— The Hendersonville City Council has voted to allow live music to be held in downtown.
The Henderson-Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce has partnered with The Henderson-Madison-Chatham County Arts Council to bring music and arts events to downtown, as well as to host an open mic night and other community events.
The festival on Saturday will be hosted by local musicians, including the Hendersonville High School Band.
The council approved the ordinance Monday, calling it the city’s first major move in the region to allow music and dance in the downtown core.
Hendersonville is also working to have a concert series open up the city to music and its effects on the community, said council member Jim St. Louis, who represents the area.
“We’re really excited about it,” St., the council’s executive director, said of the council moving forward with the ordinance.
“It’s about giving the downtown people a place to go to feel comfortable with their own voices and to share in the vibes.”
The city has hosted concerts at the Capitol Theater, The Center for the Arts and other venues in the past.
The festival will be held at the Madison County Arts Center.
A full schedule of events will be released in the coming weeks.
The council also will hold a public hearing on the ordinance on Nov. 18.