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Today's Putnam Museum Rooftop Tom Petty Tribute Concert Moved Indoors

Rooftop concert returns to Putnam — this one featuring Tom Petty tunes | Fun and Entertainment |                                                                                                   

Kim Findlay, the CEO and president of the Putnam Museum, called the view from the roof was “close to exhiliarting.”

"It was just joyful," she said. 

This is how Findlay described last year's first rooftop concert featuring a Beatles tribute while the museum had the "Magical History Tour" exhibit at the venue. Initially, it was planned as a one-time event. As soon as it ended with an encore of “Let it Be,” however, a plan was forming for another rooftop concert.

So,  here it is...set for TODAY, Saturday, May 12th. But it's gonna be INDOORS because of cool conditions and the possibility of more rainfall.

The second annual rooftop concert, set for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, takes inspiration from Tom Petty’s 2008 Super Bowl halftime show and is tied to the museum’s current blockbuster exhibit, “Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame," which runs through June 3.

Quad-City based singer Jason Carl and other area musicians will pay tribute to Petty, who died on Oct. 2, 2017. 

Carl performed at the inaugural rooftop concert and his band played a Tom Petty tribute show at the Redstone Room on New Year's Eve. 

"He has always been one of my favorite songwriters since I was a kid," Carl said. "Covering someone like Tom Petty, you can tell people enjoy it." 

Findlay said the event's organizers are better prepared for larger crowds this weekend. Last year, because 1500 people showed up (with perfect weather) there were long lines for food and drinks. 

"We know more of what to expect this time," Findlay said. "We're ready."

And she's not counting on this being the last time the Putnam hosts live music on its roof.

"I won't be surprised if there's a 3rd annual and beyond," she said.  

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