Bring the kids, friends, a picnic, and a blanket! Sponsored by Wake Forest ARTS and the Town of Wake Forest, the Six Sundays in Spring concert series will be held in 2013 on consecutive Sundays from April 28 through June 2. These free concerts are held at E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater at 701 Harris Rd. in Wake Forest, getting underway at 3 pm. We will have opening bands starting at 3 pm, with the main acts starting at 5 pm and ending at 7 pm. 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, 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! You can see their other offerings at the Sweet Traditions by LeAne website.
The Lemon Tree
The Lemon Tree Café, located at 113 S. White Street in Downtown Wake Forest, will be offering picnic baskets for pickup at the park on concert days, and will also have a table with food at the park. Simply pre-order by 12 noon on the Sunday of the concert and you can pick up at Joyner Park when you arrive! Orders can be placed by email, phone or in person. On site food sales will also be available from 4:30 to 6:00 pm if you are not able to order ahead.
All the information on their offerings and ordering information is on the Lemon Tree Website. You can also call (919) 521-5806, e-mail Stacey, or stop in their shop at 113 S. White St. Let The Lemon Tree Café fill your picnic basket at Six Sundays!
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.
2013 Performers and Dates:
April 28: Children of the Horn
This group, composed mainly of brass instruments, has created a unique sound by combining influences from jazz, rhythm and blues, and world music. “Children of the Horn takes the listener on a kaleidoscopic journey through original compositions and that range from super-syncopated funk and Latin to swaggering New Orleans Second Line to classic Motown-inspired grooves.”
Opening this concert, at 3 pm, we will have Drum for Change. Feel the rhythm, and free yours. Check them out at drumforchange.com
May 5: Transit Vocal Band
…All Band, No Instruments! Combining soaring leads, smooth harmonies, and a thumping rhythm section, transit demonstrates the power, versatility, and emotion of the most natural instrument of all, the human voice. Listen for the leads and harmonies as well as a rhythm section.
Opening for the Transit Vocal Band will be Wake Forest’s own Wake Forest Singers, at 3 pm. The Singers will be joined by the Holt Trio to perform classics from throughout the years, including Broadway, Motown, pop and polka.
May 12: MikeMickXer
Mix it up with MikeMickXer, a trio performing rockabilly, reggae, rhythm and blues, blues, country and rock and roll. Cover songs include Ain’t No Sunshine, Ring of Fire and The Way U Do the Things U Do. This three-piece combo from all around the triangle will drive your dancin’ feet crazy!
Wake Forest’s own Graffiti Monkeys will open this afternoon of music at 3 pm.
May 19: Ben Payton and Boo Hanks
These top notch blues musicians will take stage both individually and as a duo to delight audiences with their guitar talent and overall magnetic stage presence performing acoustic blues. Payton’s music passion stems from living in Mississippi and Chicago growing up. Payton recently performed at the American Folklife Center’s Homegrown Concert Series hosted by the Library of Congress. In his biography, Hanks said when people hear him they think it’s two guitars. At age 79 he made his first recording and at 82, performed at Lincoln Center and Belgium.
The award-winning Franklin Academy Jazz ensemble will be opening for this afternoon’s concert.
May 26: Ghezzi
“Passion seeps through the amazing work of Ghezzi. With conditioned focus and ardent courage, her voice and song writing will awaken your soul.” — Danny Rosin (President, co-founder, Band Together) Since the age of seven, Ghezzi has performed on stages all over the world, winning scholarships & awards for her electrifying work, including a Billboard top 100 award. She brings her abilities to command and excite audiences to her powerful concerts as a vocalist.
Opening this concert from 3-4:30 pm, we have String Theory, an all-string quartet composed of four Wake Forest Rolesville High School orchestra students, putting their own spin on a wide variety of music. From Bach to Beatles, Greenday to One Republic these talented artists deliver performances that delight any audience. The group features: Issac Prentice and Brandon Daugherty on cello, Caitlyn Chojnacki on violin, and Chaska Moon on bass.
June 2: Big Medicine
For our last but one concert, get a healthy dose of the old-time string band Big Medicine, a Raleigh-based group which has performed frequently with Garrison Keillor on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion. This concert, sponsored by the town of Wake Forest, and presented in partnership with PineCone (the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music), features a blend of fiddle tunes, ballads, heart songs, hymns and early bluegrass. There’s more information, and audio samples, on the PineCone website.
June 9: Walking for Pennies
Due to the weather-related cancellation of our first concert this year, Wake Forest ARTS is adding another concert on June 9. From 5 until 7 p.m. Suzanna Neeley Bridges, who grew up in Wake Forest, will perform with Andy Jobe in their band Walking For Pennies. The pair have a theater background, but compose and perform their own songs. They have an album Forget About Wonderland, which they have written with songs about what it’s like to find their way and keep doing what they love on a limited budget. From 3 to 5 p.m., Michele Riganese, a back-up singer for Walking for Pennies, will perform.