Aside from downtown's vast array of more than 10 arts and entertainment venues that provide phenomenal daily to weekly programming, Downtown Framingham, Inc. hosted three outdoor and two indoor concerts in May and June 2018. The concerts were awarded to venues that participated in the 2018 Taste of Downtown Framingham.
To highlight the importance of transit-oriented development, three concerts were held within one block of the Framingham MBTA Commuter Rail and MWRTA Intermodal stations. The outdoor concerts garnered heightened attention from walkers, cyclists, and many drivers (while they waited for the red light to change at the intersection of routes 126 and 135).
Passersby were intriqued as they admired the Max Holm Pop Band at Depot 417 and the Sean Oliver Quartet at Miranda Bread, which took third place at the Taste of Downtown Framingham. The patio at Terra Braslis was a natural concert platform for Masashi Nakamura at 264 Waverly Street. Terra Brasilis took second place at the 2018 Taste of Downtown Framingham.
Indoors, viola phenom Jeremy Green entertained a packed house at Sofa Cofa with his bubbly renditions of current chart-topping hits. RR6 Kitchen and Bar, the winner of the 2018 Taste of Downtown Framingham, was infused with rock sounds from the Abraham Band on May 25.
All concerts were contracted through a partnership with the Berklee College of Music, and admission was free of charge. The series successfully stimulated placemaking and foot traffic in Framingham's urban core.
Additionally, Downtown Framingham, Inc. sponsored the Hot Tamale Band for Framingham's Flag Day Parade, held June 10. This marching jazz band is the official band of the Boston Red Sox, and parade watchers were overjoyed to hear the standard jazz hits.