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

It’s a percussion party and you’re invited when local favorite band Drumplay visits Lakewood Public Library for Week 9 of LakewoodAlive’s Front Porch Concert Series this Friday, August 23.

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 10 consecutive Fridays.  The series, which aims to foster Lakewood’s vibrancy while providing a family-friendly summer entertainment option, runs through August 30.

Week 9 of the series is presented by Lion and Blue and features Drumplay, a Cleveland-based ensemble that fuses jazz and folk elements while using world rhythms with a percussive pulse.  Founded in 1992, this mainstay on Northeast Ohio’s music scene originally formed to play a show in place of another band that had just disbanded.  Since then, it has spent many years wowing audiences with a unique sound built on improvised percussion.

During its 25+ year history, Drumplay has performed with numerous talented musicians, toured both regionally and within Europe, released multiple studio albums and been named winners of the Best World Music Act in the Cleveland Free Times Music Awards.  The band consists of J. Scott Franklin (trumpet, flugelhorn, lead vocals), George Lee (acoustic bass, whistling, vocals), James Onysko (djembe, bongos, bells, conch shells) and John Stebal (drum kit).   

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

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 Café