Outside at Research Park

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts joins forces with Fox/Atkins Development, LLC and the University of Illinois to present a FREE, live performance in the popular OUTSIDE at the Research Park series. OUTSIDE at the Research Park plays upon a simple concept: great music, fresh food, and a green state of mind in an open, relaxed environment. The performance space and seating area are located just south of the Atkins Building at the corner of First Street and St. Mary’s Road in Champaign. The tree-lined, grassy space has hosted thousands of audience members each summer since the inception of OUTSIDE in 2007. The 2017 OUTSIDE concert, a University of Illinois Sesquicentennial event, will continue to demonstrate Krannert Center’s commitment to environmentally sustainable practices.

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July 21, 2017

The July 21 event featured a partnership with University of Illinois Extension, the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. UI Extension offers educational programs to residents of all of Illinois’ 102 counties in five broad areas: energy and environmental stewardship; food safety and security; economic development and workforce preparedness; family health, financial security, and wellness; and youth development.
Mank N Sass kicked off the concert at 6:30pm, where Bassist Jared Manker (Mank) and guitarist Sara Siders (Sass) revved things up with a mighty set of acoustic funk and gritty blues before legendary guitarist Elvin Bishop swung his axe with the newly formed Elvin Bishop Big Fun Trio, comprised of bassist Bob Welsh Jr. and drummer Willy Jordan at 7:30pm. Bishop—a founding member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and a collaborator of John Lee Hooker and The Allman Brothers—slid through his latest musical incarnation with an appealing mixture of rowdy blues, R&B classics, and down-home, feel-good vibes. 
These concerts are held just southwest of Assembly Hall on First Street in the Research Park. Free parking is available in the lot south of the Caterpillar Building at 1901 South First Street. All performances are free and open to the general public.