The Menus perform during the Broad Street Bash Wednesday, July 17 in downtown Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

How organizers are helping Middletown’s Broad Street Bash concerts after weather issues

Adriane Scherrer, organizer of the Bash, said the crowd Wednesday was about two-thirds of what normally turns out for The Menus concert.

“It was awesome,” Scherrer said about Wednesday’s concert.

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The 2019 Broad Street Bash season has been hampered by rain this year as both June concerts had to be rescheduled to August. The concert series, which is in its 13th season, is held from 5 to 10 p.m. every other Wednesday at Governor’s Square in downtown Middletown.

The rescheduled concerts include:

Doug Hart and Fred Gillespie, rescheduled from June 5 to Aug. 21.

The X-Toads and The Magnums, rescheduled from June 19 to Aug. 28.

“In the end, it did not hurt us to reschedule the concerts and the vendors worked with us,” she said.

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Each Broad Street Bash concert features the musicians and a variety of food selections, as well as activities for children.

In addition to this summer’s rain-outs, Scherrer said the Broad Street Bash beer vendors are finding it challenging to sell beer inside the downtown Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area.

She said patrons are able to purchase a wristband and other types of alcoholic beverages rather than from the beer vendors. Revenues from the beer vendors go toward concert costs, she said.

“We’re doing fundraisers to keep the Bash viable,” Scherrer said.

She said organizers will continue to hold raffles at upcoming concerts to help raise funds to cover concert costs.

For the Aug. 14 concert, which will celebrate music from the 1969 Woodstock festival, Scherrer said a framed Woodstock poster from the event will be raffled off.

A variety of local musicians will perform music from artists who played at Woodstock, such as Janis Joplin and The Who. Guests can dress in their favorite Woodstock outfits and have a photo taken in the VolkswagenPhoto Bus.

The Broad Street Bash season will conclude with the annual Monster Bash, Middletown’s city-wide Halloween party, on Saturday, Oct. 12.

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