Popular Live Music Program Returns for 10 Weeks Starting June 28

There will be 10 opportunities this summer to enjoy free, live music in a welcoming Downtown Lakewood environment.

LakewoodAlive announces the talented lineup of musical performers for the 2019 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 (7 to 9 p.m.) from June 28 through August 30 on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library.

The 2019 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 28 with a performance by The Pocket, a fun-loving band that will get the crowd grooving with a funk-fusion sound blending elements of jazz, funk and soul.  This talented group is led by Chris Vance, a Lakewoodite musician who has been instrumental in developing the Front Porch Concert Series into a marquee summer event.

The remainder of the schedule features a variety of exciting newcomers to the Front Porch Concert Series, such as the Robin Blake Sound Experiment (“wholesome beats and spontaneous grooves”), The George Martins (a Beatles cover band) and Rey Citron Latin Jazz, as well as reunions with popular past performers like Revolution Brass Band, Diana Chittester, Cats on Holiday and Drumplay.  A children’s concert will be held on July 26, and August 16 features a performance by the LMC Student Ensembles, the skillful musicians representing The Lakewood Music Collective.

Local folk artist Diana Chittester returns to the Front Porch Concert Series on July 19.

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.

“We’re excited to unveil the performers comprising our 2019 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.”

2019 Front Porch Concert Series Schedule
(All concerts start at 7 p.m. on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library)

6.28.19:            The Pocket

7. 5. 19:            The Robin Blake Sound Experiment
7. 12.19:           Revolution Brass Band
7.19.19:            Diana Chittester
7.26.19:            Mr. Eric’s Music (children’s concert)

8.  2.19:            The George Martins
8.  9.19:           Cats on Holiday
8. 16.19:           LMC Student Ensembles
8. 23.19:           Drumplay
8. 30.19:          Rey Citron Latin Jazz

For more information regarding the 2019 Front Porch Concert Series, including sponsorship opportunities, 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

Symphony 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
Play Grounds Cafe