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Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce and supporting sponsors are responsible for the organization , management and funding of the Friday Night Music Series ( FNMS ). The headlining bands are reviewed and hand-picked by Entertainment Director Rich Firato , whose son Nick Firato handles all sponsorships and contracts . FNMS offers onsite purchase of beer , wine , hotdogs , loaded baked potatoes , pulled pork sandwiches , kettle corn , and more ! This is a family friendly and community centric event . Rich Firato encourages community members to invite a friend , bring a lawn chair , and dance the night away !
Price
FREE for anyone and everyone to attend . Kids love to run on the grass and drink fresh-squeezed lemonade ; adults enjoy lounging in chairs on the grass , tapping a foot to the music ; everyone likes to show off their newest dance moves on the dance floor when the main band takes the stage
Location
At Morgan Hill ' s Downtown Amphitheatre , next to the Community and Cultural Center at the intersection of Monterey and Dunne Ave
Volunteers
Beer / Wine Pourers are ALL volunteers from local businesses and the community at large ; the Chamber contracts with Silicon Valley Children ’ s Fund , previously TeenForce , to provide local youth with an opportunity to gain hands-on event planning and management experience .
Food
The Kiwanis club provides multiple onsite dinner options and donates 100 % of the nightly proceeds to their scholarship program . New this year , the Morgan Hill Grange will offer onsite nachos and donate 100 % back into community scholarships . Warm Kettle Corn and Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade are prepared by local vendor Cal Coast Kettle Corn .
Beer / Wine
Beer cooler provided by Bottomley Distributing ; ONLY local wines are poured , including Guglielmo , Martin Ranch , Fortino Winery , Morgan Hill Cellars and more . All beverages available for onsite CASH purchase with an ID-band .
Music
New this year , we are bringing back the tribute bands so you can enjoy the classics songs of Foreigner , Journey , Santana and STYX . Also , new this year , opening bands and local recording artists will grace the stage along with our traditional “ Emerging Artist Young Performers ” courtesy of local music schools , “ Music in Motion ,” and “ Music As Language .”
Vendors
Local businesses are encouraged to set up vendor booths during the nights of the series to use as a platform to connect with the community and bring visibility to their services / causes .
Attendance
We generally host approximately 1,500-2,000 attendees depending on the band , weather and date . People come from all over Silicon Valley and even as far north as Livermore to attend the concerts and support their favorite bands .
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