WESTFIELD, NJ — Following the popularity of last Tuesday’s “Country on Quimby,” a free concert on Quimby Street — along with other downtown spots — officials have decided to shut the street to traffic each Tuesday evening for the rest of the Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Festival.
Previously, the municipality had only anticipated closing the street for the first and the last Tuesday of the concert series, which runs Tuesdays nights in July and August. (Rain dates Wednesdays.)
“Given the success of last Tuesday’s Country of Quimby, the Board of Directors of Downtown Westfield Corporation wanted to change the event to have Quimby Street closed each Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 10 p.m., with the entertainment being the band that would have played on North Avenue,” said Sherry Cronin, Executive Director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, the group organizing the event.
The Town Council is slated to give its formal approval for the road closure at its meeting, also to be held Tuesday night, Cronin said. The bands are set to play from 7 – 9 p.m. Tuesdays.
This week, the blues group Secret Sound will play on Quimby Street.
Other groups scheduled to perform tonight are the Latin jazz band The Joe Taino Group at 137 Central Ave.; the indie-folk Americana group the Campfire Flies at 170 Elm St.; and the jazz group Algorhythm at Foundation Park, located at the intersection of South Avenue West and Westfield Avenue.
Click here for the full Tuesday night lineup through August.
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