ALLO Communications, Pinnacle Bank and Block 27 Lofts are collaborating on a free community celebration Wednesday to highlight the development of downtown Hastings.

The Block 27 Party is a family-friendly event 5:30-9:30 p.m., Wednesday on the block of First Street, between Lincoln and Hastings avenues, which is home to Block 27 Lofts, ALLO’s Hastings office and Steeple Brewing. Lincoln and Hastings avenues will remain open during the event.

Drinks are available inside Steeple’s Fellowship Hall or outside in the beer garden, where food from local vendors will also be available.

Audience members are encouraged to bring a chair, pick out a spot, and enjoy a night of music and drinks in Downtown Hastings.

The event features band the Talbott Brothers with special guest Schocke.

“What we talked about, those of us who are involved in the development down here between Pinnacle and ALLO and ourselves was just the opportunity to celebrate what’s taking place down here with all of the development, to celebrate ALLO’s growth in town and really just to put something fun on for the community,” said Dave Rippe, managing partner for the development group behind the Block 27 Lofts.

The Talbott Brothers, who are based in Portland, Oregon with Nebraska roots and have performed before in Hastings venues such as the Flatwater Festival, are coming back through the area after touring in Florida.

“A lot of stars aligned in order for us to do something really fun,” Rippe said.

Before The Talbott Brothers take the stage at 7:30 p.m., however, Schocke will perform at 6 p.m.

David Schocke is from Grand Island but now lives in Los Angeles. He continues to perform in the Tri-Cities including in the Art Bar in Hastings.

“He’s just an extremely talented young man with a great young following,” Rippe said.

Rippe said the block party is a celebration of the successes that have occurred as First Street in downtown continues to see development.

“Certainly as we’re looking at what we’re trying to do — and that is to help create and invest in things for young people to do and opportunities to bring vibrancy to downtown — having people like David and The Talbott Brothers here is right in line with that,” Rippe said.

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