Carlos Jones/P.L.U.S Band Set the Summer in Motion with a Virtual Live Concert

Sat 5/23 @ 8-9:30PM

One of the signs of summer in Cleveland is its many free outdoor concerts. But one by one, all the beloved festivals and concert series are being cancelled. We received word last week that, not unexpectedly, Wade Oval Wednesdays, which packed thousands into the green space between the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Botanical Garden, won’t be happening this year.

That means that the highlight performance of the series, the pre-July 4th show featuring Carlos Jones & the P.L.U.S. Band and fireworks, has been scrapped. And to many Clevelanders the P.L.U.S. Band’s sunny reggae-inspired music with its upbeat vibe IS the sound of summer in northeast Ohio. It’s the biggest time of year for the band and its reggae family, who come out of hibernation to dance under the sun and stars. And while Jones has streamed a couple of acoustic living room concerts, all those band performances are on hold.

Now he’s hoping to lure them into their living rooms at dance with him when he and his full band perform a live-streamed concert from Brothers Lounge. All eight musicians will be on stage — six feet apart! Sure, it won’t be the same, and there won’t be all that hugging that normally goes on at a P.L.U.S. Band concert, but they’ll be revving up that summer vibe with their positive vibrations. But alas, no fireworks!

The pandemic has also put on hold the new album the group was planning to have out to share at their summer events when Magnetic North Recording closed its doors temporarily. But perhaps they’ll share a song or two. It’s free thanks to event sponsors the Stasek Group, Champion Personnel, RCR Recording Studios, and Noteworthy Federal Credit Union.

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