Middletown Main Street's annual summer concert series is growing this year and music fans should like what they hear.
Middletown Main Street is turning the volume up for its annual summer concert series this year, making the event something cool to do during the hot dog-days of summer.
“We’ve made some exciting changes this year,” said MMS Executive Director Tracy Skrobot. “One of the best changes is the lineup. We’re going to have more bands this year that locals recognize. We’re also expanding what we offer for families.”
This year’s series, which will take place once a month in June, July and August will feature two stages: one in the parking lot of Forest Church on Main Street and another at Cochran Square. Chuck Sullivan is booking the bands for Cochran Square, which his business, Sully’s Irish Pub, sits on the edge of. Chuck Kuzminskiof CKuz Guitars is booking the bands for the other stage.
The Forest Church stage will feature Hung Jury, 3 Day Weekend and the Joe Trainor Tro.
“We’re really excited about this year’s series,” Kuzminski said. “I’ve booked some bands that have will be a good draw for people in and out of Middletown. I really tried to take steps to get bands that have a big following here in Middletown but don’t necessarily play in Middletown.”
The area around Forest Church will also feature inflatables, refreshments, face-painting and an array of other family-friendly activities.
In June, just up the block at Cochran Square, Sully’s manager Cheryl Moran said she is excited to get The Sugarmamas, a six-piece band, outside in the open.
“They are just amazing,” she said. “They play a lot of classic rock. They dance around and have fun while they play. If I could book them every single month, I would.”
In July Barb and Keith Ayres will play one of their last gigs in Delaware before moving to Florida.
“Barb and Keith are good people,” Moran said. “Plus, Barb’s voice is just amazing. They’re kids grew up in Middletown so a lot of people know them. It’s sad to see them go.”
Skrobot said that people are welcome to bring portable chairs and that she hopes people will take advantage of the dining and shopping options on and around Main Street.
“Shops will be open late and many have plans for sidewalk sales,” she explained. “The Gibby Center and the Everett Theatre have events planned, too. And, just off Main Street are several other shopping options. People would be surprised how much they can do that’s within walking distance.”
The first “Music on Main” night will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, June 13, followed by music and activities on Friday, July 11 and Friday, August 8.
“These events go a long way towards revitalizing our charming downtown district,” Tracy added. “The more people who support downtown and its events, the better the area will be and the better the events will get. It really takes all of us who live and work here to make that happen.”