LakewoodAlive Announces Performers For 2017 Front Porch Concert Series

Photo Credit: Alex Belisle/Faces of Lakewood

Popular Live Music Program Returns for 11 Weeks Starting July 7

It won't be long before live music floods Downtown Lakewood, echoing through neighborhood streets and beckoning families and concert-goers alike to the heart of the city.

LakewoodAlive announces the diverse and talented line-up of musical performers for the 2017 Front Porch Concert Series sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James. See the schedule below for weekly performers comprising the popular live music program, which takes place each Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. from July 7 through Sept. 15 on the front porch of Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue).

Like a crowd-pleasing encore performance, this summer series is sure to delight its audience, as it features a wide array of free, live music for 11 consecutive Fridays. Cleveland-based reggae sensation Carlos Jones kicks off the series with his catchy island vibes that will heat up the summer evening on Friday, July 7.

The 2017 edition of this summer series offers something for every musical taste. From folk to rock to Ernie Krivda’s trademark jazz, each weekly concert remains family-friendly while delving into diverse musical genres. Attendees are encouraged to bring family, friends, snacks, blankets and chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the affected concert will be moved into the library.

Now in its seventh year, the popular Front Porch Concert Series adds vibrancy and an enhanced sense of community to Lakewood’s urban core, drawing several thousand attendees annually. 

“We are excited to unveil the performers for our 2017 Front Porch Concert Series,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive. “This series has evolved into a major family entertainment option within our downtown district, creating a Lakewood summer tradition that supports our ongoing mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods within our city.”

2017 Front Porch Concert Series Schedule 

(All concerts start at 7 p.m. on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library)


7. 7. 17:                   Carlos Jones
7.14.17:                   Cats on Holiday

7.21.17:                   Diana Chittester

7.28.17:                   The Chris Vance Trio


8. 4. 17:                   Revolution Brass Band
8.11.17:                   Red Light Roxy

8.18.17:                   Becky Boyd & The Groove Train

8.25.17:                   Vance Music Studios Rock Bands


9. 1.17:                    Ernie Krivda
9. 8.17:                    The Havana Nights Orchestra
9.15.17:                   Rock On Band featuring Nance Sias (Kids Concert)

For more information regarding the 2017 Front Porch Concert Series, please visit

Matt Bixenstine is the Marketing and Development Manager for LakewoodAlive. He enjoys all things Lakewood, especially walking his basset hound through Madison Park.

The Front Porch Concert Series is generously supported by the following sponsors: Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James (Title Sponsor), Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Lakewood Public Library (Encore Sponsors), City of Lakewood, Cox Communications, Lion and Blue and Vance Music Studios (Harmony Sponsors).

Matt Bixenstine

I am the Marketing & Development Manager for LakewoodAlive. I enjoy all things Lakewood, especially walking my basset hound through Madison Park.

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