Judging by the large crowds, it was obvious New Haven visitors expected a special show at the Cool Breeze Music in the Park. And that’s what they got.
In its second inauguration, the free concert presented by Comcast/NBC Connecticut organized what turned into a massive block party hosted by 94.3 WYBC. The theme, Everybody’s Family Matters!, rang true as families relaxed in lawn chairs and danced to the opening night act of Force MD and Corey Staggers at Goffe St. Park.
The energy turned upside down when Force MD, a prominent street hip-hop group, trotted onto the stage donning classic white and black threads. They grooved to notorious hits like “Tender Love” and “Here I Go Again.”
Staggers moved the audience into a different smooth vibe, playing hip-hop and jazz songs on the saxophone. The young New Haven talent matched the enthusiasm of the Force MD, topping off a lively show.
There was no shortage of food as the Lunch Box 23 food truck was on site whipping up gourmet sliders. Other local trucks served up Italian ice, hot dogs, Georgia hots, pretzels, kettle corn and kebabs.
Games of football and basketball broke out as locals gathered in large crowds to take in the overwhelming summer fun.
A librarian from the New Haven Free Public Library was even there, handing out free books to children and teenagers to promote summer reading — after the jam session, of course. Students were able to rent and return books from the Read Mobile truck centrally located to welcome all eager learners.
Organizers from the Charter Schools Network were stationed and ready to educate folks about the statewide advocacy group that works to promote the charter school movement at the state capital. They support independent and charter management organizations of all sizes to grow high-quality schools.
Don’t beat yourself up if you missed the opening day fun, because the Cool Breeze series is returning to Quinnipiac River Park on Wed., July 27 with performances by Rohn Lawrence, Elan Troutman and Lamone Andrews.
The fun doesn’t end there. Your last chance to catch the Cool Breeze will be on Aug. 3 at Wooster Square Park featuring the hip-hop and jazz melodies of Lawrence, Alex Bugnon and the Sez Zion Jazz Band. All shows are from 5-8 p.m.
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