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Magpie Salute to perform at July 18 Downtown Alive concert

May 22, 2018 • by Reading Downtown Improvement District
Downtown Alive Outdoor Concert Series

The Magpie Salute – featuring Rich Robinson, the guitarist and co-founding member of The Black Crowes, together with two key members of Crowes fame, guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien – will perform as part of the Downtown Alive free outdoor concert series, presented by Weidenhammer. Opening act will be Flux Capacitor, a Reading-based trio.

When: Wednesday, July 18 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: Fifth and Penn Streets in downtown Reading

The Magpie Salute is an exciting new band that features musicians who have played together for decades throughout various projects and share a musical bond. The band brings Rich Robinson, the guitarist and co-founding member of The Black Crowes, together with two key members of Crowes fame — guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien — alongside drummer Joe Magistro, keyboardist Matt Slocum and lead singer John Hogg (Hookah Brown, Moke). Following close to 80 appearances over the course of 2017, The Magpie Salute entered Dark Horse Studios in Nashville this past winter to record their debut release of original repertoire. That album will be released late summer. The band’s performance at Downtown Alive on July 18 will feature these new songs alongside others culled from a catalog of over 200 compositions the band has played since their inception.

Flux Capacitor has emerged on the national level through years of touring the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and playing distinguished sets at such major settings as Bonnaroo, Peach Festival, Domefest, Wormtown, and Werk-Out West. This band of brothers’ music features elements of rock, improvisation and electronica. Flux has shared the stage with the likes of Papadosio, Lotus, Dopapod, Twiddle, and The Werks. Flux has four albums, a live album and three singles to its credit.

The Downtown Alive concert series is presented by the Reading Downtown Improvement District in partnership with Illusion Sound & Lighting, which is booking the acts, and Greater Reading Chamber Alliance.

Each concert will have a festival atmosphere and include food trucks and beer and wine for sale. A “kids play zone” will also be set up and feature a variety of activities for children.

Negotiations are being finalized with performers for the other two concerts scheduled this summer. Those acts will be announced in the coming weeks. The other concerts are scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, and Wednesday, September 19.

Berks County Community Foundation, which has been financially supporting the concert series since its inception in 2015, is providing $100,000 from the Hawley and Myrtle Quier Fund. Berks County Convention Center Authority is also contributing $40,000. Weidenhammer once again will be the Platinum Sponsor.

Additional sponsors are the Reading Parking Authority, which will provide free parking at its Fourth and Cherry Streets Garage starting at 4 p.m. on the date of each concert; Savage 61 Dodge as the stage sponsor; and DoubleTree by Hilton Reading as the hospitality sponsor.

More information on the series can be found at

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