Hoopfest organizers planned a free outdoor community concert Thursday to kick off the 25th annual Hoopfest tournament but spent much of the day watching the rain pour down and checking the weather forecast.
The skies cleared in time for opening acts the Marshall McLean Band and Cathedral Pearls, but by the time hometown favorite
The 2,000 or so fans braving the soggy Clocktower Meadow in
Earlier in the day Bradley had one sound check delayed by a thunderstorm and ended up doing it in the pouring rain after the lightning passed. Despite the weather, she was thrilled to be a part of Hoopfest's first concert.
"It's a community event," she said in an interview earlier Thursday. "It's one of those things people come out for even if they don't play basketball. Heck yes, I'm in for that."
Bradley, who is from
"I played one year," she said. "It was a terrible experience, only because I'm terrible at basketball. I'll stick to singing."
"They really took it and ran with the idea," Santangelo said.
He doesn't know yet if the concert will become a regular feature of the three-on-three basketball tournament.
"We're not concert producers," he said. "That's a whole other dynamic."
Bradley said she picked the local bands that opened for her.
"They're really talented," she said. "I like to support local musicians who are doing it for a living."
Bradley is certainly performing music for a living now. Before her appearance on "America's Got Talent" last year she was the music director at
"I still pinch myself," she said. "I'm still figuring out what the new normal is."
Thursday was the last chance for her
She's currently writing songs for her second album; the first, "SEAS," was released last year. She's also been collaborating with
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