If you dropped by Black Cat Alley during this year’s Summer Soulstice Music Festival, you likely saw a block-long alley/outdoor art gallery teeming with people. That’s because Black Cat—located between E. Kenilworth Place and E. Ivanhoe Place on the city’s east side—was hosting DJs throughout the day. And thanks to the new “Black Cat Rising” concert series, the music—DJs and otherwise—will continue all summer long.

“Black Cat Rising” is set to take place on Thursday evenings, July 6 through September 14. The music will run from 7-9 p.m. Nearby Crossroads Collective will provide an outdoor bar, some high-top tables, and the stage. The series is free. The cats at the adjoining cat cafe will be available for window viewing. They may or may not be trained to hiss at the new pedestrian-only Ivanhoe Plaza.

Here’s the lineup:

July 6
Cullah (indie-folk fusion)

July 13
The Nile Club (jam post-punk)

July 20
Julien Kozak (pop-folk)

July 27
Breonte, DuWayne and Clayton Foe (hip-hop & pop)

August 3
Police Create Hippies + Greyhound (DJs)

August 10
Run Along Forever (rap/hip-hop)

August 17
Lake Drive (pop-rock alt-emo)

August 24
John Justus (pop-rock)

August 31
Hanna Simone (r&b/soul/rock)

September 7
Elephonic (symphonic pop)

September 14
Social Cig + Chapped Lips, CalicoLoco (indie skate-rock)

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