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July 28, 2022
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Betsy Paterson Square

2 Dog Lane
Storrs-Mansfield, CT 06268
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Summer Concerts on the Square: Funky Dawgz

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Enjoy free concerts on Betsy Paterson Square in Downtown Storrs every Thursday in June and July!

The Mansfield Downtown Partnership is excited to announce the return of its popular Summer Concerts on the Square

After a two-year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series will begin again on Thursday, June 2. Enjoy free, live music every Thursday in June and July on the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation Pavilion on Betsy Paterson Square in Downtown Storrs.


The Funky Dawgz Brass Band are one of the premier touring acts on the live music scene today. Emerging from Connecticut, these young men have engulfed the spirit and traditions of New Orleans as well as earned the respect from local musicians who grew up and reside in the city. It is impossible not to enjoy yourself during a show as they play a contagious upbeat mix of traditional New Orleans R&B, original music, hip hop, funk, and today’s top hits with a brass twist.

They have toured nationally from coast to coast, as well as internationally and have been featured in all corners of the live music scene. From playing sold out shows at Madison Square Garden as the horn section for Dispatch, to Camp Bisco, to closing out The Peach Music Festival, their performances flow seamlessly from EDM festivals to jam band festivals to traditional New Orleans second line parades. They were also recently featured multiple times on national televised programming on ESPN (house band for March Madness Tournament Challenge, opening segment of First Take) as well as on the Hulu and FX hit series "Fargo" starring Chris Rock.

There is a reason they were featured as one of Live For Live Music's Brass Bands You Need To Know. The Funky Dawgz are dropping jaws. These high energy horns have been featured on bills with Dispatch, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, We The Kings, Snarky Puppy, The Soul Rebels, Lettuce, The Motet, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Twiddle, Turkuaz, Kung Fu, Bernard Purdie, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and the list continues.

When the band is not playing shows they are giving back to the community. The Funky Dawgz aim to connect, engage, inspire and rejuvenate music education in inner city schools across the country. The band frequently gives performances and master classes to young musicians in elementary, middle, and high schools across the region.

They released their latest album, Vertical, in June!


The Summer Concerts on the Square are made possible with the generous support from our sponsors:


  • The Summer Concerts on the Square are free and open to everyone!
  • You are welcome to bring a blanket or a lawn chair, some snacks or take-out from your favorite downtown restaurant, and your friends!
  • NO alcohol or tobacco products (including all vaping) are allowed on the Square. Town of Mansfield ordinances are in place and enforced.



  • The rain date for each concert is the following Tuesday. Follow us at @DowntownStorrs on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for weather updates and other news


  • Please contact the Mansfield Downtown Partnership (860.429.2740, with questions about the Summer Concerts on the Square or Downtown Storrs.
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