Telegraph Square's gonna rock Saturday night

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Rockin' the Square 2009 kicks it up beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The free outdoor concert featuring Mumbo Gumbo on Telegraph and Curry streets is open to all ages.

Mumbo Gumbo has been rockinâa‚¬a„¢ for 20-plus years, including the release of eight albums and countless gigs around their native Northern California.

They describe their music as a âa‚¬Å"blend many genres from rock to soul, afropop to lush balladry, zydeco to country all into a celebratory, danceable noise.âa‚¬ï¿1/2

In addition to the music, a New Orleans-style vendor experience from downtown Carson City businesses will provide authentic street cuisine.

âa‚¬Å"I canâa‚¬a„¢t wait,âa‚¬ï¿1/2 says Carson Cityâa‚¬a„¢s 30-year-old Tara Burke, âa‚¬Å"plus, Telegraph Square businesses are really adding to the Mumbo Gumbo experience. The musicâa‚¬a„¢s energy keeps you happy for a week after a show and great food and drinks just top off the memory.âa‚¬ï¿1/2

Rockinâa‚¬a„¢ the Squareâa‚¬a„¢s four corners include downtownâa‚¬a„¢s Bâa‚¬a„¢Sghettis Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, The Carson Cigar Company, Mo & Sluggos Bar and Grill and Doppelgangers Brewery.

The Carson City Redevelopment Authority began downtownâa‚¬a„¢s summer-long free outdoor concert series in June, with nine weeks of Fridayâa‚¬a„¢s at Third. The Rockinâa‚¬a„¢ the Square event concludes the 2009 season.

âa‚¬Å"Redevelopment really has done a great thing by improving infrastructure, staging, lighting, and mandating new event management protocols. This has definitely raised the standard for downtownâa‚¬a„¢s outdoor music scene,âa‚¬ï¿1/2 said the Brewery Arts Centerâa‚¬a„¢s executive director, John Procaccini, âa‚¬Å"quality event planning, programming and management creates a win-win for business and the City. Mumbo Gumbo will be a real kick!âa‚¬ï¿1/2

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