Danville has to offer. The local groups organized Danville Rocks to offer more entertainment for people downtown.

"The whole goal is to tell people what's going on and get them downtown," said Jill Bergman, town economic development coordinator.

Danville Rocks will be from 6-9 p.m. Three bands will perform on Friday and four on Saturday, Wickham said. The musicians will be playing on Hartz, Railroad and Prospect avenues.

Additionally, the Museum of the San Ramon Valley will hold an LGPA event open house on Saturday and showcase a 17-piece big band and a golf history display.

"We want them to come downtown; we want them to eat," said Melony Newman, president of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce. "We want people to come down and patronize our businesses. That's for sure."

The 12th annual Long Drugs Challenge, which is being held at Blackhawk Country Club for the second year in a row, began yesterday, Oct. 4, and ends Sunday, Oct. 7. Qualifying golfers from the Ladies Professional Golf Association will be playing at the event. Lorena Ochoa, the No. 1-ranked female golfer in the world, will be there, competing with the LGPA's finest.

The tournament's purse is $1.1 million, with $165,000 going to the winner.

Danville had bands playing in different venues downtown last year also but upped the ante in promoting the music this year to increase patronage. This year, Bergman hopes the increased promotion will make a difference.

"We wanted to make it fun," she said.

Contact Jordan M. Doronila at jdoronila@DanvilleWeekly.com

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