TROY — Troy Main Street Inc. will kick off the Downtown Troy Summer Concert Series with the Eric Jerardi Band at Prouty Plaza in downtown Troy at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 17. This show marks the first concert in the Downtown Troy Summer Concert Series that annually brings thousands of visitors and locals alike to Troy’s historic downtown square.
Eric Jerardi, of the Eric Jerardi Band, is considered a true blues rocker. His live shows are legendary across markets in the United States. Jerardi has released seven CD’s and has worked with some of the industry’s best, from producer David Z (Prince, Fine Young Cannibals, Johnny Lang, Etta James), to recording with Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Bros., Black Crowes. Jerardi began his musical career with winning a battle of the bands contest in 1989 at Ohio University.
Over the years, he has shared the stage with Little Feat, Robin Trower, and Jim Belushi at the House of Blues, Chicago and LA; played with Eric Johnson on Cape Cod; jammed with Keith Urban, Wynonna, and Kenny Chesney in Nashville; and headlined B.B. Kings in Memphis, Nashville, LA, and Manhattan. He has played in countless blues festivals, major concerts, and a myriad of other shows around the country for the last 25 years.
In addition to his music career, Jerardi has owned and operated “Jerardi’s Little Store” in Dayton, and he is an accomplished chef and sommelier, as well as a wine educator and host of the “Get Real Wine Series” available on DVD.
The Eric Jerardi Band is presented by Troy Main Street, with sponsorship from Patty Rose Allstate, Troy CARSTAR, Steve and Marty Baker, and Troy Community Radio. Troy Main Street will also be hosting This Side Up on June 17, Mad River Railroad on July 29, and Hotel California on Aug. 5. All concerts are free and open to the public.
The Downtown Troy Summer Concert Series is a collaborative effort between the Troy Foundation, Troy Main Street, Troy-Hayner Cultural Center and the city of Troy. Visit www.troymainstreet.org or call (937) 339-5455 the day of the concert for location confirmation in the event of rain. Information on the Eric Jerardi Band can be found at www.ericjerardi.com or on the Eric Jerardi Band Facebook page.