New Bedford’s Summer Sound Series free concerts are held downtown.

NEW BEDFORD — Friday nights are about to get a whole lot more festive in downtown New Bedford. The city’s massive, dance-fueled Summer Sound Series begins June 17 and features a free concert each week, alternating between Purchase Street and Lower Union Street, with block party events featuring a variety of musical genres and the participation of local restaurants every Friday until September. 16.

“This year, the Summer Sound Series is more important than ever,” said Mayor Jon Mitchell. “The block party format on Union and Purchase streets will support downtown businesses and energize the city’s emergence post-pandemic.”

Downtown New Bedford is home to attractions such as the New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, New Bedford Art Museum, and Zeiterion Performing Arts Center.

“As a parent of two young children, I fully appreciate the value of free or low-cost community events where families can come together, enjoy local entertainment and create lasting memories,” said the City Council Speaker. , Ian Abreu. “City-sponsored events like the ‘Summer Sound Series’ not only bring our residents together, but also provide a much-needed economic boost to our downtown restaurants, retailers and museums. »

The Summer Sound Series will be at the heart of it all, with streets blocked off for Friday concerts from 6-8 p.m. Spectators can buy a drink in participating establishments and watch the concerts in the street.

This summer’s lineup includes an eclectic variety of artists.

“This year, we’re going all out and offering free concerts for 14 weeks of the summer season, and each week features a different artist,” said Amy DesRosiers, director of marketing for the Tourism and Marketing Department of the Town. “There’s funk, reggae, blues, roots rock, jazz, genre fusion bands and more. There is something for everyone and plenty of opportunities to dance.

Here is the program :

PURCHASE STREET

(between Union and William streets):

June 17: The Dope Lotus (funk/soul/groove)

July 1: Candida Rose (“KabuJazz” – Cape Verdean musical roots combined with American jazz influences)

July 15: Mid-Summah Night’s Jam by Adam Lufkin (guitar, multi-genres)

July 29: Craig DeMelo Band (singer/composer on guitar, spoken word poetry)

August 12: JAMMIN’: Tribute to Bob Marley (reggae)

August 19: World Premier Band (funk/dance/throwbacks and originals)

September 2: Hip Shot Band (upbeat dance/multiple genres/high energy event band)

UNION STREET

(between N. Water Street and Route 18):

June 24: Colby James & The Ramblers (rock’n’roll ensemble)

July 8: to be determined*

July 22: to be determined*

August 5: The Silks (rock ‘n’ roll based on Providence blues)

August 26: to be determined*

September 9: The Rosie Show (rock singer/songwriter)

September 16: Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish (bluesy dance music)

Confirmed sponsorship: Moby Dick Brewing Co.; Well served hospitality (Cisco Kitchen + Bar, The Black Whale, Cultivator Shoals, The Whale’s Tail)

Participating restaurants:

PURCHASE STREET: No Problemo, The Pour Farm Tavern, dNB Craft Kitchen

UNION STREET: PLAY Arcade, Moby Dick Brewing Co., Cultivator Shoals, Union Flats Seafood Co., Cork Wine and Tapas, Rose Alley Ale House

All concerts are subject to weather. For more information: destinationnewbedford.org

*TBDs indicate preliminary agreements with musicians whose contracts have not yet been finalized

Corina C. Butler