2015 Performing Arts in the Park
May 24th–August 30 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 7th Joe Baione Quintet
Keep an eye on this emerging, infectious and highly energetic jazz vibraphonist who is moving up in the ranks and quickly creating a new style of jazz vibes. Joe Baione has a passion for all things jazz. His latest project, a recording produced by Todd Barkan, is sure to delight with its intense originals, thoughtful remakes of several standards and the reintroduction of a more obscure piece from “back in the day.” www.joebaione.com Rain Date: June 14
Fri., Sat., & Sun., June 19, 20 & 21 Shakepeare in the Park-romeo & Juliet
Prepare yourself for sword fights and passion in the heat of the summer. This classic tragedy is brought to life against the backdrop of Gring’s Mill park. In the heat of the day, quarrelling servants from, “two households both alike in dignity,” come to blows. The need to fit into society, the choices made and communications lost develop into the most lamentable and cruel tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Featuring: Kylie Brown as Juliet, Steven Kuipers as Romeo, Amy Young as Lady Capulet, Joel Gori as Lord Capulet, Julia Matthews as Nurse to Juliet, Jeanette & Matt Fotis as the Montagues and members of Yocum Institute’s Teen Theater Ensemble.
Berks County Parks Department is delighted to partner with the Yocum Institute for Arts Education to present this tale of passion and search for understanding in Shakespeare’s, “Romeo & Juliet.” Picnic with friends at Gring’s Mill and be transported to the city of Verona for an enjoyable evening!
Sunday, July 19th My Sweet Patootie
My Sweet Patootie is contemporary roots and ragtime at its best; bringing tight harmonies, monstrous guitar, sizzling fiddle and percussion together in one perfect package. Founded in 2007 by Canadian Folk Music Award winners Sandra Swannell and Terry Young, My Sweet Patootie has a growing international reputation. From original swing to funky fiddle-tune arrangements to exquisite ballads, they deliver a must-see show that Driftwood Magazine describes as “two parts exemplary musicianship, one part vaudeville comedy”. www.mysweetpatootie.com
Sunday, August 2nd RockaFillys
Meet the RockaFillys, one of the Northeast's premier dance bands. Tearing it up across the tri-state area for more than a decade, these seasoned performers feature a classic repertoire that encompasses everything from 40s R&B and Boogie Woogie to Jumpin' Blues and Western Swing. Highlighting those great, three-part female harmonies of a bygone era, The RockaFillys feature Lindsay Gilmour, Liz Staruch and Melissa Martin. Accompanied by the "RockaFellas" (try saying that to their faces, we dare ya…!), featuring Jim Fogarty, Mike Vogelmann, and Chuck Lindsey, this six piece combo knows how to swing, and is guaranteed to get your crowd up on their feet, singing along, swaying to the beat, or carving up the dance floor! www.therockafillys.com
Sunday, August 16th The Joshua Davis Loop Group
The Joshua Davis Loop Group synthesizes elements of jazz, classical music, Indian classical music, funk, and pop, to create a sound like no other. Bassist/leader Dr. Joshua Davis captures and layers loops live as he plays virtuosic electro-acoustic bass. Zach Harmon sets a fierce groove with drumset and table. Vardan Ovsepian blends lyrical piano with funky synthesizer. Joshua Davis is bassist, composer, arranger, and educator as Director of Jazz Studies at Susquehanna University. His internationally-acclaimed performances as an orchestral and jazz bassist include concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, and hundreds of others. www.joshuadavis.org
Berks County Heritage Center
Sunday, May 24th Positive Flow featuring Carman Bryant
Carman has flaunted a passionate & energetic spirit people have been drawn to. She has earned fans with her powerful and soulful approach to several musical styles like R & B, soul, funk, hip-hop, pop, blues, & jazz. Carman can currently be seen performing with her five (5) piece band Positive Flow with band members King Raymond (vocals/percussions), Avery Hymon (base/vocals), Hasid Stevenson (guitar/vocals), Jimmy Wilson (drums/vocals) and Alex Smolsky (keyboards/vocals).
Sunday, July 5th The Amber Waves Band
Taking audiences on a delightful tour of modern and historical music traditions, the Amber Waves Band, featuring the Costello family, brings an exciting mix of acoustic music, including the sounds of Celtic, Irish, Folk, and Bluegrass, as well as their own original music. Presenting the music of the past to a modern audience with high levels of energy, stunning vocals, and a skilled instrumental performance. www.amberwavesband.com
Hamburg Memorial Park, Hamburg
Sunday, August 30th - 4:30
Pre-Concert Dance Workshop: Country-Style Dancing with the LouiseLamar Dance Studio
Join Louise Lamar Dance Instructor Dave and dance students to learn some fun and easy Country-style dance steps. Wear your boots or dancing shoes to learn some steps, turns and pivot turns in time to some country music. Participants can enter to win a free dance lesson from the Louise Lamar Dance Studio! And you’ll be ready to two-step to the Crow Hill concert at 6 pm. www.lamardance.com
Sunday, August 30; - 6:00 Crow Hill
Crow Hill formerly Blue Mountain Junction, these talented musicians have been playing together for more than six years at bluegrass jams. Crow Hill plays a wide selection of songs with styles ranging from country and bluegrass to gospel.