Noon-hour diners heard Mr. Bojangles and other songs performed by singer Ross Stafford and drummer Don J. Swift on the Ross Street Patio. (Advocate file photo).

Red Deer’s downtown reasonates with music during Ross Street Patio concerts

Local artists of all genres can be heard throughout the summer

Planning outdoor events is always a gamble in central Alberta, where snowflakes can appear during any month of the year.

But when the celestial elements align just right — the sun is shining, the sky’s a cloudless blue and there’s nary a hailstone in sight — there’s nowhere better to be than listening to live music on the Ross Street Patio in Red Deer.

Diane Hermary and her friends rarely miss a Wednesday patio show — the music starts at 4:30 p.m. to coincide with the Downtown Farmer’s Market and goes until 6:30 p.m.

“For me, it’s about creating community and a vibrant downtown,” said Hermary.

But it’s also about hanging out with friends, hearing great tunes, and supporting local artists and entrepreneurs along Ross Street.

“We’re always there on Wednesdays,” added Hermary, who enjoys the summertime vibe.

Patio concerts can also be heard on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There are monthly Friday night Patio Parties from 6 to 9 p.m. on July 12 and Aug. 9. As well, Saturday Socials are now held from 6 to 10 p.m. on July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 14.

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Advocate file photo Passing cyclists hear music performed by singer Ross Stafford and drummer Don J. Swift on the Ross Street Patio.

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