METC/DDC Downtown Concert Series 2020

Fridays – July 17, July 24, August 7, August 21, August 28, September 4, 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public!

The annual Downtown Concert Series includes six FREE Friday evening, family-friendly concerts beginning Friday, June 30th. Presented by the METC and the Madison Downtown Development Commission, the concerts are held on the lawn of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (located on the corner of Main Street and Green Village Road) where picnicking is encouraged! All concerts are from 6-8:00 p.m.

Important Concert Updates:
Before we get ready to rock 🎸 and kick off the summer☀️, here are a few housekeeping items for your safety:
- The Museum is still closed to the public at this time. Restrooms will not be open to the public.
-Bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. METC will not be providing chairs due to COVID-19 concerns.
-Maintain social distance
-Bring your masks!😷
-METC's lawn will be closed to the public, but there will be plenty of room on the street to sit and spread out.
- Bringing a picnic dinner is encouraged! Why not support one of the many great restaurants in downtown Madison for takeout? 🍕🍔🍦
- Dogs are always welcome!🐶
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding! We are beyond thrilled to be able to host our concert series this year!

THE 2020 CONCERT SERIES INCLUDES: 

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July 17 - MAMA D & THE VEXATIONS


Mama D & the Vexations! Mama D & The Vexations is a high-energy cover band with a soulful edge. Expect powerful renditions of hits from the 60s through today, with some lost gems thrown in! The band features Donna Ward (Fanwood, NJ) on lead vocals, Nick Malishchak (Madison, NJ) on guitar/vocals, Jasmine Bloch-Krempels (Orange, NJ) on bass/vocals, Chris Neptune (West Orange) on keys/trumpet, and John Holmok (South Orange, NJ) on drums. The band’s unique take on a wide variety of classic rock, pop, country, and soul tunes keeps them performing regularly at weddings, private parties, and bars throughout North Jersey.
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July 24 - ZAIRE


Zaire was founded in 1981 by three high school friends (Mike DiCenso, Jim Leahey and Matt Pisani). We started as a 3-piece acoustic trio, playing classic rock with an emphasis on strong 3-part harmonies. We played local bars, restaurants and festivals all around the central New Jersey area until everyone went their separate ways. After getting back together again in 2007 we’ve enjoyed playing at new venues in New Jersey as well as the Lehigh Valley, PA area to receptive audiences that appreciate the music and harmonies we still capture. So sit back and listen to classic rock favorites from The Eagles, Tom Petty, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Radiohead, Stevie Ray Vaughn and more. Whether it’s a 3-piece acoustic gig or a full band gig with Jed Hoban on the skins, we hope to see you soon. And remember – we’d be happy to play request but if we don’t know it – you’re singing it!
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August 7 - JUMPING THE GUN BAND


Jumping The Gun Band enjoys playing the songs that made Rock “classic”. With a mix of Beatles, Stones, Springsteen and Petty along with Kerry Underwood, Darius Rucker and Mathew Sweet, JTG has been playing to their fans for over 10 years. Based out of Madison, JTG has played street fairs, fundraisers, local bars and private parties. If you’re looking for a rock band that gets you off your chair and on your feet then check out Jumping The Gun Band.
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August 21 - ORQUESTA LOS NUEVE DEL SABOR
Young Latin Salsa Band with all the Classic Hits in Salsa, Merengue & Son. Bringing the blend of Montunos, Salsa and popular Latin styles from the Caribbean and South America! LOS NUEVE DEL SABOR is composed of salsa music artists from the NY/NJ area, and will bring high-energy, Latin (the best) music for weddings, corporate events, nightclubs, festivals, concerts, and other venues. We'll customize your event with music that matches your taste, keeping the dance floor crowded!!!!
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August 28 - HOUSE OF HAMILL


Both Baldino and Buchanan are accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, with over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible. House of Hamill is on the bleeding edge of a new generation of traditional musicians.
Whats What

September 4 - WHAT'S WHAT


Local Madison band, What's What, brings solid musicianship and fun vibes to up-tempo rock music from the 70's and 80's. Their spirited performance of classic songs from artists like Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne, Cheap Trick and Van Halen merge seamlessly with music from the MTV video revolution. The band features Phil Duffy on vocals and guitar, Mike Shugrue on bass and vocals, Tom Doherty on lead guitar and Bill Geyer on drums. Make What's What a lively part of your fantastic night Downtown!