The Silver Spring summer concert series is back.
The Red Harmonica King, Bruce Ewan, kicked off the family-fun free schedule on Thursday.
It’s the 24th anniversary of the Thursday night concerts at Veterans Plaza. This year’s schedule will showcase music for all tastes — among them rock, soul, R&B, blues, jazz, and zydeco.
“It is a steady dependable source of activity and an opportunity to build community. You can always count on the concert,” Susan Hoffmann, the event’s coordinator.
According to Hoffmann, there will be raffles and prizes at each concert. The performances will take place from through Aug. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Hoffmann said she begins preparing in January. That’s when she books artists and starts figuring out what equipment she’ll need.
Hoffmann tries to “keep it local” when it comes to booking artists, but will not turn away acts from Washington, D.C., she said.
She said Montgomery County received $15,000 from Discovery Communications and another $15,000 from The Fillmore for the concert series. Because of these grants, the county could book more artists this year than last year.
The Fillmore gives a total of $30,000 annually to Montgomery County.
“This is the first year we had access to the funding and we were able to double the artists from four to eight,” Hoffmann said. “Of course, we are very grateful.”
The money pays for the artists, lights, a stage, a sound system, and other technical costs, she said.
The family-friendly event also features a bubble machine, which Hoffmann said is popular with kids.
Veterans Plaza is at 1 Veterans Place in Silver Spring. Performances will be canceled only if it is raining at 7 p.m.
The schedule of artists is:
July 3: Little Red and the Renegades (zydeco)
July 10: Roaddog (R&B, blues)
July 17: Ocho de Bastos (Latin rock)
July 24: Moxie Blues Band (blues)
July 31: Second Wind (rock & roll covers)
Aug. 7: Eddie Becker Band (rock, soul, R&B)
Aug. 14: Project Natale (jazz)