Blues on the Block returns for second show of 2021

A Block Island tradition is back better than ever
Thu, 08/05/2021 - 3:15pm

One of the island’s favorite events, Blues on the Block - a family-friendly public concert featuring local blues bands -- will next take place on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion at 5:30 p.m. The band Johnnie and the East Coast Rockers will entertain attendees until 7:00 p.m.
The concert is sponsored by Sertex Broadband Solutions, the company working to build Rhode Island’s first municipally-owned high speed fiber network on Block Island.
Blues on the Block is free and open to the public. Alcohol is not allowed on the beach. The first concert in the series took place on July 28. The final concert is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 25.

“Among the many things that were missed last year, Blues on the Block was one of the events people missed the most,” said Lars Trodson, executive director of the Block Island Chamber of Commerce, organizer of this year’s concerts. “It’s fun. Music is in the air. People are dancing and enjoying a relaxing island evening. We’re very pleased to partner with Sertex Broadband Solutions. Without them, Blues on the Block – and high speed internet - would not be happening. We’re grateful for their support.”

“We really appreciate the support and patience of Block Islanders,” shared Mike Solitro, president and CEO of Sertex Broadband Solutions. “Building a fiber network is a complex process and construction of BroadbandBI is an historic accomplishment. New Shoreham is the first town in Rhode Island to envision and build a publicly-owned fiber network, and Rhode Island is just the second state in New England to have a town investing in a municipally-owned broadband infrastructure. We thought it would be appropriate to celebrate New Shoreham’s vision and accomplishment with a community beach party.”

The concert will be emcee’d by island resident and musician Jimmy Murray. Meals for the band are being provided by Aldo’s Restaurant.
“We’re thankful for all the support these concerts have received from the local community,” said Trodson. “It’s so nice to have Blues on the Block back in action.”