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Posted on: May 24, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Downtown Summer Sizzle Concert Series Kicks Off This Month

Summer Sizzle Kiosk Calendar

 Every Saturday from end of May to end of September - Experience the Best of Music, Food, and Community at New Rochelle's newest Downtown Event

Kick-off ceremony on Friday, May 26th at 3:30 PM, followed by a performance from The Full Count Big Band

The City of New Rochelle is thrilled to announce the launch of its first annual "Downtown Summer Sizzle" Concert Series, an exciting weekly festival that is sure to bring fresh energy, matched with new and classic sounds, featuring exciting and memorable highlights brought right to the heart of the community. The programming will commence on the evening of May 27th and continue every Saturday through September 30th. Residents and visitors – of all ages - are invited and encouraged to join us in Ruby Dee Park at Library Green for an unforgettable summer filled with music, food, arts, and community connection.

The "Downtown Summer Sizzle" Concert Series boasts an impressive lineup of over 50 performers, offering diverse musical talents to cater to all generations and tastes. From beloved generational acts performed by exceptional cover bands to original music from our very own local bands and acts, the series promises to deliver an outstanding experience for all attendees. Concertgoers can expect an array of tribute acts paying homage to some of music's biggest names, enjoying globally renowned and recognized hits from salsa legend Tito Puente Jr, top-tier cover acts like Ayanna’s ‘Tribute to Whitney, Aretha, Mariah, Adele’ and Roots Foundation’s ‘Tribute to Bob Marley,’ plus much more.

In addition to the musical performances, each Saturday will feature food trucks on Lawton Street to complement the takeout and dine in options at nearby downtown restaurants. A series of special signature events, such as Pride in June and Bastille Day in July, will offer afternoon festivities where attendees can enjoy local food trucks, craft tents, and engaging activities for the whole family. On these activation days, the "Mobile City Hall" initiative will offer residents easy access to information about City programs and services on-the-spot. Additional activation dates are Hispanic Heritage on September 23rd, and a Jazz Festival on September 30th

The "Downtown Summer Sizzle" Concert Series is part of the City's broader plan to enhance cultural experiences throughout downtown New Rochelle. To ensure a memorable event, the City of New Rochelle has partnered with multimedia consultant 'PMG 97' to organize the concert series and curate an exceptional lineup of performances.

The kick-off ceremony for the "Downtown Summer Sizzle" Concert Series will take place on Friday, May 26th, starting at 4:00 PM with a captivating performance from The Full Count Big Band, bringing all-American standards to Memorial Weekend.

"We invite our entire community to enjoy outstanding musical performances, delicious food from local vendors, and a range of family-friendly activities at New Rochelle's "Summer Sizzle" concert series," said Mayor Noam Bramson.  "This is yet another example of how our growing downtown is becoming a magnet for talent, creativity, and cultural energy."

City Manager Kathleen Gill, Esq. added, "The '2023 Downtown Summer Sizzle' highlights the vibrant culture and artistic talent of New Rochelle. I am thrilled to see our community come together in celebration of music, food, and local entrepreneurship. This series offers a fantastic lineup of performers and a platform for small businesses and artists to showcase their crafts. I invite everyone to join us at Ruby Dee Park and experience the lively atmosphere and sense of unity that the '2023 Downtown Summer Sizzle' brings to our city."

"This exciting new series brings the community together to celebrate music, culture, and local flavor. It serves as a living demonstration of the vibrancy and creativity that thrives within our diverse and growing city,” said New Rochelle Council Member Ivar Hyden. “The '2023 Downtown Summer Sizzle' showcases and brings remarkable experiences directly to our residents and provides a platform for our local artists and businesses to shine. I encourage everyone to attend and experience the lively atmosphere and the sense of pride and unity that this event brings to our beloved New Rochelle."

For more information and updates on the "2023 Downtown Summer Sizzle," please visit our website at Also, be sure to follow along on social media for the latest news and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the preparation of this remarkable event."

About the City of New Rochelle

With its unparalleled location, superb quality of life, diverse and talented residents and a focused business climate, New Rochelle is experiencing the transformation of a generation. The City’s current economic development plan will provide a spark for the entire Hudson Valley region, positioning the City as “open for business” and embracing smart, transit-oriented development growth patterns that promote open space, its close proximity to New York City and opportunities for businesses to rebound, recover and succeed in the current economic climate. Accelerated by a new, fast-track zoning process along with resources for small businesses and micro-enterprises, the ongoing Master Development initiative will continue to enhance the downtown area by supporting job creation, property values and private investment – while enhancing sustainability and livability through green and energy-efficient design. For more information on why New Rochelle is ideally yours, please visit

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