THIS FRIDAY (9/4) ǀ The Steepwater Band and Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons

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Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, is one of America’s few standing true blues-rock bands—The Steepwater Band. Their name, which was discovered upon a cargo vessel along a Lake Michigan port, serves almost as an indicator of the sound that they create for their listeners.

Establishing themselves in the late 90s rock scene, the group initially set out to perform their own versions of classic blues songs, in Chicago-style blues form. Early in their career, after quickly garnering interest from music fans across Chicago, the band traveled as an opening act for many national groups who were performing across the Midwest. This momentum continued as over the next several years the band was recognized as headliners at major festivals, spent time performing in Europe, and was even invited to perform as the opening act for Bon Jovi, in their home of Chicago. Performing has served The Steepwater Band very well; the group has now played the same shows with acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special, Cheap Trick, Doobie Brothers, and many more. Additional to their time on stage, the group’s studio recordings have been featured in numerous films, television shows, and commercials.

The night will begin with local musical icon, Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons. Earning comparisons to everyone from Joan Jett to Patsy Cline, Angela Perley is a dynamic front-woman who commands the stage with her booming voice and incisive lyrics. Backed by the Howlin’ Moons, a group of guitar slingers and rhythm players who play like a raw, ragged roadhouse band, Perley is winning over nonbelievers the old-fashioned way with tireless touring and well-crafted albums. Recently, Angela and the band were voted Columbus’ Best Local Band by Columbus Alive, so there is no better way to showcase their talents than right here in Columbus!

EVENING SCHEDULE:
6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
7:00 p.m. – Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons followed by The Steepwater Band

Artist Websites:
http://www.steepwater.com/
http://www.angelaperley.com/


THIS FRIDAY (8/28) | BalletMet Columbus

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Start your weekend off right! Come to Bicentennial Park as Columbus Recreation and Parks presents BalletMet Columbus. At nightfall, the Columbus skyline along the Scioto Mile is the perfect backdrop for an evening of exhilarating ballet.

Since its formation in 1978, BalletMet has provided artistic merit in the field of dance to Central Ohio. At the beginning of the 1994 season, David Nixon was named BalletMet’s Artistic Director. As an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, teacher, and ballet master, his vision and liveliness were instrumental in transforming the academy, company, and repertoire. He was not only able to expand but enrich the Academy in many ways. Ranked among the nation’s largest dance companies, it is now known for its versatility and innovative repertory.

BalletMet has added 160 company premieres to its repertoire and produced 141 world premieres, touring countries such as Egypt, Poland, Russia, Spain and Canada. It has also developed DanceReach, a series of education and outreach programs, serving 30,000 people annually. Additionally, BalletMet offers over 300 classes per week to students ages 4-84, and stages 60-70 performances each year. Be sure to come out and enjoy BalletMet’s skill, dedication and innovation this Friday night! See you there!

EVENING SCHEDULE:
6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
8:00 p.m. – Performance

Artist Websites:
http://maceoparker.com/
http://hoodoosoulband.com/


THIS FRIDAY (8/21) | The Navigators

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The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is thrilled to present The Navigators—a Columbus-based band that is sure to cover the musical needs of all ages. The energy of the band, combined with their crowd interaction, always provides for a fun night with the family!

The Navigators will be performing at Bicentennial Park this Friday at 7:30pm. You can expect to hear vibrant horns, rich multilayered vocals and covers of classic hits from Chicago, The Beatles and the Commodores. This 13-piece band, comprised of Columbus executives and professionals, are passionate about serving the community and raising money for charity. In this effort, they have helped raise over $200,000 to benefit local and national charities since their formation in 2003. Their focus is on having fun so plan on joining us at Bicentennial Park this Friday! Be sure to come hungry, as food and beverages will be available for sale in the park beginning at 6:30 p.m.

EVENING SCHEDULE:
6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
7:30 p.m. – Performance


THIS FRIDAY (8/14) | Maceo Parker

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Maceo Parker is a name that requires very little explanation—known as one of the greatest jazz and funk saxophonists to ever live. Falling into a category like he does, it is vastly known that Maceo has collaborated with the top artists in funk including James Brown, George Clinton and even Prince. Parker is a living connection to the sounds of funk in its hay-day, still unraveling audiences as they dance to the sounds of his infectious saxophone playing.

Spending the first half of his career as a sideman to funk greats, Maceo went unknown for a long time—other than to those who were extremely into funk and its community. However, the last two decades have brought Parker a prospering solo career, as he combines the funk of the 60s and 70s with modern sounds of today’s hits. Maceo Parker eats, sleeps and breaths funk music—leaving many unsure what came first, Maceo or the funk itself. His early performances, although not the front man, shaped the sounds and revolutionized funk with men like James Brown. Over his long and extremely successful career, Parker has also been seen collaborating with artists like Ray Charles, James Taylor, Dave Matthews Band, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Since his beginning as an artist, Maceo has been featured on over 100 albums of both his own and other’s music.

The evening will begin with The HooDoo Soul Band, which features the talents of eleven of the Midwest’s most dynamic and critically acclaimed musicians. The HooDoo Soul Band has been performing high energy funk, rhythm & blues for nearly 20 years, known for putting their own twist on the standards and introducing audiences to unfamiliar funky gems with style. They have opened for James Brown and Ray Charles among others—bridging a connection to Maceo for an evening commemorating the world of funk.

EVENING SCHEDULE:
6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
7:30 p.m. – The HooDoo Soul Band followed by Maceo Parker

Artist Websites:
http://maceoparker.com/
http://hoodoosoulband.com/


Festival Latino | August 8 – 9

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Festival Latino is a free, family-friendly event and the largest Latin event in Ohio, celebrating family and community with two days of children’s activities, music, food, fashion, art, and dance from the heart of Latin America. The Festival has moved to Saturday and Sunday with hours from 11am-8pm each day. Both days are packed with music and dance performances from Ohio-based bands and dance companies with international headliner acts performing both evenings.  Visit festivallatino.net for more information.