Live music starts at 7 p.m. from the front porch of Lakewood Public Library

Rhythmic, soothing and danceable – it’s no wonder reggae music remains wildly popular decades after the death of icon Bob Marley.  This revered musical style will echo through Downtown Lakewood next Friday, July 7, when Carlos Jones opens LakewoodAlive’s 2017 Front Porch Concert Series.

Carlos Jones Front Porch Concert Series

Photo Credit: Carlos Jones

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 from 7 to 9 p.m. for 11 consecutive Fridays.  The series, which aims to foster and sustain Lakewood’s vibrancy while providing a family-friendly summer entertainment option, runs through September 15.

Week 1 of the series brings to the stage local reggae star Carlos Jones.  A key figure within the Cleveland reggae scene for nearly 40 years, he has toured extensively throughout the region for decades, gaining a large and loyal following of reggae enthusiasts.

Carlos Jones specializes in traditional roots reggae, which was first popularized by Bob Marley.  This pleasing style features rhythmic melodies and harmonies with emphasis on acoustic and percussion.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the return of this Lakewood summer tradition,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive.  “The Front Porch Concert Series has evolved into a major family entertainment option within our downtown district, and Carlos Jones is the perfect musician to kick off the 2017 series.”

Now in its seventh 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.  Visit for more information.

The Front Porch Concert Series is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor:
Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James

Encore Sponsors:
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture | Lakewood Public Library

Harmony Sponsors:
City of Lakewood | Cleveland Clinic Lakewood | Cox Communications | Lion and Blue | Vance Music Studios