Downtown Sounds Concert Series Announces 2019 Lineup

Bring On The Music
The Downtown Sounds Committee has announced the schedule of performers this summer’s nine-week concert series in Glen Cove. Produced by the Glen Cove Business Improvement District (B.I.D.), Downtown Sounds has been a fixture on Friday evenings in downtown Glen Cove for the past 22 years.  

Downtown Sounds began in 1997 with local jazz musicians playing before modest crowds at the intersection of Glen and School Streets. This contrasts the current version where headline acts appear and overflow crowds have forced closure of those busy streets. Indeed, Long Islanders come from miles around to enjoy the music and stroll the city sidewalks. In addition to attracting music aficionados, downtown businesses prosper.

While nine weeks of dancing in the streets is now business as usual for summer Friday evenings in downtown Glen Cove, this year’s series was in jeopardy when Mayor Tim Tenke had to rescind the portion of the city’s funding of the event due to necessary budget cuts. Fortunately, when Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton heard the news, she sprang into action. A Glen Cover and big fan of Downtown Sounds, DeRiggi-Whitton secured a $25,000 grant from the county’s Hotel-Motel Occupancy Tax fund to make up for the lost funding. This, along with the City of Glen Cove’s support of its many municipal departments, secured Downtown Sounds for 2019.

“When we lost the city’s funding, we were concerned there would be no Downtown Sounds in 2019,” explained Patricia Holman, executive director of the Downtown B.I.D. “But when the county grant came through, we had new life. So, we decided to go with all fresh acts instead of the artists who performed perennially in the past. We think it will prove to be yet another step in the evolution of this amazing concert series. I’ve noticed that our audience members see Downtown Sounds as a big dance party on the city streets. So, this year, our lineup is geared toward the type of music that’ll get you up and on your feet.”

The 2019 concert series kicks off on July 5 with songs from the queen of Tejano music. No, Selena is not playing DTS, but a tribute band known as Almost Selena is the next best thing. Peat Moss & The Fertilizers will feature their unique brand of upbeat material on July 12, while The U2 Show will perform on July 19. Friday, July 26 will also see a tribute band; however, this one does double duty by performing the songs of both Bon Jovi and Journey. Their name? Why, Bon Journey, of course! The show-stopping top-40 party rock band The Hey Nows will then play on Aug. 2.

While the goal of this year was to bring in all new acts, the committee had no choice but to invite one of last year’s featured groups back for a return performance. Known as “the world’s greatest show band,” Right On Band made Glen Cove stand up and take notice last year and it’s safe to say that the group enjoyed playing DTS every bit as much as Glen Cove enjoyed having them. Their return is slated for Aug. 9. Tribute bands round out the docket with Dancing Dream, an ABBA tribute on Aug. 16, the music of Led Zeppelin and other rock and blues classics by Kamellot and Misty Mountain on Aug. 23 and Dean Ford and the Beautiful Ones paying homage to the immortal Prince on Aug. 30.

Downtown Sounds is steeped in tradition, but this year’s series will be marked by some exciting changes. In addition to the new lineup, the committee is proud to announce a new affiliation as local radio station WCWP has signed on as a sponsor. This is big news because in addition to publicizing the events, WCWP will play a role in production and execution, so expect a whole new vibe at the corner of Glen and School Streets on Friday nights this summer, starting at 7:30 p.m.


Presenting sponsors for Downtown Sounds 2019 are Glen Cove Hospital Northwell Health, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Phillips Lytle LLP, American Paving & Masonry Corp, Avalon at Glen Cove, Kimco Realty, The Downtown Café, The Regency Assisted Living, Glen Cove Fitness, Combined Insurance, The Max Challenge, Men on the Move, New York Life Insurance, PetSmart and Martino Auto Concepts. Free parking for Downtown Sounds is available at the nearby municipal garages. For more information, call the Glen Cove B.I.D. at 516-759-6970, or visit http://www.glencovedowntown.org.