Downtown Delray just got a little competition. Starting Aug. 23, (that’s this Friday), the new whopping-big Delray Marketplace at Atlantic Avenue and Lyons Road will host the first in its series of  “2013 Marketplace Music Fest,” free live entertainment in the amphitheater Fridays from 8-10 p.m. through Oct. 18.

The Delray Marketplace already has great movies and “luxury” bowling; this music series is one more reason people will swarm to it. And we love it. So bring a binkie or a chair and blow off those workweek blues. Here’s who’s on tap this month: 

Aug. 23: The Rodeo Clowns, South Florida’s Premier Country Rock Band
Aug. 30: The Party Dogs,Classic Rock, Motown, Blues and Beach Music