STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Boston Pops invaded Stamford on Monday evening, performing a "Pop Up Pops" free musical performance on Bedford Street to promote the web broadcast of its famous July 4th concert.
The 12-member tour group hit Logan International Airport for a 7:30 a.m. performance, then jumped into their bus and headed to New York City for a 30-minute performance at 2 p.m. They finished up a day of performing with a one-hour show that began at 6 p.m. on Bedford Street in downtown Stamford.
"We thought, 'It's time to get into the Internet Age,'" Boston Pops Music Director Keith Lockhart joked as 11 members of the Boston Pops played ragtime music.
"We thought it was a lot of fun to do a grassroots promotion to get people to watch" the July 4th live web broadcast, said Kim Noltemy, chief marketing officer for the Boston Pops.
For the mini-tour, the performance had only 12 members, including Lockhart, Noltemy said, citing logistics.
A large crowd gathered on the nearby sidewalks, with many bringing their own chairs to watch the performance. In the background, an occasional cheer could be heard from German soccer fans at Tigin Bar and Capriccio Cafe as they watched their team defeat Algeria in World Cup action.
Lockhart couldn't resist joking that the cheering was meant for the Boston Pops.
The section of Bedford Street between Broad Street and Spring Street was closed to traffic from 5 to 8 p.m. to accommodate the show.
But the concert caused evening rush-hour headaches for the east-west Broad Street traffic as the northbound Atlantic Street motorists rested in the intersection as they slowly made a left turn onto Broad Street because Bedford Street was closed.