LAWRENCE — The Claddagh Pub will turn its parking lot into an outdoor concert venue with outdoor bars, cotton candy, fried dough, a dunk tank starting today for a three-day block party. Tickets range from $10 to 15 and are available through Ticketmaster.com and at the gates.
Festival organizer and promoter Bernie Goulet of New England Concerts along with Brian Farrell, owner of the Claddagh Pub, both Lawrence residents, are hosting the event with the goal of putting a positive spotlight on the city.
“The goal of this event is to attract new and old visitors from Lawrence and surrounding communities to come see what the city has to offer,” Goulet said. “We are looking at providing a great entertainment experience in a fun and safe atmosphere.”
Friday’s entertainment includes cover bands Joshua Tree and Soundtrack To Monday. Saturday’s lineup features jam and reggae bands, including Lawrence’s own Romano Project. Later in the evening, multiple DJs are planned for a “PAINT THE SKY” event — paint blasts will be set off to electronic dance music. Concertgoers are encouraged to wear white clothing to get the true neon glow paint experience underneath the blacklights. Hosting event will be Lawrence native Michael Homewood, also known as Mic Stylz, along with Hot 96.9 Hustle Simmons.
The grand finale will be Sunday. Dubbed “Rock the Block,” the lineup features more than 30 of the area’s top local rock bands on two stages, including the reunited lineup of Haverhill natives Blind by Noon as well as the female-fronted band Leaving Eden, which recently completed a national tour and is based in Methuen. This event will be hosted by Mistress Carrie from WAAF 107.3.
Tickets for all events are available through Ticketmaster.com or at the gates the day of event. The event will go on as scheduled, rain or shine.