Go Go Gadjet to return for kickoff of Downtown Alive series


Reading's Downtown Alive concerts are set to return for their fifth year with a fan favorte kicking off the outdoor series.

Go Go Gadjet will team up with DJ duo Black Caviar to begin the six-concert series on Penn Street on Wednesday, May 29, the Reading Downtown Improvement District (DID) announced Thursday.

"Go Go Gadjet opened last year's concert series and received such an enthusiastic response that we decided to tap them again as our opener," said Charles R. Broad, DID's executive director. "It just so happens that the band has close ties with Black Caviar, a DJ duo, which was involved with the award-winning soundtrack for the latest "Spiderman" movie."

Go Go Gadjet's band members, together for more than a decade, have strong roots in Berks County, and Black Caviar is comprised of Jarred Piccone, a Berks County native, and Troy Hinson, a former Kutztown resident.

Five other concerts will follow between June and October and feature a broad mix of musical genres. Performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

All six concerts will be staged in the 500 block of Penn Street, starting at 5 p.m. The festival atmosphere will include food trucks and beer and wine for sale. A "kids play zone" will feature a variety of activities for children.

The Berks County Community Foundation will continue to be a financial supporter of the concert series, as it has been since its inception in 2015. The Berks County Convention Center Authority is another major sponsor.