You may have already embarked on a summer vacation yet a musical journey still awaits. Keystone Laboratory brings its adventurous collection of funky, danceable tunes to Downtown Lakewood this Friday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. as part of LakewoodAlive’s Front Porch Concert Series.
Sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, the Front Porch Concert Series features free, live music on the front porch of Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue) in Downtown Lakewood for 12 consecutive Fridays. The series, which aims to foster and sustain Lakewood’s vibrancy while providing a family-friendly summer entertainment option, runs through September 16.
Week 8 brings to the stage Keystone Laboratory. This unique musical act describes itself as “An adventurous psychedelic musical celebration of the roots, and beyond, of American and world music.” The band, which routinely plays Music Box Supper Club in The Flats, consists of Dan Shramo (guitar), Tony Aseff (guitar), Travis Gates (bass) and Tim Lane (drums).
Keystone Laboratory takes its musical inspiration from the late Jerry Garcia, the famed lead guitarist and songwriter for the Grateful Dead. The name “Keystone” refers to a small music venue in Berkeley, California, where Garcia often played casually with his friends when he wasn’t on the road touring. Friday’s concert will intertwine Keystone Laboratory’s original music with Garcia’s songs, with both paying tribute to the late musician.
“We pride ourselves on the diversity of the musical styles comprising our Front Porch Concert Series, and Keystone Laboratory provides a perfect example of the uniqueness of these performance offerings,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director for LakewoodAlive.
Now in its sixth year, the popular Front Porch Concert Series adds vibrancy and an enhanced sense of community to Lakewood’s urban core, drawing several thousand attendees annually. Each week showcases a different style of music while Lakewoodites and visitors enjoy an entertaining evening at an open-air venue. Attendees are encouraged to bring family, friends, snacks, blankets and chairs.
The Front Porch Concert Series is generously supported by the following sponsors: Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, City of Lakewood, Cox Communications, Discount Drug Mart, Lakewood Public Library, Lion & Blue, Paisley Monkey, Pillars of Lakewood and Vance Music Studios.