Downtown New Bedford is ready to provide the soundtrack to the summer with the launch of a weekly outdoor live music series on Thursday, July 8, 2021.
The Summer Sound Series will welcome folks to Custom House Square Park for eight concerts from early July through late August. It will feature some of the best local musicians from the Greater New Bedford area, produced in partnership with the City and Zeiterion Performing Arts Center.
Residents and visitors are invited to bring a chair or blanket to Custom House Square Park each Thursday to hear the music, or grab a spot in a seated, limited-capacity cordoned-off beer garden, where beer and wine will be available for purchase. Beer Garden open 2-7 p.m., Live Music 4–7.
In addition, residents are invited to frequent downtown New Bedford’s many unique eateries and bring some take-out to the park with them.
Custom House Square Park is ringed by eclectic, independent shops and dining establishments. Downtown New Bedford is also home to destination attractions such as the New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, New Bedford Art Museum, and the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center.
Renowned as the region’s creative hub, the visual appeal of New Bedford is matched by its musical prowess. For the Summer Sound Series, the Zeiterion has recruited a diverse mix of performers, from folk music to world sounds in a variety of musical styles.
July 8: Butch McCarthy has performed throughout the SouthCoast for more than 50 years, blending original songs with his take on popular cover songs. Joining him on stage will be Steve Mazza on bass and JB Borges on drums.
July 15: For the past 36 years, The Pearly Baker Band has been playing their version of Grateful Dead music, with some Stones, Beatles and JJ Cale thrown in for good measure.
July 22: Praised as a “force to be reckoned with” by Shaqueille O’Neal, saxophonist Marcus Monteiro leads The MonteiroBots, and he continues to impress his audience with intensity, interpretation and consummate improvisational skills.
July 29: Guitarist Mark T. Small is an internationally recognized musician performing his signature foot stompin’ blues, boogie, early rock and honky-tonk selections.
August 5: Prominent Cabo Verdean musician Djim Job has performed and produced for artists like Bana, Cesária Évora, Ildo Lobo, and many more around the world. He’ll be joined by a percussionist for a set of beautiful Cabo Verdean music.
August 12: A powerful and diverse vocalist, songwriter and guitarist, Kim Trusty has spent the last three decades refining her musical skills and crafting her own style of jazz, R&B, blues and original music. Joining her on stage will be Cathy Clasper-Torch.
August 19: The Jethros are a fixture in the local folk music scene presenting their folk/blues/alt/soul/ swing jazz/bluegrass/funk/country/ mariachi/klezmer stylings to one and all.
August 26 Rebecca Correia has been lauded as “one of the best singer-songwriters in America,” describing herself as “Sheryl Crow meets Gavin Degraw.”
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