The annual Downtown Live concert series in York begins in a new location Friday with an evening of rock, jazz, blues, country bluegrass and Americana music.
The free event, sponsored annually by the Greater York Chamber of Commerce, has been moved this year to the lawn in front of the chamber, across from the York library.
The Clooneys, a four-piece band, will perform for the opening concert.
Paul Boger, executive director of the chamber, said event leaders think the new location at 23 E. Liberty St. will be more visible and may help improve attendance. In the past, the concerts have been in the parking lot of Whitesides Cleaners on Congress Street.
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“It would make it nice for people to sit on the grass or bring a blanket to sit on or chairs,” Boger said. “And we felt like a grass surface would make it a little cooler.
“For those reasons, we felt like it would create a little more welcoming, pleasant atmosphere, and maybe we would end up with more people who would come out and enjoy the music.”
He said parking will be along Gardner Street next to the chamber, and cones will be set up to mark that area.
The summer concerts are presented from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on the third Friday of each month from May to June, and on Aug. 21 as a kickoff for the Summerfest celebration.
Adult beverages, food and drinks will be sold and there will be a 50/50 drawing.
Performers for the remaining concerts are: June 19, Flickted, a four-piece group that performs ’80s music, R&B and country; July 17, Carolina Rhythm Band, a six-piece band that does beach, Motown, country and classic rock; and Aug. 21, Flashback, a seven-piece group that performs Motown, beach, disco and rock.
Jennifer Becknell • 803-329-4077