Ohio city gets boost from downtown summer concerts

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — The return of free mid-week concerts for the summer is music to the ears of residents and businesspeople in a southwest Ohio city.

The eighth annual, 10-week Broad Street Bash that resumed May 14 is a boost to businesses, nonprofits who raise funds, and for residents in the mostly working-class city of Middletown looking for something fun and free to do.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports (http://bit.ly/1oOMI4H ) that most of the bands and vendors are local. And the thousands of residents who attend say the Bash is nice for family activities and for high school reunions.

Food, T-shirts, and other items make money for vendors, and business owners like that the concerts bring people downtown in the middle of the week.

There are also children's play activities.

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