Downtown Chandler offers 2 free concert series The Chandler Arizonan

Downtown Chandler offers 2 free concert series

Downtown Chandler offers 2 free concert series
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By Lacey Lyons

Arizonan Staff Writer

 

People now have two more reasons to visit downtown Chandler businesses in the form of a free weekly lunchtime series concert and another during the height of happy hour on Fridays once a month.

Every Wednesday from noon until 1 p.m., downtown Chandler is hosting a Live at Lunch concert at the downtown outdoor stage at 178 E. Commonwealth St.

“Live at Lunch is for families, employees in Downtown Chandler, folks looking to take advantage of the great weather and anyone else who would like to attend,” said John Owens, the downtown Chandler redevelopment specialist.

Blaine Long was the first performer of the series. Long, a Chandler resident, was seen on season 11 of the American television series The Voice in 2016.

He brought along his drummer, Gigi Gonaway, and during the performance, Gonaway’s young daughter jumped on the stage to dance along to the music. 

“It was a really sweet moment and highlights the family-friendly atmosphere we’re hoping these performances provide,” Owens said.

When asked about the goal of Live at Lunch, Owens said the city wants to reinforce Downtown Chandler as the Valley’s live music hub. 

“We have been called a mini-Austin or mini-Nashville, but either way, we’re proud of the huge amount of live music you can find in downtown Chandler almost every night of the week,” said Owens. 

The city encourages attendees to visit a downtown restaurant, pick up lunch and bring it over to the stage, Owens said.

Meanwhile, Friday Night Live is another ongoing concert series held every third Friday of the month from 6 to 9 p.m. 

Organized by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, the free month series offers people a chance to hear local bands playing different musical genres and then hit a nearby restaurant for dinner. 

 Mogollon, a popular local country music band, along with Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Neighborhood Band will be performing on Feb. 21.

 

Lineup for Live at Lunch: 

Feb. 12: Laura Hamlin

Feb. 19: Tessa Karrys

Feb. 26: Jessica Fichot

March 4: Grupo Clásico de Tucson, Ariz.

March 11: TBA

March 18: TBA

March 25: Guanachicano 

April 1: Joe Bourne

Information: chandleraz.gov/explore/downtown-chandler/things-to-do/live-at-lunch

 

Lineup for Friday Night Live:

Feb. 21: Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Neighborhood Band and Mogollon

March 20: Chandler High School Jazz Band Pearl Ridge

April 17: Willis Junior High Jazz Band

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May 15: Corona del Sol Steel Drum, Shallow Water

Information: downtownchandler.org/fridaynightlive/.

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