The sweet sounds of live music are soon to return to the streets of downtown Lancaster as the city gears up for the return of the summertime portion of Music Friday, celebrated the third Friday of each month at music venues, cafes, bars, parks and street corners throughout the downtown area.
Each Music Friday features a free Signature Concert held in Binns Park on N. Queen St., as well as myriad ad hoc performances hosted by the city’s businesses either in- or outside. This Friday, the signature Binns Park concert showcases The Cavern Club, a Lancaster-based Beatles tribute band, starting at 6 p.m. Those familiar with the fab four will note that The Cavern Club was the name of the venue in Liverpool where John, Paul, George and Pete (then performing as The Quarrymen) got their start. (Pete? The same Beatles fanatics who know the club also know that Pete Best was the original drummer before being replaced by this chap named Ringo.) Appropriately, The Cavern Club’s set list spans tracks from The Beatles early days. Give “I Saw Her Standing There” a listen:
Elsewhere in town, a wide variety of musicians play at an even wider variety of locales – from traditional venues to parking garage underhangs. You can check out the full lineup of street performers here, but here’s a quick look at our recommendations for the evening:
Philly singer-songwriter Ron Gallo at Steinman Park
The Fly stage returns to the entrance of Steinman Park on W. King St., and we’re excited to welcome big-haired Philly singer-songwriter Ron Gallo (former Toy Soldiers frontman) to strum some songs on the sidewalk. Pro tip: get there early to snag a seat across the street at Spring House Taproom.
Lancaster Roots & Blues/Gigspots Ballroom Bash at Elks Lodge
If you haven’t yet experienced live music in the Elks Lodge ballroom, this is as good a chance as any. It’s a beautiful room that’s typically hidden behind members-only doors, but this show is open to the public as a sort of Lancaster Roots & Blues showcase redux featuring: Second Hand Suits, Corty Byron Band, Mike McMonagle and Tractor Jerry and The Mud Bucket. Organizer and Gigspots owner Sam Campbell tells us the idea for the night came about since the LR&B showcase featuring the Suits, Corty and McMonagle at DipCo was at capacity, leaving many friends, family and fans unable to get in the door. This time around, there will be plenty of room, cheap beer and a whole lotta Americana.