Downtown Beats: Summer Music Series

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Downtown Amherst has beautiful parks and we make the most of them in the summer with a series of free concerts.
Stop by one of our fantastic restaurants and cafes and get some take out to enjoy while you listen to the music.


Music will include:

The Entertainer – Scott Joplin
St. Louis Blues – W.C. Handy
Selections by Cole Porter
The Red Balloon – Anne McGinty
Mystery on Mena Mountain – Julie Giroux
Music of Duke Ellington
Dance of the Jesters – Tchaikovsky.

Three Summer Concerts in Sweetser Park, Lessey Street, Amherst Center
(across from the Black Sheep), 6:30 – 7:30 pm 

Rain location – First Church, 165 Main Street, across from Sweetser Park.
Location change called the day of the concert.

Conducted by UMass Minuteman Marching Band Director, Tim Anderson!


Free Thursday Concerts in the Town Commons
5:30 – 7:30 pm 

This year, we’re excited to try out a new location for our Thursday concerts in the Town Common on the site where architect Frederick Law Olmstead proposed a bandshell. The stage with covered tent will be set up on Wednesdays and we’re opening the space up to the community. Stay Tuned for updates and announcements.

Free Water, courtesy of TD Bank

Ice Cream for sale from Bart’s Amherst 




The return of the prize wheel at The River tent!

July 18 – StompBoxTrio and The O-Tones 

StompBoxTrio is: Evelyn Harris on vocals & percussion, John Cabán on dobro, vocals & stompbox & David Rodriguez on wood bass, vocals & foot tambourine. StompBoxTrio reaches deep into the wellspring of vintage American blues, funk, roots, and soul to bring Y’all a hip-shaking, foot stomping great time!

Have a Listen

The O-Tones strike a chord with all ages… from the nostalgia of the big band era to the R&B numbers we all love to dance to, they know how to punch it out! Over their lifespan, various singers and instrumentalists have lent their talents to the band’s fun and professional Swing, Motown, Blues, and Soul sound.

Have a Listen

July 25 – The Equalites and Dave Noonan’s Green Island 

THE EQUALITES are a staple in the pioneer valley reggae scene, the band has been performing in the region for over 25 years!

In that time the band has had many different steady members, and the current incarnation has been together for going on 5 years and has a sound that moves people to the dance floor n more. With four part harmonies and excellent songwriting, sizzling guitar work, deep percussion, and a deep pocket of bass n drums… this is truly ‘a great band with killer reggae groove’. The music is at once reggae, roots music, blue beat, has jazz sensibilities, and much more!

The original compositions are performed in unforgettable fashion, and the covers they play of classic reggae and soul music have the Equalites polished unique stamp on them that make them sound like fresh goodness. One way to describe the band could be ‘ the Band’ that plays in the style of ‘reggae n soul’, it has that merging of roots rock and roots reggae soul that makes the unique blend that is the EQUALITES.
Have A Listen

Dave Noonan’s Green Island – Dave Noonan’s Green Island is a musical collective comprised of talented players from the Northeast music scene. The group plays a groove heavy blend of reggae, ska, afro-jazz, soul, latin, and funk, serving up both deep cuts from the catalogue and original compositions. Dave Noonan’s Green Island is a destination soundscape you do not want to miss!’

Have a Listen

August 1 – In the Nick of Time and Mister G 

IN THE NICK OF TIME: Award-winning husband-and-wife team Nick Deysher and Tracey Freitag have been performing for kids and families for over a decade. Energetic, interactive, and joyful performances are a hallmark of an In The Nick of Time concert. With an eclectic mix of folk, rock, funk, and hip-hop there is something for everyone to love. The duo have been honored with numerous Parent’s Choice Awards and voted Top 10 Albums of the Year by USA Today and Parents Magazine. In The Nick of Time is truly “Music for all BIG and small!”

Have a Listen!

Latin GRAMMY Award winner and Penguin Random House author. Touring the world playing multicultural for kids and families. Ben Gundersheimer (Mister G) is a Latin GRAMMY Award winning artist, author, activist, and educator. With 10 albums of original songs composed in four languages, Ben tours internationally as a solo artist and with his Global Citizen Ensemble. His spirited bilingual performances aim to dissolve borders and foster cross cultural connections.

Mister G Info – Have a Listen!

AUGUST 8 – Eric Lee & The Green Sisters 

A free concert on the Amherst Common of Indie/Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Cajun, Americana. Eric Lee shapes songs with stand-alone melodies and rich musical backdrops. From the personal to the sublime, they range from tales of honkey-tonk heartache, to anthems of social consciousness. The Green Sisters (Four) sprouted from a small farm in rural Massachusetts and have playing venues in Massachusetts and New Hampshire regularly for three years and have garnered quite the following. It’s hard not to smile when treated with their tight harmonies and high energy tunes; they bounce their jovial banter around the stage as only siblings can! They revel in each other’s company, and jump easily from bluegrass to barbershop to blues to Celtic to originals of all styles.

Eric Lee – Have a Listen

The Green Sisters – Have A Listen!

Community Programming 

We’re setting up the stage and tent the day before our concerts and opening it up to community groups.
The schedule so far is:

July 17:    4 – 5:30  pm  “A Taste of Music”


6 – 7:30 pm  Amherst House of Power – Outdoor yoga class and demonstration

July 24:    1:45 – 2 pm  Pelham Players, scenes from “As You Like It”
2 – 3 pm  Amherst Ballet, performances by students and instructors

July 31:    2-3 pm  Amherst Ballet, performances by students and instructors
6 – 7:30 pm Amherst House of Power – Outdoor yoga class and demonstration

August 1:   2-3 pm  Pineapple Dance performance