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Live on the Levee opens Friday, May 25, at Haddad Riverfront Park

Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee opens Charleston's free summer concert series on Friday, May 25. (Emilee Greathouse)

If the workweek gets you in a funk, some funky music in the capital city this weekend might just improve your mood.

The first event in the Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee summer concert series this year features headliner the Charles Walker Band, described as a band with a “neo-funk” sound. A three-piece band based in Milwaukee, the band plays a “fusion of funk-infused rhythms with pop melodies,” according to biographical information on the concert series’ website.

Opening act The Dividends, an alternative rock band that hails from Huntington and Chesapeake, Ohio, will get the music started about 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, on the Schoenbaum Stage at Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston. The headliner will follow about 7:30 p.m.

Fireworks will cap off the evening’s activities.

Live on the Levee is a free concert series that offers entertainment on 15 Fridays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. This year’s lineup features 20 first-time performers, 10 national touring acts and seven returning favorites.

Eyewitness News is the exclusive media sponsor of Live on the Levee.

The concert series serves as a fundraiser for five local charities - Covenant House of West Virginia, Manna Meal, the Religious Coalition for Community Renewal, Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center and the YWCA of Charleston.

Every Friday night, representatives from one of these organizations sell tickets for a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds from the raffle are collected throughout the season and divided among the five charities at the end of the year.

Following is the schedule for the remainder of the Live on the Levee concerts this season:

June 1

Mothers Nature Band featuring Lola Spencer

* Special Olympics

June 8

Non-Friction

5 Star Rebellion

* Capitol City Biker Bash

June 15

The Change

New Orleans Suspects

* FestivALL

June 22

Short and Company

QIET

FestivALL

June 29

Shine

The Soul Doctors

July 6

The Carpenter Ants

John Ingraham and Friends Present: A tribute to Bill Withers, featuring Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Christian Lopez, Bob Thompson and Larry Groce

July 13

Ona

Ron Gallo

* WTSQ Night

July 20

Voodoo Katz

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

July 27

The Wild Rumpus

The Steel Wheels

* Foodtmad Night

Aug. 3

Biscuit Miller and the Mix

Multi-Fest

Aug. 10

The Settlement

Beggars Clan

Aug. 17

The Hobbs Sisters

Trent Harmon

* SportsFest

Aug. 24

LC Band

Resurrection – A Journey Tribute

Aug. 31

Tony Harrah & The Fly-Over States

Vanessa Collier

* Fireworks

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