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The Downtown Alive free outdoor concert season will wrap up on Saturday, October 19 during the free block party that will kick off the Reading Royals hockey season (hockey starts at 7 p.m. — tickets available here). The party starts at 3 p.m. in the 700 block of Penn Street. Cracker will be the featured band with Talk Louder! as the opening act.

Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, and insurgent-country, and it has even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown around. But more than anything, Cracker are survivors. Co-founders David Lowery and Johnny Hickman have been at it for over a quarter of a century – amassing 10 studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe (“Low,” “Euro-Trash Girl,” “Get Off This” and “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me” to name just a few), and a worldwide fan base – that despite the major sea changes within the music industry – continues to grow each year.

Cracker’s 10th and most recent studio effort, the acclaimed double-album, Berkeley To Bakersfield, finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape – the northern Bay area and further down-state in Bakersfield.

Each concert in the Downtown Alive free concert series will feature a festival atmosphere and include food trucks, beer and wine for sale. All shows will be held in the 500 block of Penn Street and start at 5 p.m.

Berks County Community Foundation and the Berks County Convention Center Authority are the founding sponsors of this concert series.