The Arts Council of Princeton has announced their lineup for the 2018 Summer Courtyard Concert Series, held every Thursday from June 21 to Aug. 23. The concerts begin at 6 p.m. at the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton.
The Summer Courtyard Concert Series is free and open to everyone. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the performances. The concert series is rain or shine. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in a covered area at the Princeton Shopping Center.
“Summer concerts in the courtyard are a highlight for the community,” said Taneshia Nash Laird, Arts Council of Princeton’s executive director. “It’s an opportunity for folks to spread out a blanket in the beautiful outdoor space at the Princeton Shopping Center and enjoy the sounds of summer.”
June 21 – Dirk Quinn Band
Dirk Quinn is the guitarist for a high energy funk/jazz band based out of Philadelphia that travels extensively throughout the US and Canada. Utilizing over a decade of steady performing, Quinn has developed a unique and progressive style — one that appeals to a wide variety of music listeners with fans ranging from the jam band hippies to the jazz snobs.
June 28 – The Blawenburg Band
The Blawenburg Band is one of the oldest community bands in the state, founded in 1890 in Blawenburg, New Jersey. The members of the band range in age from their teens to their 90s, and include teachers and students, research scientists, lawyers, computer specialists, homemakers and active retirees. Some players have years of training and professional experience, others learned to play as children and are dedicated amateurs.
July 5 – Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba
Combining originality and authenticity, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba take West African dance music into new territory — literally, the North Carolina Piedmont. That’s where Cissokho, a griot born to a family of professional musicians in Senegal, makes his transplanted home. The result of this cross-continental collaboration is a fresh and exhilarating musical experience.
July 12 – DCFusion
DCFusion melds straight ahead jazz with a Latin and R&B feel. The members of the group bring a melding of styles into a unique sound.
July 19 – Trinidelphia
Trinidelphia has been pleasing audiences with their distinct combination of American and Caribbean styles since 2005, after meeting in Philadelphia while studying music at the University of the Arts. Fusing Trinidadian Soca and Calypso with Latin Jazz, Reggae, Salsa and American top-40, they have developed a sound all their own over the past decade.
July 26 – BRIZ and the Revival
BRIZ and the Revival are a dynamic R&B/rock band. BRIZ, a resident of Princeton and singer-songwriter, is the lead vocalist of this ensemble. BRIZ and the Revival plays original songs and modern takes on classic covers.
Aug. 2 – Grace Little Band
The Amazin’ Grace & the Grace Little Band generates energy and excitement everywhere they perform. This dynamic group is comprised of eight musicians: two lead vocalists, a full rhythm section, and a sax player.
Aug. 9 – Eco Del Sur
Eco Del Sur means “echoes of the south” and the group was founded in 2000 with the idea to preserve the heritage and culture of different Latin American regions. The group’s first album was released in 2001. Each member has mastered several indigenous and contemporary instruments. The music of Eco Del Sur includes a wide range of styles and rhythms. Some of these rhythms were influenced by the Pre-Columbian and the Spanish cultural heritages. Other rhythms characteristic of the Pacific Coast, Atlantic Coast and the Caribbean had a great contribution from the African heritage and culture.
Aug. 16 – Octavia Blues Band
Suzuki Music USA and Godin Guitars endorsed international touring artist Octavia is notated as one of the few ladies performing harmonica, vocals and guitar in a fun interactive performance of primarily original music. Currently in the studio recording her seventh and eighth albums, Octavia toured with Etta James, played harmonica with Stevie Wonder and opened for numerous international acts among which include B.B. King.
Aug. 23 – Michael Austin
Michael Austin, native of Baltimore, is a mentor, leader, musician, teacher and public speaker. In May of 1975, Michael, 26 at the time, was sentenced to life plus 15 years for armed robbery and murder: crimes he did not commit. During the next 10 years, while incarcerated, Austin started a jazz band and music programs. He continued to educate himself and others on music theory, composing, and voice training. On Dec. 28, 2001, Austin’s prayers for freedom had been answered. All charges were dropped and Michael was released and granted a full pardon. Michael Austin frequently travels all over the east coast and internationally to share his story and talents with others.
For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609-924-8777.