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Lawrenceville concert series to conclude Friday

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville's Moonlight and Music Concert Series will hold its final installment Friday, wrapping up a successful third year.

The concerts, which are held on the fourth Friday of every month from May to September, have seen crowds ranging from 800 to 4,000 this year, said Rebekah Cline, the marketing and membership coordinator for the Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association. The largest crowd was for Shawn Mullins, a popular folk rock singer who is from the Atlanta area.

"We've seen great turnouts this year," Cline said. "It's been very well attended."

The concert series, which is held on the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse lawn, began as a way to bring business to the Lawrenceville square and show people the renovations taking place there.

"It's just a way to attract people to the downtown area and to create some life along the square," Cline said.

This week's concert will feature the Ryan Casper Band, a country rock group. Casper was raised in Gainesville and has opened for artists including Josh Turner, John Berry and John Anderson.

Seating on the lawn is free and people are encouraged to bring picnic dinners or visit one of the restaurants in downtown Lawrenceville before the concert begins at

8 p.m.

Reserved seating for tables of six can be purchased for $40 by calling the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse at 770-822-5450.

Lawn and table seating is available at 6:30 p.m.

Cline said the event has been so popular this year, local residents can expect to see it again in the future.

"This is an annual event," Cline said. "It will be back next year."