Adding to the growing momentum of activity in downtown Reading, five free concerts featuring nationally-touring acts will perform on Penn Street later this year as part of the new Downtown Alive by Weidenhammer performance series. Each concert will feature a festival atmosphere and include food trucks and a beer garden.

As the result of a successful first year, the Downtown Alive by Weidenhammerfree outdoor concert series is returning to downtown Reading starting in June. The series is growing from three to five concerts and will feature a dynamic lineup of nationally-touring acts from varying musical genres.

The series is being staged again on Penn Street by the Reading Downtown Improvement District and the SMG-managed Santander Arena. As in the first year, Berks County Community Foundation is providing funding for the concerts. In addition, the Berks County Convention Center Authority is financially supporting the expanded series.

These concerts are free of charge for the community and are adding to the growing momentum of activity in downtown Reading. Each date features food carts, a beer garden, and summer night music festival ambiance.

This year’s lineup consists of Brothers Osborne, a multi-ACM and Grammy-nominated country music duo; The Struts, a rising English alternative rock band who have previously opened for the Rolling Stones and Motley Crue; Toad the Wet Sprocket and Rusted Root, rock bands who have had many hits on the Billboard Top 100 charts including “All I Want,” “Walk the Ocean” and “Send Me On My Way”; Marc Broussard, an American singer-songwriter with a style described as a mix of funk, blues, R&B, rock and pop with Southern roots; and the Pat McGee Band, a rock band from Richmond, Va., that has shared the stage with The Who, The Allman Brothers Band, Fleetwood Mac and many more.

The final concert will also serve as a kickoff to the Reading Royals hockey season, which begins that night at the Santander Arena.