The Town of Port Royal will kick off its second Street Music series of the year with four free concerts starting in August and continuing into September.
The fall lineup includes bands with jazz, blues, country and rock influences.
Concerts begin at 6 p.m. on a stage that will be set up between 9th and 10th streets. Shows will be:
Aug. 9: Chelsea Reed & The Fair Weather Five
This jazzy swing band is a young outfit from Philly that puts a modern twist on 20th century classics. Powerful vocalist Chelsea Reed fronts the group, backed by trumpet player Noah Hocker, saxophonist Chris Oatts, guitarist Jake Kelberman, bassist Joe Plowman and drummer Austin Wagner. You’ll be sure to hear your favorite swing tunes at this sassy, brassy set.
If you like: Bessie Smith, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong
Aug. 23: Moreland & Arbuckle
Kansas duo Aaron Moreland and Dustin Arbuckle met in Wichita in 2001 and played together in various bands before striking out on their own as Moreland & Arbuckle in 2003. Blues is the core of their sound, with flecks of roots rock, folk and country.
Moreland’s four-string cigar box guitar gives the music a vintage rock sound while Arbuckle’s vocals and harmonica inject twangy soul. The addition of new drummer Kendall Newby’s percussion adds a hard edge to the overall sound.
If you like: Robert Cray, ZZ Top, Creedence Clearwater Revival
Sep. 6: Karp Foley Band
Both artists individually, Peter Karp and Sue Foley came together in 2010 for “He Said - She Said,” an album collaboration based on personal letters the two had exchanged over a years-long courtship. Their latest effort, “Beyond the Crossroads,” is an follow-up to “He Said - She Said,” and shows an organic, bluesy side of the duo.
If you like: Lucinda Williams, The Plainfields, Kath Bloom
Sep. 20: Bonnie Bishop
Texas-bred singer-songwriter Bonnie Bishop is a mix of country, rock and soul. She has a powerful voice with a raspy edge that draws listeners in. Now Nashville-based, Bishop has been on tour promoting her latest album, “Free.” One of Bishop’s tunes, "Not 'Cause I Wanted To," was cut by her musical hero Bonnie Raitt for the album, "Slipstream."
If you like: Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals