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Soul music filled the air during the annual Twilight Summer Concerts in Furman Park in Downey, Calif. on Wednesday evening.

More than 300 concertgoers filled the park to listen, dance and groove to music by Stone Soul who played classic soul and Motown music. Residents from not only Downey, but also surrounding cities came for the concerts.

Summer concerts are free to the public and happen every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The concerts begun on July 3 and will continue to Aug. 14.

For some, the summer concerts are a tradition for families, friends, church and local community groups to get together.

Veronica Valles, Downey resident has lived in Downey for 29 years and has been attending the concerts for the past three years.

“It started as a tradition with my friend Angie…this year we have been coming every Wednesday,” she said.

Sometimes 10 to 15 people will join her at the parks on Wednesdays and enjoy the time in the park with music and food together. She enjoys the energy and music at the concerts and plus they are free.

The Downey Rose Float Association sells food and drinks to raise money for the city’s Rose Float entry. There are several booths at the park where residents can get more information about the city, sign up to be apart of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and other corporate groups in the city passing out information to concert goers.

The concerts have corporate sponsorships for each night. Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH) was the sponsor for the Stone Soul concert and there was a blood drive mobile available for people to donate blood and receive a free t-shirt.

Two of the most popular concerts during the summer are the Downey Symphony and the U.S. Marine Corps. They are a must for the park concerts every year.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department host the concerts every year.

Different bands play every year and sometimes the Parks and Recreation will bring back a popular band from prior years.

The next concert will be Aug. 7 at Furman Park and the Downey Symphony will be playing “musical scores.”

The city will also be hosting its first Summer Music and Movie on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Golden Park in Downey. The event is free and open to the public. There will be music, games, and arts and crafts for children. Families are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and food to the events.

Furman Park is located at 10419 Rives Ave. Downey, Calif.

For more information on the Twilight Summer Concerts