BRIDGEPORT — Mayor Bill Finch and Bridgeport’s Downtown Special Services District on Wednesday announced the musical lineup for the fifth installment of the city’s Free Concert Series on Thursdays.
This announcement comes with a new format for the concert series, which includes at least two musical performances that will extend each event from 5:30-9:00 p.m.
“Bridgeport is becoming an arts and culture powerhouse in the Northeastern U.S.,” Finch said. “And, that’s happening because of events like Downtown Thursdays. I’m looking forward to seeing large crowds gathering for live music in our revitalized downtown, which is home to many great restaurants and bars for concert goers to enjoy.”
The first event will take place on June 19 at 5:30 p.m. at McLevy Green, which is just a few short blocks away from the Bridgeport Metro Rail Station and Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority.
These events are open to people of all, and the festivities are free to the public.
Downtown Thursdays Schedule:
Ø Thursday, June 19: Vinny and Ray Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz, Orquesta Afinke
Ø Thursday, June 26: Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Jen Durkin and the Business
Ø Thursday, July 3: N/A – Break for Independence Day weekend
Ø Thursday, July 10: The Elements of Hip Hop with DJ Billy Busch, DJ Grand Wizard Stevie, DJ Kool Keith, DJ White Flash
Ø Thursday, July 17: Alpaca Gnomes, Beach Avenue, Liza Colby Sound
Ø Thursday, July 24: Mikata, Son 7
Ø Thursday, July 31: Soulshot, Mystic Bowie
Ø Thursday, August 7: Girls on Bikes (opening for CT Free Shakespeare, 8pm performances August 6-10)
Ø Thursday, August 14: Pocket Hotties, karaoke talent night
Ø Thursday, August 21: The Zambonis, Mates of States
Ø Thursday, August 28: Superhero, That ‘80s Band, Soul Synergy
“We’re thrilled about this year’s line-up and new format,” said Kim Morque, Chairman of the Bridgeport DSSD. “With genres spanning from Latin to indie, rock to reggae, and funk & soul to old school hip-hop, our Downtown Thursdays have you covered, regardless of your musical preference.”
Sponsors for Downtown Thursdays include: City of Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch; Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District; Bridgeport Bluefish; Webster Bank Arena; Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment; Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, LLC; Forstone Capital Holdings; Main State Ventures; Bridgeport Regional Business Council; The United Illuminating Company; Aquarion Water Company; Barnum Publick House; Bistro B; Carlson Corporation; Fairfield University; Ginsburg Development Corporation; POKO Partners LLC; ServPro; Cohen and Wolf; Narragansett Brewing Company; Greater Bridgeport Transit; Connoisseur Media, Star 99.9, 99.1 PLR, 95.9 FOX and CTBoom.com; BOMBA 97.1 FM; Radio Cumbre 1450 AM; and WPKN 89.5 FM.
For more information, and to follow the Downtown Thursdays summer line-up, please visit: www.downtownthursdays.com.