Local bands and independent musicians from all over the state came together at Freese Park Tuesday night for a chance to perform for free.
With the help of Norwalk 2.0 and members of Music to China, both of which have granted the means to promote the arts between the Wall Street area to City Hall corridor, Freese Park has become one of Norwalk's outdoor social settings.
"There's very few places in Norwalk to enjoy live music," said Jackie Lightfield of Norwalk 2.0. "These are original musicians from all over the state that come down here."
Tuesday Night Jam was started by a group of Norwalk musicians providing open mic nights every Tuesday in local bars, restaurants and clubs. Members say as soon as they found an outdoor setting over the summer, there was no turning back.
"Everybody likes to play outside, there's no place better," said Tuesday Night Jam Drummer David Lindsay. "We get a lot of people, people walk by, people can hear it and see it so we've been getting a really good crowd and that's fun."
Organizers say it's just one more step in revitalizing the downtown Norwalk area.
"They were promoting a lot of arts, but not a lot of music and this fit in perfectly with the plan to add music to all of the arts being promoted and we found a home for them in a little park," said President and CEO of Music to China Steve Serasis. "This park was never really used for many good things and this is a really good positive thing, the biggest crowd we've had is about 150 people."
The open mic session will be held at the park every Tuesday until September 24th from 7 to 10 p.m., weather permitting, and is open to anyone willing to perform.
"I think we had our first band in '72. We were pretty awful but it was fun," said Drew Harris from the Harris Brother's Balken Band.
"We play a style of music from southeast Europe, folk music commonly referred to the Balkan Areas, a lot of it is from Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria and we try to play as much as we can in the Rome-gypsy style from that," said Laine Harris. "So we're real different than anything you're going to have here tonight."