On Friday, July 19, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts once again joins forces with Fox/Atkins Development, LLC and the University of Illinois to present this free summer concert featuring the Chicago-born, Barcelona-based Alma Afrobeat Ensemble. This in-demand, eclectically instrumented group serves up an “intensely danceable” mélange of global flavors influenced by funk, m’balax, and hip-hop and uniquely delivered through a dynamite horn section, dobro, banjo, and pedal steel stylings (Afropop Worldwide). Arrive early for an opening set at 6:30pm by Champaign-Urbana world music favorite Zécca Bom. Stay tuned for additional details on food and drink options and community partners.
OUTSIDE at the Research Park plays upon a simple concept: great music, all-ages enjoyment, and community wellness partnerships in an open, relaxed environment. The tree-lined, grassy space has hosted thousands of audience members each summer since the inception of OUTSIDE in 2007. The 2019 OUTSIDE concert—a part of the Center’s 50th-anniversary celebration—will continue to demonstrate Krannert Center’s commitment to promoting wellness through the arts and to partnering with other community assets to enhance life in Champaign-Urbana.
The performance space and seating area are located just south of the Atkins Building at the corner of First Street and St. Mary’s Road in Champaign. Free parking is available in the lot south of the Caterpillar Building at 1901 South First Street. Both performances are free and open to the general public.
- Trent Shepard