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Provo's Rooftop Concert Series kicks off on Friday

Provo’s Rooftop Concert series kicks off its seventh season of free concerts this Friday, May 6th at the NuSkin Plaza in Downtown Provo.

Friday’s lineup begins with popular hip-hop artist Mimi Knowles. Utah favorite girl-band The Aces, who have opened for the Neon Trees, will follow with new music. Rooftop concert veteran band The Str!ke, who have opened for Journey and Kelly Clarkson and have performed on Dancing With the Stars, will close the show.

The Str!ke performs at the Velour in Provo. (photo credit: Justin Hackworth)

The show is expected to draw thousands to Provo’s Center Street. College students and music fans are drawn to Provo for these major events. This year’s show sponsors are Provo City, Chatbooks, Google Fiber, Sodalicious and Utah Bubble Sports.

The Provo Rooftop Concert Series began in 2010 as part of an effort to revamp downtown Provo. Notable previous headliners include Imagine Dragons, Fictionist, The National Parks, Mindy Gledhill, The Lower Lights and Neon Trees.

The free concerts used to be held on the roof of the Provo Town Square Parking Garage, but the 2015 season saw a venue change when the crowds grew too big for the space. An estimated 10,000 people attended a concert in the 2015 series last September to see Neon Trees perform. The Concert Series has helped launch Provo into the national music scene.

An aerial shot of the crowd gathered to see Kaskade headline the Rooftop Concert Series in September 2015.

Courtney Kendrick, co-founder and sponsor of the Provo Rooftop Concert Series, expressed her excitement for the 2016 concert season on the event’s website.

“This year we’re planning on maintaining our Rooftop roots – concentrating on new up-and-coming bands from our local scene and giving spotlight to some of our favorite Provo bands,” Kendrick said. “We do have some surprises in store – it’s going to be a delightful season for sure.”

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and concertgoers of all ages are encouraged to attend. As always, the show is free.

For more information, visit the event website at rooftopconcertseries.com.

The crowd at the Kaskade concert in Sept. 2015. (photo credit: Justin Hackworth)

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