Outside at Research Park

Outside at Research Park is a partnership between the Research Park, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Fox/Atkins Development, LLC to present a series of summer concerts in a welcoming, eco-friendly public venue featuring tempting food and beverage options. 

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 13: DAVINA AND THE VAGABONDS WITH OPENING ACT UPSHOT

FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014, AT 6:30PM, DAVINA AND THE VAGABONDS AT 7:30PM | UI RESEARCH PARK (1816 SOUTH OAK STREET, CHAMPAIGN)

Davina and the Vagabonds will be kicking off the OUTSIDE Concert Series at Research Park. Not merely a superb throwback to those smoky-voiced club singers who beguiled their way into the hearts of New Orleans night owls in the 1920s, Davina Sowers exerts theatrical power suited to a Broadway stage and keyboard skills that dazzle. Her tight, spare band—trumpet, trombone, drums, and upright bass plus her piano and ukulele—brings sass and rocketing energy from the Deep South with an intensity from Chicago-style blues.

OUTSIDE at the Research Park is held just southwest of Assembly Hall on First Street in the Research Park. Parking is available in the lot south of the Caterpillar building at 1901 South First Street.
 

FRIDAY, JULY 18: TERRANCE SIEMEN AND THE ZYDECO EXPEREINCE WITH OPENING ACT CANDY FOSTER AND SHADES OF BLUE

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014 AT 6:30PM, TERRANCE SIEMEN AND THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE AT 7:30PM | UI RESEARCH PARK (1816 SOUTH OAK STREET, CHAMPAIGN)

Our OUTSIDE Concert Series will continue with Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience. Grammy winner Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience may make you reconsider everything you thought you knew about roots music from the heart of Louisiana. Armed with an accordion, an infectious smile, and a voice straight out of a sixties soul hit, Simien has been sharing his innovative approach to zydeco for more than 30 years. Singled out as an “alluring” performer by the Village Voice, he and his band have been in numerous commercials and films, made a memorable appearance in the classic film The Big Easy, and are regulars at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.