Sounds Around Town

Sounds Around Town

WQLN’s Sounds Around Town series of free concerts and TV & radio broadcasts, launched in 2014, will return with four free Friday evening concerts, July 9 to July 30, outdoors at WQLN, 8425 Peach St., Erie, (indoors in case of inclement weather), featuring all local bands.

Each year, music lovers of all ages enjoy WQLN's Sounds Around Town free concerts in the picturesque setting of WQLN's wooded pavilion. The public is once again invited and encouraged to bring their picnic blankets and festival chairs for four family-friendly evenings of local entertainment.

As an added bonus, you'll get a peek at the behind-the-scenes operation of WQLN PBS NPR production. We'll record the concerts live and air them on WQLN PBS on Thursday nights this summer and on WQLN NPR throughout the coming year.

Showtime for each 60- to 90-minute concert is 7:30pm
*with the exception of the first concert, on July 9, which begins at 7pm.
WQLN PBS NPR production will begin at 6:00pm, and guests are invited to come early.

Cost: FREE


The Erie Philharmonic Brass Ensemble

The Erie Philharmonic Brass Ensemble is a 14-person brass ensemble, led by Conductor and Erie Phil Principal Tuba Ken Heinlein. Music will include everything from patriotic classics to pops favorites as well as a few lush brass chorales.

Concert begins at 7:00pm

The Riff Riders

Bringing soul and passion to every performance, the bands guitar fueled, no frills brand of blues has won over the hearts of rock and blues enthusiasts alike. From outdoor festivals, to intimate club scenes, their crowd of followers grows after every show. The Riff Rider’s five members bring decades of experience performing in the local club scene. They include Amy Shallenberger (vocals), Sean Seth (guitar), Otis James (harp), Tony LaPaglia (bass), Joe Caprara (drums & vocals).

Concert begins at 7:30pm

Tiny Paper Boats

Tiny Paper Boats are an indie pop band from Erie PA, whose sound is reminiscent of the Velvet Underground and Mazzy Star. They Started playing music together in the fall of 2018 and were voted Erie's Best New Band in the Erie Reader's Best of Erie poll.

Concert begins at 7:30pm

Smilo & The Ghost

"Smilo & the Ghost is Soul Folkin' Good. An original acoustic act bringing influences from Blues, Folk, and Rock. Playing every show like it's their last." The band includes Jassen Wilber (Bass), Adam McKillip (Mandolin, Vocal), Dominick DeCecco (Banjo), and Tyler Smilo  (Guitar, Vocals).

Concert begins at 7:30pm

Presented in partnership with

  • Erie Arts & Culture
  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
  • National Fuel

This project was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Watch past Sounds Around Town concerts on WQLN Passport