SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Stearns Square Summer Concert series continued on Aug. 14 with a performance by veteran rocker John Eddie. The event was part of the City of Springfield's summer-long concert series that runs through the end of the month with an appearance by The Smithereens on Aug. 28.
The Stearns Square Summer Concert series takes place on Thursday nights in downtown Springfield's historic Stearns Square. The square serves as the hub of the city's entertainment district and vibrant Club Quarter.
The square is centrally located between Worthington Street and Bridge Street.
John Eddie performed a 90-minute set at the downtown Springfield venue that featured covers such as Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run," alongside original material like "If You're Here When I Get Back," which was a Top Ten hit in the Triple-A radio format.
Eddie also reprised "Low Life," which Kid Rock recorded for his "Rock and Roll Jesus" release.
At one point during the set, Eddie called up dozens of women from the audience to serve as backup singers on "Honky Tonk Woman," and urged the audience on several occasions to "get Springfield loud."
The long-running series began as CityBlock in the summer of 2000 when the city closed off part of Main Street indowntown Springfield and made an outdoor, festival-type setting for live concerts.
The following year, the series moved to Stearns Square in an effort to highlight the Club Quarter's eclectic mix of restaurants, nightclubs, office space, and market-rate housing.
This season, the concert series has brought in regional and national acts like Eddie, The Spin Doctors, and Roomful of Blues.
The concerts are free and open to the public and the music begins at 8 p.m.
The Stearns Square Summer Concert Series is produced by the Springfield Business Improvement District. For more information in the concerts and events going on in downtown Springfield, visit www.springfielddowntown.com.
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