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Music: Blues, rock and funk at Downtown Sounds July 22

Ayron Jones & the Way play July 22 in the Downtown Sounds series on Bay Street.
Ayron Jones & the Way play July 22 in the Downtown Sounds series on Bay Street. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Seattle’s Ayron Jones & the Way is the headliner for the outdoor Downtown Sounds concert on Wednesday, July 22 in the 1300 block on Bay Street. The family-friendly Wednesday concert series, now in its 11th year, takes place near SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention and Bayou on Bay, and is sponsored this year by a Levitt AMP Your City Grant.

Opening band is the Scott Pemberton Trio from Portland, Ore., playing jazz, rock, grunge, blues roots, and funk.

Jones’ hybrid style of guitar playing, in which the chord and solo are played at the same time, infuses punk and hip-hop and has been describe as “Stevie Ray Vaughan meets Nirvana.”

His three-piece blues rock band, Ayron Jones and The Way, which he started in 2010, has opened for B.B. King, Living Colour, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Presidents of The United States of America, and Train.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with music by Pemberton at 6, followed by Ayron Jones and his band until about 9.

Food trucks will be on site, and there’s a kids’ corner with chalk and other amusements for creative youngsters.

More on the bands: ajandtheway.com, scottpemberton.com.

Event details: downtownbellingham.com/downtownsounds, 360-527-8710

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