Above: Bluesman Robert Cray will perform a free concert on the New Haven Green on July 23.
Music will be filling the air in New Haven as free concerts return to the Green on consecutive Saturdays: July 9, 16 and 23.
The series opens on July 9 with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, featuring music director William Boughton conducting, performing a fun-filled evening concert for the whole family of “Peter and the Wolf.” The 7 p.m. performance will feature a vaudeville-style acting duo, Really Inventive Stuff, who will be acting out the story along with the music. The 6 p.m. opening act is still to be determined.
On July 16, R&B singer/songwriter Johnny Gill, best known for his romantic ballads and as a member of the boy-band New Edition, will perform at 7 p.m. Gill joined the group in 1987 and was featured on its 1988 album “Heart Break.” As a soloist, he continued his role as a romantic balladeer and released a self-titled album in 1990, which included “My, My, My,” his signature hit song that has been included on numerous romantic compilations. The 6 p.m. opening act is still to be determined.
The series wraps on July 23 at 7 p.m. with five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-guitarist Robert Cray. Joined by long-time band members bassist Richard Cousins, keyboardist Jim Pugh and drummer Anthony Braunage, The Robert Cray Band will perform Cray’s hits and songs from the band’s studio album, “This Time.” Furious George is the 6 p.m. opening act.
For more information, visit Music on the Green.