Ten free, family-friendly outdoor concerts in Barber Park will feature a tremendous variety of artists
The countdown for an unforgettable series of free evening concerts has begun! Today ArtsGreensboro and the City of Greensboro announced the schedule and lineup for the new Levitt AMP Music Series, which will run at Jimmie I. Barber Park in East Greensboro from May 1 through July 9, 2016.
Sponsored in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private family foundation that empowers communities to shine a light on public spaces through the power of free, live music, the Levitt AMP Greensboro Music Series will feature a diverse lineup of outstanding artists in genres including blues, Latin, spoken word, gospel, R&B, jazz, country, West African, soul, hip hop, funk, rock ‘n roll, and more.
The concerts on June 12 and June 19 are presented in partnership with Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park (MUSEP), one of the most popular programs of The Music Center, City Arts.
Concert dates and artists include:
- Sunday, May 1:
- Gate City Divas (funk, R&B, and blues) at 7 pm, with
- The Bailey Heavenly Sounds Shout Band from United House of Prayer for All People opening at 6 pm
- Sunday, May 8:
- Bio Ritmo (Latin dance) at 7 pm, with
- Africa Unplugged (West African) opening at 6 pm
- Sunday, May 15:
- Tom Principato (blues) at 7 pm, with
- The Healing Blues Project opening at 6 pm
- Saturday, May 28:
- The Poetry Café featuring Abyss and UpRite Lions (spoken word and hip hop) at 6 pm
- Sunday, May 29:
- Carolyn Malachi (R&B) at 7 pm, with
- the Larry Draughn Music Group featuring Vanessa Ferguson (North Carolina jazz, gospel, and blues) opening at 6 pm
- Saturday, June 4:
- Greensboro’s Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, hosted by Logie Meachum with Lalenja Harrington, Leeda Lyric Jones, and Jasmé Kelly (gospel, R&B, and blues) at 6 pm
- Sunday, June 12 – Presented in partnership with Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park (MUSEP):
- Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra, with featured vocalist Nishah Dimeo at 6 pm
- Sunday, June 19 – Presented in partnership with Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park (MUSEP):
- The Suffers (Gulf Coast soul) at 7 pm, with
- Caleb Caudle (traditional country) opening at 6 pm
- Thursday, June 30:
- Diali Cissokho & KairaBa (West African dance) at 7 pm, with
- Super Yamba Band (West African Afrobeat, and psychedelic funk) opening at 6 pm
- Saturday, July 9:
- The Broadcast (rock ‘n roll and Americana) at 7 pm, with
- Molly McGinn & Quilla (Americana and electronic) opening at 6 pm
Barber Park is located at 1500 Dans Road in Greensboro. For all concerts, grounds will open at 5 pm, with the opening act starting at 6 pm and the headliner starting at 7 pm. All concerts should end by 8:30 pm.
The public is encouraged to bring picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs to sit on the grass at Barber Park. Food trucks will also be available.
District 1 Council Member Sharon Hightower, whose district includes Barber Park, said, “I’m so excited about this concert series in beautiful Barber Park, which is located in East Greensboro and is one of the premier parks in our region. By introducing new audiences to the park through the concert series, the park will become even more of a destination for people across the city and throughout the Triad.”
In January, Greensboro was named one of 15 small to mid-sized towns and cities across the country to win a Levitt AMP Grant Award of $25,000 in matching funds to present a free concert series. In an effort to inspire and engage communities across the country around the power of creative placemaking, the Levitt Foundation invited the public to choose the Top 25 Finalists through online voting.
ArtsGreensboro encourages supporters to share the news about the Levitt AMP Greensboro Music Series by using the hashtags #LevittAMPgso and #getAMPedgso on social media.
About Levitt AMP Awards
The Levitt AMP Greensboro Music Series is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private family foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform neglected public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. In 2016, more than 450 free Levitt concerts will take place in 21 towns and cities, all featuring a rich array of music genres and high-caliber talent. Learn more at levittamp.org