The stars may have stolen the night away, but we’re chasing the clouds away every Friday at lunchtime in September. Savor the sounds of Music on the Terrace as we welcome talented musicians to Carroll Creek Park Amphitheater across from C. Burr Artz Library. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy blues, jazz, bluegrass, funk, afro-pop, rock and more.
Music on the Terrace concerts begin at 11:30 am and end at 1:30 pm. The event is open to all ages at no charge. Concerts will move indoors in the event of rain. For details, call 301-600-1629
September 5 – Elikeh
Don’t mistake this band as reggae. Elikeh uses elements of Togolese rhythms as a foundation for exploration into American-influenced blues, funk and rock to produce captivating Afro-pop tunes that are as listenable as they are danceable. Although rooted in indigenous traditions, Elikeh’s music has no borders, exploring global themes and personal odysseys.
The band member’s backgrounds are as varied as their instruments, with members from Nigeria, Long Island, NY, Washington DC, and Maryland. The group’s leader, Massama Dogo, was born in Togo, Africa, where he developed his singing and songwriting ability performing with several local bands.
Elikeh recently released a new album, “Between 2 Worlds,” featuring the Malian guitarist, Vieux Farka Toure, and John Kadlecik, lead Guitarist of Furthur. In recent months, Elikeh has performed with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, The Wailers, Vieux Farka Toure, Bombino, and John Kadlecik of Furthur. This is a performance not to be missed.
September 12 – Sol Driven Train
If you missed them at the Urbana Music Festival, Sol Driven Train, based in Charleston, SC will be back to delight. This versatile 5-piece band blends Afrocaribbean rhythmic explorations and funky New Orleans-style brass into their own port-town sound. Sol Driven Train has carved out a unique musical identity within the American roots music scene.
“If you are a sucker for rich vocals, clever lyrics that will make you think and encourage you to keep your life going in a positive direction AND love a great horn section; Charleston, South Carolina’s Sol Driven Train has all that handled. Recognized by the Charleston City Paper as Rock Band of the Year (2011) and Jam Band of the Year (2012), it is simpler to peg them as a band that will make you happy after you give them a listen.”
September 19 – Project Natale
Project Natale has gained world respect as accomplished jazz players exploring its many styles, while creating a sound all their own. Their performance, like their recently released album, “Endangered Liberties,” will feature hard-hitting, passionate players who can create, converse and swing in, out and around quintessential compositions.
September 26 – The Dustbowl Revival
Hailing from Venice, California, The Dustbowl Revival is a collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. The group has grown steadily from a small string band playing the west coast, into a traveling mini orchestra featuring instrumentation that often includes fiddle, mandolin, trombone, clarinet, trumpet, ukelele, drums, tuba, organ, a bass made from a canoe oar, harmonica and plenty of washboard and kazoo for good luck.
Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music. With some calling them a string band-brass band mash up. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show teaming up with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens, or Bob Dylan and The Band jamming with Benny Goodman and his orchestra in 1938. It’s infectious, joyous music - a youthful take on time-worn American traditions.
"Americana swing that was so fun I went back to see them again the next day." - Rolling Stone Magazine
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