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  • Hedda Jarhall

Live music at waterfront brings community together

The Great Lawn packed for Clematis by Night

Every Thursday night, a concert is held by the waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach. This event is called Clematis by Night and is organized by the City of West Palm Beach. These concerts are held for several weeks during the fall at the Palm Stage of the Great Lawn.

The last concert on Sept. 28 was a Jimmy Buffett tribute show, which brought friends and family together to enjoy live music and food.

The concerts, started nearly three decades ago, have become a tradition for the city. Every week a new artist or music group performs. The Carribean Chillers, a music group that recreates Jimmy Buffett concerts and plays “standard” band music, was that night’s performers.

Carla Trivino attended the concert with her girlfriend and their son. She said it was the first time in years she had gone, but expressed how the Jimmy Buffet tribute made her want to rediscover Clematis by Night.

“My girlfriend was driving by and saw the stage being set up. She heard that it was a Jimmy Buffett honor concert, so we said it would be fun to go and check it out. It has been great so far,” Trivino said.

Trivino said her favorite part was the location of the concert by the water, and she appreciated the nice weather.

“It has been raining so much lately. I am glad the weather is nice as long as we can have it,” Trivino said.

Trivino would recommend Clematis by Night to anyone looking to leave the house for a couple of hours. She said the event was great for people of all ages because it was a big space by the stage where children could play, but where adults also could sit and enjoy the music.

“I think it is a great place for people to come and get together and enjoy a night out after work with their families not too far from home,” she explained.

That night the Great Lawn was filled with hundreds of people singing and dancing. Many visitors also brought their own blankets and chairs to sit on while eating, drinking and enjoying the concert.

Sofia and Sarah Monjaras, two sisters who were invited by their friends, attended the concert for the first time. They said the different food options were their favorite thing about the event.

“We did not know what concert it was, but so far it has been a positive experience. There are some really good food options,” Sofia said.

“So far the doughnuts are the best,” Sarah added.

They said it was a good family, especially for children. And, they expressed that even friends could make an excellent hang of Clematis by Night.

“We will definitely come back to another concert night,” they said.

By Hedda Jarhall

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