Shawn Mullins played on the median here in Columbus last night, to the biggest audience I’ve ever seen out for a show. The whole celebration was dreamed up by Buddy Nelms, the owner of The Loft, who’s been in business for 20 years.
Buddy deserves a lot of credit for making downtown what it is today — there was a really great article in the ledger-enquirer about the Loft, its inception, and history. Shawn Mullins played there on his way to stardom, way back when.
Certainly missed at the party was Marshall Ruffin, but we still get to hear him from time to time when he plays in Columbus. The Neal Lucas Band was great, as was Keni Thomas, a Columbus native, reunited with his band Cornbread.