2014 Performing Arts in the Park
May 26th–August 18 at 6:00 p.m.
(unless stated otherwise)
Concerts are open to the public.
$5.00 parking donation.
Bring Lawn Chairs & Blankets
Gring's Mill Amphitheater, Wyomissing
Sunday, June 8th 4:30-5:30 Salsa Dance Workshop
Join Instructor Dave from the Louise Lamar Studios, and students from the studio, to learn some easy and fun Latin dance steps. It’s as easy as 1-2-3-_, 5-6-7-_. Bring a partner or just your dancing shoes, while you learn some moves to dance along to the evening concert at 6 pm. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to win a free dance lesson from the Louise Lamar Dance Studio! www.lamardance.com
Rain Date: June 15th
Sunday, June 8th Magdaliz and her latin ensemble crisol
This ensemble has been performing in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas since 1997, and is dedicated to the interpretation of a variety of folk and traditional musical genres from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, and other parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. Mexican huapangos popularized by Cuco Sánchez and Lola Beltrán, boleros written by Silvia Rexach, Rafael Hernández and Los Panchos, and Cuban sones including those by Miguel Matamoros and Company Segundo, constitute much of the group's repertoire. Some other styles Crisol performs include Mariachi music, Cumbia, Danza, Salsa, Rancheras, Merengue, Plena, Cha-Cha-Cha, Habaneras, Bossa Nova, Nueva Canción, and much more. www.triocrisol.com
Rain Date: June 15th
Sunday, June 22nd Iron Ridge
The Iron Ridge boys have bluegrass running richly through their veins, and are dedicated to preserving the old-time traditional bluegrass in the style of Bill Monroe, Dr. Ralph Stanley, and others. You won't want to miss the awesome picking and fabulous three- and four-part harmonies of Iron Ridge! www.ironridgeband.com
. No Rain Date.
Sunday, July 20th Maria Damore & the Jazzy Gents
Maria Damore and the Jazzy Gents bring you "Stars and the Moon" a fun, eclectic evening of jazz, pop, swing, and Broadway music inspired by night sky. Maria's rich palette of vocal colors, charismatic interpretations, and warm, radiant personality will captivate you at every turn. Backed by a fabulous group of jazz musicians, this is a concert not to be missed. www.mariadamore.com Rain Date: July 27th
Sunday, August 17th Number Nine
Number Nine is Pennsylvania's premier all-Beatles band. For more than 15 years, Number Nine has been delighting audiences in Berks County and surrounding areas with their live renditions of all your favorite Beatles songs, touching every phase of the great band's career." www.numbernine.tv Rain Date: August 24th
Sunday, Sept. 14 4:00-7:00 p.m. Mountain Folk Acoustic Roots Fusion
Mountain Folk Acoustic Roots Fusion is a musical journey from Celtic to Appalachian to Bluegrass music and beyond. Created by Dave Kline, and features the full five-piece Mountain Folk Band and the full Celtic Martin Family Band. The show will take the audience on an educational and entertaining musical and folkloric journey from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England, (the birthplace of Celtic traditions), to the Appalachian Mountains of the USA, (mirroring some of the earliest emigration from the U.K to the USA), and then discover how Celtic music morphed into mountain music, which in turn morphed into Bluegrass, Country, Rock-A-Billy, Swing, Cowboy and other musical genres. The concert is expanded to 3 hours and will have members of both bands offer duets, trios and other diverse blendings; and also present full-on segments of their own specific types of music. There will even be some step-dancing, which is generally believed to have been the root-dancing that morphed into hoedowns, barn dances, jigging and square dances. www.mountainfolk.com, www.martinfamilyband.net
Berks County Heritage Center
Sunday, May 25th Vinyl Groov
We’ve been grooving since their great performance in 2012! Vinyl Groov will take you on a fantastic ride back to the music that had you dancin' all night. Enjoy the golden sounds of MOTOWN, the silky smooth sounds of PHILADELPHIA, the funky tunes from MEMPHIS DOWN-HOME and the uptempo CLASSIC ROCK. * it's the GROOV that counts * www.vinylgroov.net Rain Date: June 1st
Sunday, July 6th The Dave Stahl Big Band
Welcome back to our parks: The Dave Stahl Big Band! Dave formed his first PA big band back in 1977; since then the band has continued to evolve and its present day edition has been in place for some 12 years or more. The band has done several recordings and has had jazz luminaries such as Phil Woods as guest soloists with the band. This is a working big band of 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, 4 saxes, and a rhythm section and the band performs on a regular basis in and around the greater Southern portion of PA. The music is tailor written for the band and is a cross section of jazz and contemporary treatments. Popular songs and jazz standards are among the band's repertoire. This is a tight knit ensemble of musicians displaying technical prowess along with a depth of musicality. www.davestahl.com No Rain Date