Bring the kids, friends, a picnic, and a blanket! Sponsored by Wake Forest Arts, the Town of Wake Forest’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, the Wege Foundation, the Realtors of the Allen Tate Wake Forest/Roleville office, Sam’s Xpress Car Wash, and Wake Forest Authors Lauren & Drew Bridges, the Six Sundays in Spring concert series will be held in 2017 on consecutive Sundays from April 30 through June 4.
These free concerts are held at E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater at 701 Harris Rd. in Wake Forest. The music will start at 5 pm and end at 7 pm, but come early and stay late! Join your friends and neighbors and make this year’s Six Sundays in Spring your best Sundays of the year!
2017 Performers and Dates (lineup is subject to change)
April 30: Marcus Anderson (Jazz Saxophone)
One of the premiere saxophonists in the world, Marcus Anderson is not only a sought after solo artist, with eight albums to date, who performs to audiences all over the world, and who accompanies other great artists such as CeeLo Green and Judith Hill, but he is also known as being a featured saxophonist with the late Prince’s New Power Generation. In addition to being a sax maestro, Marcus plays the flute, sings, writes, dances, produces and arranges music; his talent is undeniable to most audiences and to his peers. As if that wasn’t enough, his recent accomplishments include ranking #1 on Billboard Smooth Jazz and SirusXM Radio Watercolors.
As a solo artist, Marcus has been honored to open for and join on stage artists such as Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, Brian Culbertson, Esperanza Spaulding, Peter White, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, George Duke, Wynton Marsalis, Alex Bugnon, Nnenna Freelon, Jeff Lorber, Bob Baldwin, Jennifer Holiday and The Sax Pack.
Vendors for this concert: VFW, Lumpy’s, Baozi, Cocoa Forte, Big Al’s BBQ and Bam Pow Wow
May 7: Faol Liath (Celtic Rock)
“Foal Liath” is pronounced: foe lee-ah. Its meaning is “grey wolf.”
One of the hottest new groups in the NC Triangle, Faol Liath performs Celtic music ranging in styles from traditional to straight up rock and roll. Blending bagpipes, fiddle and wailing electric guitars, Faol Liath brings a genuine love of Celtic music to the stage that appeals to fans of all ages.
The members of Faol Liath came together in late 2013, with the goal of forming a professional high energy band that would showcase excellent musicianship, creative and accessible original material in addition to traditional tunes, and an opportunity to play an incredibly fun music genre that is not widely represented in their area.
We play with the spirit and fire of the grey wolf from which we take our name.
Vendors for this concert: VFW, Lumpy’s, Kona Ice, Spud Kings, Oak City Fsh & Chips
May 14: EG Peters Band (Beach Music, 60’s & 70’s)
E.G. has been playing music since he was 12 years old. At the age of 16 he played table to table in restaurants for tips. After moving to Raleigh in 1988, he avidly played the fraternities and sororities around NC State, UNC, and Duke, as well as the local bar scene. In 1994 he established a knock down performance at clubs and private affairs. E.G. has a God-given musical instrument, his voice, and it shines through like no other! Being the band leader, his main goal is to ensure all clients are happy and singing the band’s praises. He provides special attention to detail to ensure your special event is the best event you could dream it to be.
Vendors for this concert: Kona Ice, Not Just Icing, Big Al’s, Oak City Fish & Chips, Fully Loaded Fritter
May 21: Hank, Pattie & The Current (Bluegrass)
Two of North Carolina’s veteran bluegrass musicians join forces with some of the Triangle area’s most versatile musicians to create modern, American, acoustic music featuring the full range of their talents as composers and arrangers. The band is on tour regionally and nationally in 2016 in support of their new, self-titled album on Robust Records. The band makes use of traditional bluegrass instrumentation in a nontraditional way to present original music to the listener that goes beyond the limits of the idiom. The arrangements take on a new level of maturation that follows in the footsteps of Bela Fleck, Mark O’Connor, Chris Thile, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer, and Tony Rice. Hank, Pattie & The Current want to pick up where seminal crossover groups like The Punch Brothers, Strength In Numbers and the ever changing Bluegrass Allstars call home. The music is vocal and instrumental, allowing the band to experiment with arrangements and tailor the compositions to become vehicles for exploration. Hank Smith plays banjo, Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw plays fiddle and sings. The band is rounded out with Ben Parker on guitar on vocals, Robert Thornhill on mandolin and vocals and E. Scott Warren on bass.
Vendors for this concert: VFW, Lumpy’s, Bam Pow Wow, Kona Ice, Fully Loaded Fritters
May 28: Walking for Pennies (Folk, Americana, Pop)
Walking for Pennies started out doing just that- walking dogs for a modest income on the streets of NYC to support themselves as they edged their way into the modern Americana scene. Neeley Bridges and Andy Jobe initially met on September 11th, 2001 at NYU in a music theory class (that was cut short by the infamous attack on the twin towers) but never exchanged more than a few words until years later. In the summer of 2008 they met again in the green mountains of Vermont when they found themselves to be the only singer/songwriters in the cast of Les Miserables at Weston Playhouse. Both Jobe and Bridges had worked independently on other projects, but when they combined their voices and songwriting styles they found the sum to be greater than its parts and immediately jumped on the new collaboration. Walking for Pennies was born that summer and named when they returned to NYC and again began the daunting task of making rent as performers.
While their first album bounces back and forth between pop country and a more soulful 70s-inspired feel, their most recent EP showcases a mature, unique style that the group is proud to call their own. Banjo, mandolin, and three-part harmony add a bluegrass flavor, but the heart of No Such Place is accessible, sing-able, and poignant.
Vendors for this concert: VFW, Frost Bites, Not Just Icing, Qspresso, Spud Kings
June 4: Charros de Mexico
Charros de Mexico, a mariachi band based in Greenville and Washington, NC (Pitt & Beaufort counties) will share this traditional Mexican music form to close out the Six Sundays in Spring concerts in Wake Forest on Sunday, June 4. Mariachi bands typically feature trumpets, guitars, and violins, among other instruments. Enjoy this spirited dance music in Wake Forest’s beautiful E Carroll Joyner Park!
Charros de Mexico is presented by PineCone (Piedmont Council of Traditional Music).
Vendors for this concert: VFW, Jay’s Italian Ice, Big Al’s, Kona Ice, Oak City Fish & Chips, Fully Loaded Fritters
Please park in Joyner Park’s designated parking lots. Alcoholic beverages, smoking, and unleashed pets are prohibited at Joyner Park.
For parking information, visit http://www.wakeforestnc.gov/parking-at-joyner-park-.aspx
Food and refreshments will be available at Joyner Park during the concerts. We strive to have a good variety of food vendors with diverse offerings at our Six Sundays concert series, so that everyone can find something they like to eat or drink.
Six Sundays in Spring is sponsored by Wake Forest Arts, the Town of Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, the Wege Foundation, the Realtors of the Allen Tate Wake Forest-Rolesville office, Sam’s Xpress Car Wash, and Wake Forest Authors Lauren and Drew Bridges.
PineCone (Piedmont Council of Traditional Music) produces the June 4 Six Sundays concert.
Groups and businesses interested in a presence at Six Sundays are invited to contact Wake Forest Arts to learn about our sponsor booth program.
The stage at E. Carroll Joyner Park will be covered again this year, so we won’t have to cancel concerts in case of brief showers.
In case of truly inclement weather, concerts will be moved to the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. in Wake Forest. The Centre cannot accommodate 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.