May 14, 2024

Sounds of Summer returns to downtown St. Joseph Friday

Posted May 14, 2024 4:13 PM
Coleman Hawkins Park/file photo
Coleman Hawkins Park/file photo


St. Joseph Post

Sounds of Summer returns to downtown St. Joseph this Friday.

The annual free concert series will again be held at Coleman Hawkins Park at Felix Street Square.

St. Joseph Downtown Association Executive Director Wendy Lilly says the concerts draw a diverse audience to the downtown, adding, if you haven’t been downtown for a while.

“Please check it out, because it has been revitalized,” Lilly tells host Barry Birr on the KFEQ Hotline. “So, to be able to be at night, downtown, live music. It’s a really cool atmosphere that a lot of other towns maybe don’t have. So, we’re real lucky to have that here.”

Sounds of Summer kicks off with a performance by Blue Oyster Culture Club. The free concerts will be held every third Friday through October. There will be two in June; Vinyl Revival on June 7th and The Vincents on June 21st.

Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, but no coolers. Drinks, including alcohol, and food will be available at the concession area.

Lilly says it takes a lot of work to organize and pull off the free concert series, adding the nonprofit association leans heavily on the goodwill and work of its volunteers.

“We have volunteers that make this happen,” Lilly says. “So, without having the volunteers, none of this would happen. The Downtown Association is really for the promotion of downtown and the welfare of downtown and making sure that there is a safe environment for things like this to happen, for all of the events that we sponsor.”

The series kicks off Friday night at 6:30 at Coleman Hawkins Park in Felix Street Square with a performance by Blue Oyster Culture Club.

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