The Midtown Crossing Wohlner’s probably experienced a small spike in Wednesday night beer sales. And a few kids on roller skates tried to steal the show.
That was the communal flavor of the Live at Turner Park concert series. People toted beer and food from the surrounding stores and restaurants, and spread out their picnic blankets for a free show.
LIFE is COOL opened the series with an American flag waving behind the shoulders of the eight-piece band. As he foreshadowed in a Q&A from earlier this week, frontman Jim Reilly surreptitiously called out the more-than-noticeable amount of security at Midtown Crossing before playing “Contraband City.” But to the average attendee, unfamiliar with LIFE is COOL’s social persuasions, an image of a deep-rostered party band is probably what floated to the surface. Trumpets, keys, two guitars and inherently self-encouraging song like “JDWYD (Just Do What You Do).”
Skypiper followed on the white cornucopic stage, more than big enough to support their bulbous pop rock sound. The “oh-oh” breakdowns in nearly every Skypiper song were earworms for the many dancing kids on the grass with their parents.
The series continues this Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. with Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship and Snake Island! RSVP here.