It’s become an outdoor musical tradition in Charlotte: The Bearden Birthday Bash in Romare Bearden Park, happening this weekend from 7 to 10 p.m. The event celebrates artist Romare Bearden’s actual birthday, who would have turned 106 this year.

If you want to know more about Bearden’s work and life, here’s a quick recap: Born in Charlotte, Bearden went to New York University (NYU) and graduated with his degree in education, although he took extensive courses in art. As he progressed in his art career, he became best known for his richly textured collages as well as designing costumes and sets for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Today, he’s known as one of the most creative, brilliant artists of the twentieth century, and Charlotte is a major part of his legacy.

In the spirit of this brilliant artist’s career, noted for its attention to the performing arts, history and world art, the event will feature live music, food and drinks to commemorate the day. Here’s what you can expect to enjoy at the bash this weekend (and yes, you can bring the kids):

Listen to blues on a picnic blanket. If you like a little saxophone laced with electric guitar in the evening, Euge Groove is going to give it to you. The saxophonist has toured with Tina Turner and played in the backup bands of Joe Cocker, Huey Lewis & The News, Elton John and Bonnie Raitt. He’ll be playing with Terence Young, a lead guitarist who has shared the shared the stage with The Temptations, Patti Labelle and Gladys Knight.

Grab food truck eats. You’ll have your pick of eateries on wheels.

Drink your favorite local beers (and wine). You’ll be able to pick from your favorite breweries at one of the nearby tents.

To learn more about Romare Bearden’s ongoing concert series, visit their website.

More information: Bearden Birthday Bash, Saturday, September 2 from 7 to 10 p.m. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC 28202, 704-432-4280. For more information visit Romare Bearden’s website.

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