Renowned keyboardist, composer and producer Marvin Floyd will play in his hometown during week four of the Downtown Sounds Concert Series at the Glen Cove Village Square Plaza on Friday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. Floyd has performed numerous times in the 18-year history of Downtown Sounds and his shows are always high-energy events with multiple musical genres featured.
Floyd began playing the organ at the age of 6 after being inspired by his musician brothers. He was playing in a band by the age of 12 and writing and composing music not long thereafter.
After a short stint at I.M.G. Records, he founded Nivram Productions, a recording studio in Glen Cove. Producing at his own studio allowed Floyd to further develop his musical skills and he also benefited from performing with musical legends like The O’Jays, Lou Rawls and Aretha Franklin.
In 2003, he won CD101.9’s New Artists Showcase and in recent years has served as the musical director for hip hop princess Ashanti. He also joined Ashanti for a recent world tour.
When Floyd takes the stage at Downtown Sounds, he will not be alone. He has many friends in the field and is known to invite a plethora of talented musicians to join him during his shows. This time, he will be accompanied by the Chauncey Nedd Band. Local artist Jason Crosby will also appear as his band, Glass Bottom Soul, will open the show playing funk, rock and soul music for the masses.
Every Friday night during July and August, the Downtown Business Improvement District and the City of Glen Cove join forces to bring Downtown Sounds to the Village Square at the intersection of Glen and Bridge Streets. This annual outdoor concert series, which is free to the public, is designed to use music as a promotional tool to boost the local economy. The weekly concerts typically bring 600 to 1,000 people to the city’s streets, which increases patronage of local businesses including many area restaurants. The event has grown substantially since its debut in 1997 and the city now closes School Street due to the overflow crowds.
Presenting sponsors for Downtown Sounds 2015 are Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Garvies Point. Other sponsors include American Community Bank, North Shore-LIJ Glen Cove Hospital, North Coast Subaru, Kimco Realty, American Paving & Masonry Corp., Bridge Marine, The Downtown Cafe and The Glen Cove Printery.
Media partner is The SUNY College at Old Westbury, OWWR Old Westbury Web Radio (www.owwrny.org) and OWTV Old Westbury Television. Host Joe Manfredi will be streaming the concerts live on www.ustream.tv; keyword: OWWRNY.
Free parking for Downtown Sounds is available at the nearby municipal garage. In the case of rain, the advertised acts will perform at the Wunsch Arts Center at R.M. Finley Middle School on Forest Avenue. For more information, call the Glen Cove BID at 516-759-6570 or visit www.glencovedowntown.org or www.downtownsoundslive.org.