Music on the Mall & City Summer Concert Series

Music on the Mall
Second Fridays June 29th – September 7th from 7PM – 10PM
BID and the City are again partnering to sponsor Music on the Mall featuring live outdoor music performances in the State Street band shell from 7PM – 10PM, second and fourth Fridays June – September. The rain location for Music on the Mall is on the purple stage inside Moondog’s Lounge.

Assistant BID Director Jesse Kline shared, “In choosing the musical acts for the series, we try to cover all bases- showcase the local hometown talent, and also expose Auburnians to new acts they may not see otherwise, that represent different genres of music. We also want to attract music fans from the region to come & experience what downtown Auburn has to offer.” The open container law will be waived during the shows, so people can bring beers outside in cups and enjoy. This year’s performers in order of appearance are:

June 29th: Crossroads
July 13th: Darwin
July 27th: Root Shock
August 10th: Ya-MaMa
August 24th: Mere Mortals
September 7th: Faded Vinyl

This hometown band plays classic rock, oldies & some country. Band members include
Joanie Howland Macholl on lead vocals, Heather Bower Lee on electric bass, Connie Daloia on drums, Phil Bennink on guitar & vocals. Crossroads is a band with a variety of musical tastes to please a wide audience.

This progressive indie dance band with a dash of cosmic radiation and dark matter hails from Geneva. Band members include Laura Black on vocals & keys, Zach Schoonover on bass guitar, Aaron Holland on keyboards, and Jacob Perry on drums/percussion. Darwin: The evolving musical escapades of longtime friends in Upstate New York.

Root Shock
This high-energy roots soul dub reggae band is from Syracuse. Band Members include Jessica Brown on vocals & percussion, Bill Eppel on bass, Nick Czarkam on keyboards & electronics, Dan Valvassori on guitar, Phil Grajko on guitar & vocals and Cix Nyne on drums & vocals.

Root Shock was formed in 2012 with veteran musicians whose love of reggae music flows deep. Blending roots reggae, dancehall, heavy drum & bass and soulful vocals with conscious lyrics into positive dance music will make you want to move. Root Shock has been surprising and delighting crowds across the Central New York region, bringing their unique high-energy style spearheaded by the stunning vocals of Jessica Brown to a wide range of settings. The band’s dedication to spreading music with a positive message has paid off in entertaining, elevating, and energizing music lovers of all walks of life.

This old skool funk, reggae, jazz, groove band hails from Auburn & Syracuse. Band members are Kimberly Thompson on vocals, keys & percussion, Leon Miller on guitar & vocals, Ben Shearer on keyboards & background vocals, Dr. Rob Bridge on drums & percussion, P.J. Gibson on bass & background vocals and Dave “Rasta” Clifford on background vocals.

Musical influences for the band include Bob Marley, Greg Howe, Marcus Miller, In Living Color, Ben Harper, The Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers & Stevie Wonder.

Mere Mortals
Mere Mortals band members reside in Skaneateles; they are a classic rock cover band performing dance hits from the Rolling Stones to the Beatles. Members are Dan Finn on vocals & drums, Dave Allyn on guitar & vocals, Kristin Peenstra on vocals, trumpet, keyboards & percussion, Maureen Henesey on vocals & percussion, Al Cutri on saxophone, keyboards & percussion, Mark Kearns on bass, Jonny Bristol on guitar, and Win Price on keyboards & vocals.

Faded Vinyl
This band hailing from CNY performs 70s – 90s rock- modern, alternative and progressive and even some country. Members include John Lerner on guitar & vocals, Bryin Herzig on bass & vocals, John Martellaro on guitar & vocals, Kerry Richards on keyboards, and Jeff Richards on drums & vocals.

Faded Vinyl members have 150+ years of combined performance experience, with musicians from many successful CNY bands- The Custom Taylor Band, Elephant Shoes, Joe Whiting Band, Flashback & more. Many members have even shared the stage with national acts such as Starship, Dennis DeYoung (Styx), The Fixx, Big and Rich, Duke Jupiter, Craig Morgan, Billy Currington, and Professor Louie & The Crowmatix.

City of Auburn Parks & Recreation Summer Concert Series
Plan to attend the City’s concert series running July 5th – August 29th. Tuesday evening’s location is Hoopes Park with music from 6:30PM – 8:30PM followed by family-friendly movies. Thursdays, the location is Market Street Park, with music from 6:30PM – 8:30PM, and some Wednesday evening performances will be staged at Clifford Field and other rotating City parks, same timeframe.

Attached, please find the 2018 schedule. For more info on downtown events please call the BID office 315.252-7874, or visit www.auburndowntown.org.

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