On Wednesday, July 5th, Country superstar bands The Cadillac Three and Eli Young Band entertained a packed crowd of cowboy boot wearing fans for the second installment of Penn Street’s Downtown Alive Free Concert Series 2017. Audience members were entertained by a night of free music, delicious food, and clear skies. At 5pm the 2014 “Best New Band” recipient, The Cadillac Three, took the stage to rock out with the crowd to their multiple hit songs and new Southern melodies. Fans applauded and danced as the group sang Party Like You, White Lightening, and the band’s popular anthem The South.
Around 7:00pm, The Cadillac Three’s front man, Jaren Johnston, asked the crowd if they were ready for country award-winning group Eli Young Band! The response was a deafening roar from the audience as fans raised their beers and screamed for the upcoming band. As the sun was setting, Eli Young Band took the stage and played many of their classic songs including Even If It Breaks Your Heart, Drunk Last Night, and Dust. Fans in the audience swayed and sang along as the band rocked out to their earlier hits and many new songs from their new album “Fingerprints.”
As the night wound down, country fans were in for a treat as Eli Young Band returned on stage for an encore to play their 2012 ACM Single of the Year song Crazy Girl. Many audience members thought the night was over after that mega jam, but think again! The Cadillac Three and Eli Young Band combined on stage to play their own version of Jimmy Eat World’s The Middle. Fans and audience members alike were thrilled by the last song and danced their way off of Penn Street. This country duo concert definitely provided the people of Reading and Berks County with a great summer night filled with fantastic free music!