Popular Live Music Program Returns for 12 Weeks Starting June 22

There will be a dozen opportunities this summer to enjoy free, live music in a welcoming Downtown Lakewood environment.

2018 Front Porch Concert Series

The 2018 Front Porch Concert Series kicks off on June 22. (Alex Belisle Photography)

LakewoodAlive announces the diverse and talented lineup of musical performers for the 2018 Front Porch Concert Series sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James.  See the schedule below for weekly performers comprising the popular live music program, which takes place each Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. from June 22 through Sept. 7 on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library.

The 2018 edition of the Front Porch Concert Series will offer something for every musical taste.  From folk to rock to jazz, each weekly concert remains family-friendly while delving into diverse musical genres.  Like a crowd-pleasing encore performance, this Lakewood summer tradition is sure to delight its audience.

The concert series kicks off June 22 with the return of crowd favorite Becky Boyd & The Groove Train.  Boyd, a renowned vocalist, and her band offered an exhilarating performance last summer by performing a dynamic set list that spanned blues to jazz to classic rock.

2018 Front Porch Concert Series

The 2018 Front Porch Concert Series features live music for 12 consecutive Friday evenings. (Azure Imaging)

The remainder of the schedule features reunions with popular past performers like Ernie Krivda and FireSide, as well as a variety of exciting newcomers to the Front Porch Concert Series.  A children’s concert will be held on August 17, and the 2018 series concludes with a performance on September 7 by The Light Of Day Band, an energetic five-part group known to fill a dance floor.

Now in its ninth 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.  Concert-goers are encouraged to bring family, friends, snacks, blankets and chairs.  In the event of inclement weather, the affected concert will be moved inside Lakewood Public Library.

“We’re thrilled to unveil the performers for our 2018 Front Porch Concert Series,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive.  “This series has evolved into a major family entertainment option within our downtown district, creating a Lakewood summer tradition that supports our dedicated mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods within our city.”

2018 Front Porch Concert Series Schedule
(All concerts start at 7 p.m. on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library)


6.22.18:           Becky Boyd & The Groove Train
6.29.18:           Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts


7.  6. 18:           The Rough & Tumble
7. 13.18:           The Lakewood Music Collective
7.20.18:            Mimi Arden
7.27.18:            Drumplay


8.  3. 18:           The Corner Store Funk Band
8. 10.18:           FireSide
8. 17.18:           Mr. Eric’s Music (children’s concert)
8.24.18:            Ernie Krivda
8. 31.18:          The Chris Vance Quartet


9. 7.18:            The Light Of Day Band

2018 Front Porch Concert Series

The Front Porch Concert Series offers a family-friendly entertainment option. (Alex Belisle Photography)


For more information regarding the 2018 Front Porch Concert Series, please visit LakewoodAlive.org/FrontPorchConcerts.

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
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center
The Exchange
Lakewood Public Library
Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC)

Harmony Sponsors:
City of Lakewood
The Lakewood Music Collective
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