‘Summer Sizzle’ music series brings free concerts to Uptown Charlotte Parks

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This post is brought to you in partnership with Uptown Charlotte Parks. All opinions are our own. 

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is bringing back the music in First Ward, Romare Bearden and Freedom parks. This year’s “Summer Sizzle” music series is about to launch with “Sounds of Summer” in First Ward Park, “Party in the Park” and the “Bearden Music Series” in Romare Bearden Park and the “Freedom Jazz Series” in Freedom Park. 

‘Sounds of Summer’ May-September at First Ward Park

Dates: Friday, May 3, June 14, Aug. 9 and Sept. 13
Time: 7 – 10 p.m.
Park locale: First Ward Park, 301 E. 7th St.
Performing: May 3 – Yonder Mountain String Band, June 4 – HISS Golden Messenger, August 9 – Brett Dennen and September 13 – Keller & the Keels
Why this is your jam: If you like your music and your people as real as the tuna in your poke bowl, meet the bands. These groups blend grassroots tunes with heart-tugging lyrics and masterfully bring it all together for an entertaining show that will leave you smiling. No matter your main groove – folk, alt-country or rock – they’ve got it all.

‘Party in the Park’ May-September at Romare Bearden Park

Date: Wednesdays, May 15 and 29, June 12 and 26, July 10 and 24, Aug. 7 and 21, September 4 and 18
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Park locale: Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.
Performing: Steve Owens & Summertime, Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot, Hip Pocket, The Entertainers, Randy Clay Band, Band of Oz, Rick Strickland Band, Too Much Sylvia, Blackwater Band, & Chairmen of the Board 
Why this is your jam: “Party in the Park” is your one-stop shop for all things sweet, soulful and beach-y. These bands will have you dancing, clapping, moving and grooving with songs from The Drifters, The Coasters, The Four Tops, The O’Jays, Little Anthony and the the Imperials and Smokey Robinson and The Temptations, just to name a few.

Don’t let summer pass you by without humming along to top-notch entertainment at a great price. Plus with hot dogs and local brews at the ready, all you have to do is grab a chair, bring your toe-tapping shoes and show up ready for a good time.

‘Bearden Music Series’ July-September at Romare Bearden Park

Date: Saturday, July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 7
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Park locale: Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church Street
Performing: Latin – Grupo Fantasma, Blues – Eric Gales and Jazz – Spyro Gyra
Why this is your jam: Life is like a box of chocolates with these musical groups, you never know what groove is coming up next. From jazz tunes that transport you to the cabarets of wartime Berlin to the excitement and pulse of Latin American dance halls or tunes inspired by the blues, wherever these bands take you, you’ll be glad you came along.

‘Freedom Jazz Series’ June-August at Freedom Park

Date: Saturday, June 15, July 27 and Aug. 24
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Park locale: Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd.
Performing: Marqueal Jordan, Marcus Johnson and Michael Manson
Why this is your jam: Smooth jazz sounds that transcend your heart and soul to mellow moods and happy times – let your body be free and your spirit float on the silky tones of rhythmic jazz.


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