Free General Admission
Gates open at 6:30pm
Tallahassee Downtown is pleased to announce the 2016 Sundown Summer Concert Series at Cascades Park is back for a second year. This event is a series of four FREE public concerts held on the first Friday of May through August, from 7 - 10 p.m. The series lineup includes a mix of local and regional performers from a variety of genres.
In addition to live music, the event features a Fun4Tally Kids Zone with family friendly activities, food and craft vendors, a beer garden operated by local charity groups, as well as all the other amenities that Cascades Park offers including miles of trails, the Discovery playground and Imagination Fountain.
Delta Moon’s latest album, Low Down, released in May 2015, is a rocking set of twelve songs, including nine originals by lead vocalist Tom Gray, the Roots Music Association’s 2008 Blues Songwriter of the Year, and covers penned by Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Skip James. Net Rhythms (UK) has called Delta Moon’s signature sound, “Music as it should be – raw and honest.” We call it a voice, a groove and two slide guitars.
“Tom Gray and partner in crime Mark Johnson continue to show why they may be the best guitar tandem around.” – Chris Martin, The Examiner
A chance meeting in an Atlanta, Georgia, music store brought Delta Moon’s two founders, Tom Gray and Mark Johnson, together. Tom tried to sell Mark a Dobro out of the back of his van. The girl with Mark whispered, “Let’s get out of here.” Mark didn’t buy the guitar, but the two exchanged phone numbers and soon were playing together regularly in clubs, coffee shops and barbecue joints around Atlanta. The name Delta Moon came to Mark on a pilgrimage to Muddy Waters’ cabin near Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Delta Moon quickly gathered a wall-full of local “best” awards. After winning the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2003, the band widened its travels to include the US, Canada, and Europe. In 2007 bassist Franher Joseph joined Delta Moon. He was followed in 2015 by drummer Vic Stafford (Blueground Undergrass, Donna the Buffalo, Toubab Krewe) to complete the current line-up. The band’s constant recording and touring continues into 2015 with tours scheduled for the United States, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Poland and more.
“If you’re looking for exquisite playing and fine songcraft, you’ll find it on Delta Moon’s Low Down.” – Living Blues (USA)
“The use of the slide guitars is magical.” – Roots Music Report
“Gray and Johnson’s double-slide style works to perfection.” – Chicago Sun-Times
“Delta Moon’s music lives and breathes.” – Rocktimes (Germany)
“Delta Moon is deep blues with a fury…. Hot stuff!” – Vintage Guitar
Heather Gillis is a guitarist/vocalist from Tampa Florida who currently attends Florida State University and fronts her band based out of Tallahassee FL. She is the complete package as a guitar player, lap steel player, songwriter, singer and arranger. She and her band have the stage presence and confidence to appeal to a variety of musical tastes be it rock, soul, jazz, roots or gospel. At 21 years old, Heather has not only formed a following at a local level, but has played alongside and befriended members of the Allman Brothers, Col Bruce Hampton, Matt Schofield, North Mississippi All-Stars, Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Word, The Lee Boys and many more. In addition to her performances with her band, Heather is a fulltime member of (Allman Brothers drummer) Butch Trucks’ current band “Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band”.
Heather’s live shows are energetic and consist of her original music as well as rock, soul, and roots music.
Remember to stop by your local Downtown Tallahassee businesses on your way to and from the show. Thanks for your support and see you at sundown!
If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please contact the event coordinator, Elias Mathes, at [email protected]
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