POSTPONED – Latin Night
POSTPONED – Latin NightJuly 13, 2017
SORRY, DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER , TONIGHT’S KICKOFF OF DOWNTOWN THURSDAYS HAS BEEN POSTPONED, LATIN NIGHT WILL NOW BE ON AUG 24TH.
July 13th is going to be a hot night. The Downtown Thurdays Concert Series presented by ILuvBPT will be kicking off with Latin Night at the Ballpark at Harboryard. (NO Coolers allowed, you may bring your own chair)
The Party continues starting at 10PM at Sazon Y Mambo, 1691 Main Street on the Downtown line. Continue this awesome kickoff at Bridgeport’s premier event venue. Proper Dress is Required
Rock n Funk @ McClevy Green
Rock n Funk @ McClevy GreenJuly 20, 2017
On July 20, Downtown Thursdays comes back to McClevy Green where it all started! Get your lawn chairs out, bust out the Beads as the revelers come out for Rock n Funk nights.
Symphonic Bodega is a rock music collective formed in 2012 and led by guitarist/composer Christopher Cavaliere. Expanding upon a neighborhood of sounds that harmonize rock, funk, surf, free jazz and americana, Symphonic Bodega is a multi-genre ensemble which incorporates diverse influences. Inspired by orchestrated grooves and spontaneous improvisation, Bodega’s sound will entertain the soul. They have been featured with national touring acts The Stepkids, Consider the Source, Elephant Wrecking Ball and Perhaps.
BRYAC Funk All Stars
What started as a simple weekly gathering of old friends playing old and new tunes has evolved into one of the best kept secrets of New England’s music scene. The core band is comprised of members of Deep Banana Blackout and Kung Fu, and features regular guest appearances by some of the heaviest musicians around. The Bryac Funk Allstars repertoire consists of deep cuts from jazz, soul, and funk, with a little Latin spice to bring the heat. It’s a Pawty…!
The Bryac Funk Allstars are: Rob Somerville (Sax & Vocals- Deep Banana Blackout/ Kung Fu), Cyrus Madan (Hammond Organ- Deep Banana Blackout), Rob Volo (Trombone & Vocals- Deep Banana Blackout), Adrian Tramontano (Drums- Kung Fu), Chris DeAngelis (Bass & Vocals- Kung Fu), Jesse Gibbon (Keys- Elle King), Johnny Durkin (Percussion & Jameson- Deep Banana Blackout), Hans Broeking (Percussion-Pannus Faht).
Jazz and Blues @ McClevy Green
Jazz and Blues @ McClevy GreenJuly 27, 2017
On July 27, Downtown Thursdays Celebrates the sounds of Jazz and Blues. Get your lawn chairs out, for the smooth fusion of sounds with some of the best musicians in the country.
Sez ZionJazz Band was formed in 2001 out of Bridgeport, Connecticut .The band consists of a quartet of great musicians from all walks of life. Each member has their own unique style of play that has become a great asset to the band. Their expertise has catapulted the band to create a very sought after sound to being very well known on the East Coast.
All compositions are original materials written by Sez Zion band members and then smoothed over by music director C. Lamont Williams. Though this is the main forte of Sez Zion, they have no problem remaking a classic into their own unique style of play. Each and every composition is made personal through Sez Zion’s passion, character and life experiences. Their music is created to fit the lives of people of all ages and all walks of life. Smooth piano sounds, heavy bass lines, and silky guitar chords accompanied by a rhythmic beat fills to uplift the heavy heart and ease the troubled mind.
The Bobatoon Collective sound is soulful, passionate and highly improvisational. The 5+ piece Jazz/Funk/R&B band is led and fronted by a tall, towering sax man and vocalist, Khalif Bobatoon and his wife & co-lead singer, Kerie.
They met in college at the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford, CT), where the late, world renown jazz saxophonist, Jackie McLean chaired the department and mentored them. While their on stage chemistry in school was remarkable, their promise to collaborate together after school manifested years later into having beautifully talented children and a thriving business venture.
The Bobatoon Collective’s mastery of taking “that’s my jam” songs and redeveloping them on the spot has been a dependable trademark for followers of this dynamic fellowship.
Through the hypnotic rendering of hip hop, be-bop, retro-soul and funk, they easily allure their listeners in ways that lift the spirit and raises their consciousness.
CoffeeHouse Style After Party at Miss Thelma’s Restaurant From 9:30pm to 1pm.
Funk & Soul Night @ McClevy Green
Funk & Soul Night @ McClevy GreenAugust 03, 2017
Welcome to Soul School, where the sounds are bumpin and the beats are funky!
And for tonight’s professors of funk will be The Nate Barnes Sound & The All Natural Band
The Nate Barnes Sound:
The Nate Barnes Sound features one of the best bad ass drummers around. Nate Barnes is one of Bridgeport’s own, born and bred, a Harding H.S. product and graduate of Berkley School of Music, Nate is not only a kick-ass drummer and music producer, one would never guess that he is also “Blind” . The Nate Barns Sound is going to thrill the Downtown Thursdays Stage with funky Grooves, banging beats, and true powerhouse Funk & Soul.
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The All Natural Band:
The All Natural Band is a Funk/Soul collective unit that performs a plethora of genres of music, including but not limited to the most current top 40 hits, Pop, Soul and R&B just to name a few. All Natural Band has it’s roots in Bridgeport CT where the band started out playing in the local bars and clubs in the Bridgeport area and subsequently branched out into the surrounding areas performing in private and public venues, as well as professionally touring around the world.
Downtown restaurants and bars will be hosting an after party to this year’s summer concert series after every show!
Alternative Rock @ McClevy Green
Alternative Rock @ McClevy GreenAugust 10, 2017
Sometimes singers were born to saaannnnggggggggggg. Downtown Thursdays proudly presents 2 awesomely diverse power house voices .
What you say and how you say it defines you as a person, and as a performer. Aside from the undeniable rhythm and personal accompaniment Nina creates, there are underlying themes in her work that remain constant. Her desire to make music is reflected in all of the choices and sacrifices she makes in her life to remain a full time musician. Every aspect of the business is important to her. She orchestrates everything from playing, to booking, to composing, to recording, mastering and collecting and restoring vintage gear. Each carefully selected piece of gear found and fixed is an important piece of the mono tonal puzzle she is so determined to realize and is one step closer to creating the complete picture, capturing the mood, and singing about the things she feels are most important.
DTThursdays presents………..The Liza Colby Sound
Part shaman, part seductress, Liza Colby was born to earn the Queen Of Rock N’ Roll mantle. Her music is for sinful Saturday nights, and redemptive Sunday mornings. It’s heartbreak music; it’s music of sexual liberation; it’s music for when it matters most. It’s The Liza Colby Sound. It’s the music we need in these times.
Imagine Led Zeppelin at Madison Square Garden meets James Brown at the Apollo. Picture Tina Turner prowling the stage like Iggy Pop with vocals that conjure Aretha Franklin and Humble Pie’s Steve Marriott. Hyperbolic? Nah, come to a show, and look out for The Liza Colby Sound’s upcoming EP, Let It Happen, to be preceded by the swaggering single “My World.”
Barnum Public House and Tito & Oliver will set the stage for the after party madness. #IluvBPT
Funky Brass vs the Islands
Funky Brass vs the IslandsAugust 17, 2017
August 17th at McClevy Green will be swinging good time with a New Orleans Funk Feel and Tropical Rhythms of the Caribbean. It’s Mardi Gras Meets Caribana!!!!!!! Bridgeport are you ready……
Funky Dawgs Brass Band
Featured on Live For Live Music’s Brass Bands You Need To Know, the Funky Dawgz sound is akin to the streets of New Orleans with a jazz, rock, hip hop, and R&B flair. With our high energy horns, The FDBB is quickly becoming one of 2017’s biggest up-and-coming acts.
The Funky Dawgz have appeared at nationally recognized venues and festivals such as: Madison Square Garden, Okeechobee Music Festival, The Capitol Theatre, Brooklyn Bowl, The Blue Nile, The Stone Pony, Daryl’s House, Peach Music Festival, Camp Bisco, Gathering of the Vibes, Catskill Chill Music Festival, the Hartford Jazz Festival, and countless others!
I Anbassa delivers high energy, all original Roots Reggae grounded in traditional island music and laced with rock, funk, nyabinghi, and afro-beat. Bringing forward a fresh, new and infectious sound, they explode on stage with irresistible hooks and bubbling rhythms that instantly get the crowd grooving and singing along. With over three hours of original music and a vast catalog of classic Reggae covers, this band can accommodate any crowd; large or small, young or old. Their songs promote self-awareness, consciousness, healthy living, positivity and, of course, Jah love.
Based out of Southern Connecticut, I Anbassa formed in the summer of 2009 and matured quickly. To date, they have played with Steel Pulse, Stephen Marley, the Mighty Diamonds, Tribal Seeds, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Lettuce, and Deep Banana Blackout.
Downtown Thursday’s after party is always at Sazon y Mambo.
Old School Hip Hop / R & B
Old School Hip Hop / R & BAugust 31, 2017
It’s #OldSchoolHipHop on August 31st! Don’t be afraid to sing along!
August 31 is devoted to all fans of old-school hip hop! It’s a full night of DJs, dance, and performances with Special Guests!!!
Classic Hip Hop & RnB night was designed with one thing in mind, “EXCITEMENT”. From a host a superior DJ’s with creative skills & technics, to live performances of artists who helped pave the way with the Hip Hop and RnB songs that we all can remember to this day. These great DJ’s and Artists always find a way to bring everyone to that one great moment with an ultimate classic song . The Downtown Thursdays is in its 8th year and officially the Classic Hip Hop & RnB night is the largest night out of the concert series with an estimated 6,000+ from last year’s event. Who’s Ready for 2017 in Downtown Bridgeport.
Who is Ready for the 18th Letter? Guess who’s Back? Who wants to get Paid in Full?
Performing Live, the Legendary Rakim.
Several other special Guest Performers will be hitting the stage:
After Parties for DOWNTOWN THURSDAYS!
Downtown restaurants and bars will be hosting an after party to this year’s summer concert series after every show! Old School Hip Hop and R&B will be hosted by
4 Corner Billiards @ 102 Bank Street
Miss Thelmas Restaurant @ 140 Fairfield Avenue
Metric Bar & Grill Restaurant @ 39 Cannon Street
Sazon Y Mambo @ 1691 Main Street