Open-air music in Frisco
Frisco’s Concert in the Park series kicks off June 20. The series will take place at the Frisco Historic Park and run for eight Thursdays through Aug. 22. The series will feature music from rock ’n’ roll classics to new originals. Each week, a different local nonprofit will sell refreshments to raise money. The concerts start at 5:30 p.m. and are free to the public. Here’s a bit more about the first few music acts through July.
June 20: Chicago Farmer
The son of a small-town farming community, Cody Diekhoff logged plenty of highway and stage time under the name Chicago Farmer before settling in the city in 2003. Profoundly inspired by fellow Midwesterner John Prine, he’s a working-class folk musician to his core. His small-town roots, tilled with city streets mentality, are turning heads north and south of Interstate 80. Refreshments are provided by and benefit Swan Center Outreach.
June 27: Paa Kow’s By All Means Band
Paa Kow is an internationally renowned drum-set player, bandleader, composer and teacher of music. He has shared the stage with many African greats, including Amakye Dede, George Darko, Kojo Antwi, Nat Brew, Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela, as well as American greats Vistor Wooten, Brad Goode, John Gunther, Michael Kang and many more. Paa Kow grew up in a small village called Enyan Denkyira near Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa and displays a unique ability to speak to listeners with his drums in a deeply spiritual conversation. Refreshments are provided by and benefit Carriage House.
July 11: Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones
“There are two types of folk music: quiet folk music and loud folk music. I play both,” Dave Alvin said. Alvin, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and self-described “barroom guitarist,” is widely considered to be one of the pivotal founders of the current Americana music scene. A fourth-generation Californian, Alvin grew up in Downey, Calif., as the local landscape quickly evolved from orange groves and dairy farms to tract homes and freeways. Refreshments are provided by and benefit High Country Conversation Center.
July 18: Fierce Bad Rabbit
Fusing together melodic strands of indie and alternative effects with a rock foundation, Fierce Bad Rabbit creates a unique sound that travels through poignant lyrics and pop-infused tunes to gritty pieces showcasing front man Chris Anderson’s well-honed style of songwriting. Evolving from its formation in 2009, Fierce Bad Rabbit has grown from Northern Colorado roots, blending together four strong musical talents from different genres. Refreshments are provided by and benefit Family & Intercultural Center (FIRC).
July 25: The Trishas
Four girls — all can sing, play and write songs, sometimes all at once. None are named Trisha. The four principal members of Austin’s The Trishas’ comfort level with one another is obvious; they laugh frequently and easily together, and even on tiny stages, they smoothly switch among a variety of stringed and percussion instruments, including drums. They switch vocal parts and genres with equal ease. Refreshments are provided by and benefit Team Summit.
All concerts are pet friendly, and outside alcohol is not allowed. For more information, including a full music schedule, visit http://www.townof frisco.com or call (800) 424-1554.
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