Downtown Ithaca’s free weekly summer concert series kicks off tonight at the Bernie Milton Pavilion with Stone Cold Miracle leading the way! There are free concerts every Thursday through the summer.
After the downtown concert series was displaced by construction on the Ithaca Commons for a couple of years, it returned to the brand new (and at the time not quite finished) Bernie Milton Pavilion on Bank Alley last August with the Gunpoets.
CFCU Community Credit Union sponsors and hosts the weekly concert series, which also serves as a fundraiser for the United Way of Tompkins County. They say the series is also supported by Seneca Beverage Corporation, Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons, Green Street Pharmacy, Six Mile Creek Vineyard, GreenStar Natural Foods Market, The Ithaca Journal, Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County, and the J. M. McDonald Foundation.
Stone Cold Miracle, who have performed as part of the summer concert series in the past, brings a funky brand of soul music to tonight’s concert, with vocal powerhouse LaTrece Stevenson backed by several veterans of the local music scene, including Nick LaVerne and Dustin Stuhr on guitars, Zaun Marshburn on drums, and Andy Adelewitz on bass.
Upcoming shows in the Thursday night series (there’s one Wednesday show on July 20th) feature Casey Max and the Dixie Cats, Caribe Jazz All-Stars, Kings of the Fall, Ithaca Underground featuring Sammus with ¡Viva Mayhem!, Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble, Road Man, Anna Coogan & Willie B, Richie and Rosie, Jimkata, the Gunpoets, and John Brown’s Body. The September 8th performer is still to be announced.
The free family-friendly shows take place in Bank Alley, the stretch of the Commons near the corner of Seneca and Tioga Streets. Beer and wine are available for sale to those 21 and over, and concert-goers are welcome to bring a portable chair.