Bring the kids, friends, a picnic, and a blanket! Sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS and the Town of Wake Forest, and United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, the Six Sundays in Spring concert series will be held in 2014 on consecutive Sundays from April 27 through June 1. These free concerts are held at E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater at 701 Harris Rd. in Wake Forest, getting underway at 5 pm in 2014. The music will be starting at 5 pm and ending at 7 pm but come early and stay late! Come join your friends and neighbors and make this year’s Six Sundays in Spring your best Sundays of the year!
The stage at E. Carroll Joyner Park is covered this year for the first time, so we won’t have to cancel concerts in case of brief showers as in years past. In case of very inclement weather, concerts will be moved to the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. in Wake Forest. The Centre cannot accomodate pets, picnics or lawn chairs. Our usual vendors will not relocate to the Centre; snacks and drinks can be purchased from the Centre. Updated concert information will be available on Wake Forest TV 10, the town’s Facebook page and by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town of Wake Forest app will receive a message informing them of any schedule changes.
Food and refreshments will be available at Joyner park during the concerts. We strive to have a number of food vendors with varied offerings at our Six Sundays concert series, so that everyone can find something they like to eat or drink. We’ve listed below some of our vendors for this season’s concerts, along with their offerings. This year our vendors will be the VFW food trailer, the Lemon Tree, Sweet Traditions by LeAne (cupcakes) and Lumpy’s Ice Cream!
If you’ve been to a Six Sundays concert in the past, you’re probably familiar with the VFW food trailer. Your Veterans of Foreign Wars will once again be at the concerts offering refreshments and food from their “Chuck Wagon.” The refreshments will feature a variety of soft drinks and water. Of course there will be snow cones for the young and the young at heart. Pop corn will be available, and the grill will be fired up for hot dogs and hamburgers. Members will use the proceeds from the concerts to help the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation’s annual Purple Heart dinner.
Sweet Traditions by LeAne
Sweet Traditions by Leane will be serving delicious cupcakes! 6 flavors will be offered at each event. You won’t want to miss out on these scrumptious cupcakes from one of our own Wake Forest businesses. Also this year: Cake by the slice – 4 layer cakes, awesome, and Cookie Whoopies – Cookie “sandwiches” with icing in the middle. You can see some of their other offerings at the Sweet Traditions by LeAne website.
Lumpy’s Ice Cream
Lumpy’s, located at 306 East Wait Avenue in downtown Wake Forest, will have one of their ice cream trucks at Joyner park for our concert series, serving up ice cream with names like “Bubba’s Backyard Blackberry” and “Penelope’s Pistachio.” Lumpy’s is a family-owned business, specializing in fresh, all-natural and local ice cream. They do their best to purchase local, all-natural products. You can check out their website by clicking here.
Please park in the designated parking lot if space is available. No alcohol in the park please, but pets on a leash are welcome. For more information, email info@WakeForestARTS.org.
2014 Performers and Dates:
April 27: The Hot at Nights
Genre: Jazz. “They are heavily influenced by the origins of jazz at the turn of the century, emblazoned by the raw and unbridled freedom of the 50′s and 60′s, and electrified by the external forcings of the 80′s. Chris Boerner (Foreign Exchange, Jeanne Jolly) on 8-string guitar, Matt Douglas (The Rosebuds, Erin McKeown, Harlequin) on woodwinds, and Nick Baglio (Jeanne Jolly, Foreign Exchange, Jean Morrison) on drums & keyboards make up the triumvirate of change.
May 4: Walking for Pennies
Like many musicians before them, Andy Jobe (vocals, guitar) and Neeley Bridges (vocals, mandolin) have done what they can to pay the rent, including picking up gigs as NYC dog walkers. Their moniker refers to that short period of time when they were literally walking for pennies. They’ll be performing original works mixing vocal harmony and elements of folk, soul, and bluegrass.
May 11: EG Peters Band
Some of the most versatile professional musicians in the area, with the perfect blend of music to entertain all audiences. They play it all: Jazz, Dance, Rock, Motown, Beach, …
May 18: Boneslinger
Dave Wright, powerhouse vocalist and trombonist formerly of The Countdown Quartet and The Squirrel Nut Zippers brings his latest creation to life with BONESLINGER. Staying true to his old-school R&B, New Orleans-jazz roots, BONESLINGER brings a fresh brew of original music with a killin’ retro vibe.
May 25: Thelonius
Genre: vocal, a cappella. The group is named after the famous jazz musician Thelonious Monk, who was born in Rocky Mount NC. Although they do sing jazz, they also do an eclectic mix of modern musical styles.
June 1: Ironing Board Sam
Original and classic blues and R&B. After playing professionally for more than 55 years, Ironing Board Sam has amassed a staggering repertoire of both originals and classic blues and R&B songs. A truly gifted and engaging performer, Sam’s powerful, soulful voice and remarkable piano prowess remain undiminished. This concert is co-presented by PineCone. More information is available here.