Downtown at Sundown announces summer lineup

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BROOKINGS – The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce says Downtown at Sundown will be back for its seventh summer of free concerts at Fifth Street and Main Avenue in downtown Brookings. 

Every Thursday night from July 21 through Aug. 18, the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce invites the community to enjoy free family fun from 5:30 to 9 p.m. with live music, food, beverages and free activities. 

Each week features a different headliner band, while food vendors and retail booths offer a little something for everyone. The 2022 lineup includes:

July 21: Ivory

Ivory features all original musicians – all five are lead singers. This year’s tour members hail from Burbank, California; Boulder, Colorado; Atlanta; Minneapolis and Wyoming. Its musicians have worked with members of or performed with bands like Huey Lewis, Deep Purple, Atlanta Rhythm Section, .38 Special, the Beach Boys, Three Dog Night, America, and a host of others. This year’s repertoire is “legendary Rock ’n Roll” featuring a wide variety of the biggest recognizable hits geared toward sing-along and get-up-and-dance music. 

July 28: Joey Leone’s Chop Shop 

Very rarely do you see a world class guitar player who can sing a wide variety of material authentically and be a polished performer as well. But after gracing stages for many years honing his craft as a sideman as well as a front man, that is what Joey Leone brings to every show. 

The current incarnation of Leone’s successful career is a blending of classic, rock, soul and country music, with a tasteful addition of Leone’s original material. Leone gracefully and without compromise can deliver an entire concert of authentic blues in the tradition of his influences: Albert King, Magic Sam, Freddie King and Otis Rush. The twang of his vintage Telecaster can bring audiences back to the familiar sound of Bakersfield guitar giants like Don Rich and Roy Nichols. And he can bend and beckon you like his idol Roy Buchanan. Leone’s classic rock reputation dates back to the October 1992 issue of Guitar Player magazine, where Leone sound was compared to none other than Jimi Hendrix. 

Aug. 4: The Barn Flies

The Barn Flies is the alt-country, country rock and Americana duo of Casey Wilson and Carleen Wild Wilson along with rockers Thad Drietz on bass, vocals, guitar and fiddle; Eric Blissmer on drums; “Righteous” Rylee Chavez on lead guitar; and Ted Kulm on sound and vocals. The band was formerly known as “Jerry Scheckle and the Midnight Ramblers,” and they cut their teeth on the backroad rural bars of South Dakota. 

Much of their writing revolves around rodeo and rural life, along with a snarky dose of humor. Some of the duo’s songs also document a part of history that they feel needs told and is often neglected in modern music and songwriting. Currently the recordings are produced and recorded on their South Dakota ranch in their basement recording studio, Retrocowboy Records, with their full band. The band had been called by fans “country rock band with ADHD,” covering Willie Nelson to Waylon Jennings to AC/DC to Guns N Roses in the same set. 

Aug. 11: Devon Worley Band 

The Devon Worley Band is riding its own raw edge of country and rock, bringing a brand-new attitude to country music. From their songwriting style to their studio recordings, the girl and her band are forging their own unique path. However, their true love is the stage. Their passion for the live show, the audience and their fans is evident – and their talent undeniable. 

Aug. 18: Mickey Utley Band 

The band has been together and touring for the last several years, traveling to many venues such as casinos, cruise ships, fairs and festivals. This high-energy band, with many years of experience, will be sure to please crowds. 

For more information on Downtown at Sundown, visit www.downtownatsundown.org for the 2022 lineup, sponsor highlights, vendors, history, and more.

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