Cool Breeze Returns to New Haven with a Greater Cause

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A righteous concert series is returning to New Haven for the second straight year.

To everyone’s delight, the city recently announced the Cool Breeze Music in the Park summer concert series — presented by Comcast/NBC Connecticut and hosted by local radio station 94.3FM — will return to New Haven.

We can’t wait for the hip-hop and jazz to splash across New Haven hotspots, but the series theme, titled Everybody’s Family Matters!, serves ideas larger than any individual.

Informational booths will be available to educate visitors regarding health on July 20, literacy on July 27 and homelessness on August 3. All events will run from 5-8 p.m.

The series’ first concert will feature the Force MD and Corey Staggers at Goffe St. Park (De Gale Field) on July 20. Force MD was a pioneer in the early formation of street hip-hop and plans to fill the park with hits from the 1980s. Staggers, a saxophonist from New Haven, is a rising talent in the music business and plays hip-hop and smooth jazz tunes.

Elan Troutman and Lamone Andrews will take over the series on Wed., July 27 at the Quinnipiac River Park. Troutman is a saxophonist hailing from Barbados — the home of Rihanna — and always pushes the boundaries of contemporary jazz.

Andrews, of Waterbury, will cap off the July 27 concert with a singing performance sure to make you return to the series’ final performance on Wed., Aug. 4.

Session musician and keyboardist Alex Bugnon, of New York, will kick off the show on Aug.4, reaching from a resume backed by performances in famous jazz tracks. Sez Zion Jazz Band will conclude the series using jams tailored to fit their music and suave suits.

Contemporary and urban jazz guitarist Rohn Lawrence will lead the bands through the performance on July 27 and Aug. 4.

With a lineup like that, what’s not to like?

Last year's Cool Breeze festival, via Knowledge Green

Last year’s Cool Breeze festival, via Knowledge Green

This concert series, however, is about more than just the music lineup.

“At Comcast we are committed to bringing great entertainment to the communities where our customers and employees live and work, as well as bridging the digital divide so that all students are on a level playing field,”  explains Kristen Roberts, vice president of public relations and community investment for Comcast’s Western New England Region.

Comcast already has 130 outdoors Wi-Fi hotspots in the Elm City, but, as expected, they believe more is always better. They recently extended XFINITY Wi-Fi to the Wooster Square Park and will include Wi-Fi at all three venues for concert goers to enjoy fast connectivity.

The company is also teaming with the New Haven Free Public Library to provide information about their Internet Essentials program and details of the library’s summer programs.

While there’s always a lot going on in New Haven in the summer, this new event seems like it may be around in the future, too. “It is a pleasure to once again partner with Comcast and Internet Essentials on what has become an annual Cool Breeze Music in the Parks concert series,” says New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.

We salute Comcast for offering this valuable broadband adoption program which provides low-cost home internet to families in the New Haven area who may not otherwise afford it.

For more information about the concert series, visit the event’s Facebook page.

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