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

They gathered around a bonfire one summer evening to enjoy good company and the soothing crackle created by the flames.  Little did they know the experience would ultimately result in FireSide – the outstanding acoustic rock band performing at LakewoodAlive’s Front Porch Concert Series this Friday, August 10.

FireSide Lakewood

FireSide takes the stage for Week 8 of the Front Porch Concert Series this Friday, August 10.  (Photo courtesy of FireSide)

Sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James, the Front Porch Concert Series features free, live music on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue) in Downtown Lakewood from 7 to 9 p.m. for 12 consecutive Fridays.  The series, which aims to foster Lakewood’s vibrancy while providing a family-friendly summer entertainment option, runs through September 7.

Week 8 of the series is presented by The Exchange and features FireSide, a local quintet that has amassed a large following by playing classic and current rock tunes in its own acoustic interpretations.  This Lakewood-based band consists of John Levis (Vocals/Guitar), Tom Leatherman (Vocals/Keyboards/Percussion), Lance Healy (Percussion/Harmonica), Frank Restifo (Electric Guitar/Sax/ Vocals) and Jim Latham (Bass).

FireSide – both the name and the band – originated when a group of dads played instruments around a campfire while camping with their children and the YMCA Adventure Guides.  The group enjoyed playing together and FireSide was born.  The band offers fun, unique musical renditions while covering a wide variety of classic rock artists, including Crosby, Stills & Nash, Simon & Garfunkel and The Beatles.

FireSide Lakewood

FireSide has developed a strong following by playing a unique brand of acoustic rock.  (Photo courtesy of FireSide)

Now in its ninth year, LakewoodAlive’s 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 | 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 | lion and blue