A new program to entice people to downtown Paducah called Street Beat Fridays will begin Friday, July 3. Cody Campbell will be the first local musician to perform at the gazebo adding more entertainment value to your Friday night activities.
Friday’s on Market St. and Broadway are typically filled with dinner and an evening stroll through historic downtown Paducah. The gazebo located across the street from Doe’s Eat Place will feature local musicians from the community from 6 - 8 pm.
As you know, COVID is responsible for limited capacity indoor seating at restaurants, therefore, Market St. is closed over the weekend in order to add more outdoor seating. Now, diners will get to hear ‘live music’ while they enjoy their meal.
Street Beat was developed by the Paducah Parks and Recreation Department to support local musicians and provide a ‘musical ambiance’ for those enjoying downtown Paducah.
The first entertainer. Cody Campbell is the son of Clay and Barbie Campbell, longtime entertainers and founders of the Kentucky Opry located in Draffenville. Young Campbell played at the Opry as a keyboard player and singer for 10 years before moving to Nashville to pursue his musical career.
In recent months, Campbell has played at the Fox Briar Inn Paducah, a holiday concert in Paris, TN, and at the Dam Brewhaus in Benton, KY.
The Campbell’s started the Kentucky Opry in 1988. The Kentucky Opry Theatre is located at the juncture of Hwy 68 and 641 in Draffenville, KY.
Other local musicians will be performing during the months of July and August. Local restaurants in downtown Paducah include Doe's Eat Place, Max’s Brick Oven, Shandies, Paducah Axe, Grill 211, Cynthia’s Ristorante, Freight House and soon to open Broussard’s Cajun Cuisine. There are other specialty food and drink businesses downtown such as Craving the Curls Rolled Ice Cream and Barrel & Bond open in the evenings.