Metro PCS’s Party on the Purple concert series is back and better than ever for its second season on the Purple People Bridge.

The free summer party series, which is held on Wednesday evenings, began in April and will keep the party going for 18 weeks, six weeks longer than in 2017.

“We are really looking to stimulate activity on the bridge,” says Marc Wertheim, president and CEO of Coldiron Enterprises, Inc., a local event company. Coldiron Enterprises, Inc., the Newport Southbank Bridge Co. and the city of Newport are the hosts of the series. The event series was created in order to promote the Purple People Bridge and the various fundraising efforts that ensure the bridge is well maintained.

There are quite a few new things to this year’s concert series, says Wertheim.

“Based on customer feedback, we raised the level of the stage to make it easier to see,” says Wertheim.

“We also changed the hours based on customer feedback,” Wertheim adds. “The hours are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. this year.”

The event will include a full bar with a variety of alcohol. Party on the Purple is also bringing back its signature cocktail, available for those who attend the party. The signature cocktail is called “The Purple Breeze” and is made with Svedka Vodka, one of the sponsors of the event. The event’s alcohol sponsors include Charles Smith Wines, Braxton Beer, Rhinegeist Beer and Yuengling Beer. Metro PCS and iHeart Radio are also sponsoring the series.

Some of the bands that are scheduled to attend the series are Stays in Vegas, Trailer Park Floosies, Dog House, Model Behavior, My Sister Sarah, Everyday People, Flip Cup All Stars, Naked Karate Girls, Marsha Brady, My Girl Friday, 3 Day Rule, Final Order, Gen X Band, Dat Band and Buzz Bin.

A portion of funds generated from food and drink sales during the weekly concert series will go towards painting and maintaining the pedestrian bridge.

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