Much like a melting, sticky Bomb Pop from the local ice cream truck or chasing blinking fireflies at dusk, the Downtown Frankfort Summer Concert Series on the Old Capitol lawn is a rite of summer in Frankfort.

Nestled in the heart of downtown, the free community event, which has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, brings together folks from all walks of life in a safe, fun and family-friendly environment. We can’t wait to see what this season has to offer.

Superfecta — a group that covers just about every genre from 1960s Motown to current top 40 — is slated to kick off the six-date season at 7 p.m. Friday, weather permitting.

In the case of rain or storms (the National Weather Service in Louisville currently predicts a 40% chance), delays or cancellations on the day of the event will be announced on Downtown Frankfort Inc. website and Facebook page.

As a reminder to motorists, the St. Clair Mall and Broadway between Catfish Alley and Lewis Street will be closed to vehicles during the Friday concerts.

Other dates and bands that will be performing this season include:

• June 21 — The Rigbys, a group that covers The Beatles

• July 5 — County Wide Band, a country band that also covers Southern and classic rock and original tunes

• July 19 — Lou Orleans, a brass band

• Aug. 2 — The Baja Yetis, a self-described new/old funky/jazzy jam band steeped in a gumbo of New Orleans jazz, funk, rock, soul and more

• Aug. 16 — Boogie G and the Titanics, an R&B and funk band.

This year's title sponsor is WesBanco. Additional sponsors include Rogers Funeral Home and Investors Heritage.

As always, we look forward to hearing the bands, shopping in the downtown stores and buying dinner from our locally owned restaurants and the food trucks that come in for the event. But it’s the laid-back, neighborly comraderie that truly makes the Downtown Summer Concert Series special. It’s a time when we come together, despite our differences, and celebrate what we love about Frankfort.

Take some time this summer to slow down, camp out on the Old Capitol lawn for a few hours with family and friends and listen to the music. Perhaps you’ll hear the heartbeat of the community.

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