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Outdoor concert to keep the music alive

PLATTSBURGH - After the success of the concert on Bridge Street during the Mayor's Cup festivities, The Green Room owner Chris Dumont, has decided to keep events going downtown.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, The Green Room will sponsor an outdoor concert on Upper Bridge Street featuring the Long Island-based band Cloud 9, Albany-based band Stuck on Stupid, and DJ Strongrm of Burlington, Vt.

"The college kids really love Cloud 9," said Dumont. "Stuck on Stupid is liked by the locals, so I figured I would get a little bit of everything for everyone."

The event, which will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., is designed with families in mind.

"This is for everyone," Dumont said. "The only place you can consume alcohol is inside the bar or in our designated area outside. Pepsi's going to be walking around. We're going to get some Redbull samples. Monster Energy Drink is going to hand out some samples."'

"It's more for the families and kids to come out and enjoy themselves," he added.

All three groups to be featured at the concert are family-friendly. Dumont considers Cloud 9 to be a "Sublime-type band," while Stuck on Stupid is a "classic rock/alternative band - anything from Led Zeppelin to AC/DC. And DJ Strongrm covers the 95 Triple X house music type of stuff."

The idea to have a concert was something Dumont had hoped to bring to Plattsburgh when he opened the bar.

"When I was in high school, they actually used to do a show on Upper Bridge Street and the people really enjoyed it," he recalled. "It walked off the beaten path of the traditional Mayor's Cup. We brought it back and we had about 500, 600 people show up in the street. It was pretty impressive."

Concerts such as this are something Dumont thinks needs to continue, as it brings more people downtown, benefitting all the local businesses.

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