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.
OUTSIDE AT THE RESEARCH PARK: VIEUX FARKA TOURÉ WITH OPENING ACT MHONDORO RHYTHM SUCCESS
FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013, AT 6:30PM; VIEUX FARKA TOURÉ STARTS AT 7:30PM | UI RESEARCH PARK (1816 SOUTH OAK STREET, CHAMPAIGN)
CU’s own Mhondoro Rhythm Success simmers with enchanting Zimbabwean pop songs that blend traditional regional music with electric guitar. Sharp percussion and appealing melodies from that southern African nation create the ultimate dancing atmosphere. The evening then journeys into the desert as the Hendrix of the Sahara and ELLNORA 2011 alum Vieux Farka Touré boosts the temperature with scorching rock solos and thrilling vocals. In penetrating bluesy licks and joyful tunes “straight from the heart of Mali,” he charges ancestral grooves with modern energy (NPR.org).
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.
Brought to you by Krannert Center, Fox/Atkins Development, LLC & the University of Illinois
Corporate Platinum Sponsor
Corporate Gold Sponsors
Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District
Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
Corporate Bronze Sponsors
Champaign Cycle Co.
With thanks to the Illinois Natural History Survey/Prairie Research Institute
Prairie Rivers Network
FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013, AT 6:30PM; GREEN FAIR STARTS AT 6PM; SPUYTEN DUYVIL STARTS AT 7:30PM
UI RESEARCH PARK (1816 SOUTH OAK STREET, CHAMPAIGN)
A refreshing night kicks off with The Diva & The Dude/Kathy Harden & Andy Baylor, who cover songs by saucy women ranging from Patsy Cline to Koko Taylor. Then prepare yourself for the rowdy roots music of Spuyten Duyvil (that’s Spite-en Dive-el). “All the playing is hot” on ripping bluegrass-meets-country-meets-blues from this eight-piece force of nature (Huffington Post).