For eight years running, LakewoodAlive’s Front Porch Concert Series has brought live music to the front steps of Lakewood Public Library on summer Friday evenings, beckoning families and concert-goers alike to the heart of the city.

Experience LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series

The 2018 Front Porch Concert Series kicks off on Friday, June 22.

Sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, the Front Porch Concert Series returns starting June 22 and features a wide variety of free, live music for 12 consecutive Fridays.  From folk to rock to Ernie Krivda’s trademark jazz, each weekly concert delves into diverse musical genres, satisfying nearly any musical taste.  And, thanks to support from Lakewood Public Library and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Front Porch Concert Series hits the sweet spot for delivering superb live music at our nationally-renowned library.

But just as there are many different styles of music, there’s more than one way to enjoy this Downtown Lakewood summer tradition.  In the spirit of LakewoodAlive’s recent announcement of the musical performers comprising this year’s lineup, here are four ways to experience the Front Porch Concert Series:

1. Bring a Lawn Chair
Before indulging in terrific live music, it never hurts to get comfortable. Arrive early and set up your chair or blanket near the front steps of Lakewood Public Library to ensure a great vantage point. Don’t forget to bring snacks or carryout dinner from a nearby local restaurant.

Experience LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series

You can’t go wrong with dancing at the Front Porch Concert Series. (Alex Belisle Photography)

2. Invite Family and Friends
Great company makes nearly any experience more enjoyable and the Front Porch Concert Series is no exception. Bring your spouse, child, parent, cousin and best friend with you for a memorable evening of live music in Downtown Lakewood. The more attendees, the merrier.  The Front Porch Concert Series is, after all, free and family-friendly.

3. Wear Your Dancing Shoes
Sometimes you simply need to cut the proverbial rug. This need rings particularly true at the end of the workweek on Friday evenings, and you shouldn’t deny yourself this opportunity. Dancing is strongly encouraged during the Front Porch Concert Series.  When a catchy beat starts to play, don’t ignore the impulse to move to the music.

4. Visit a Neighborhood Establishment
If you care to complement your concert-going experience with superb food and drink, then you’re in luck. Several Downtown Lakewood restaurants and bars sit in close proximity to the front steps of Lakewood Public Library, offering patio seating for your viewing and listening pleasure. For some fans of the Front Porch Concert Series, this just might be the best of both worlds.

For more information regarding the 2018 Front Porch Concert Series, please visit

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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