Free General Admission
Gates open at 7:00pm
Tallahassee Downtown is pleased to announce the 2017 Sundown Summer Concert Series at Cascades Park. The event is a series of four FREE public concerts held May - August on the third Saturday of each month from 7-10 pm. The line up includes a diverse range of music from funk and blues to rock and Americana. Events are BYOB.
Also enjoy the Fun4Tally Kids Zone featuring family-friendly activities, local food and crafts vendors, as well as all the amenities Cascades Park offers including miles of trails, Discovery playscape and the Imagination Fountain.
Soft-spoken by nature, South Florida-bred Roosevelt Collier does his hollering on the pedal steel guitar. Brought up in the "sacred steel" tradition of the House of God Church, Roosevelt built his reputation alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live performances. Seated front and center, "The Dr." leaves an indelible mark on listeners, flooring audiences with his lightning-fast slide work on the pedal steel. At festivals, he is a regular "Artist at Large," performing alongside many of music's most prestigious acts, from the Allman Brothers, to Los Lobos to the Del McCoury Band. No matter what the context, when Roosevelt takes the stage the ear-to-ear grins can't help but be contagious.
Pianist John Babich – J.B. – was so enamored with the city of New Orleans and its musical heritage that he felt compelled to acquire an accordion and start playing zydeco shows in Tallahassee. After attending Florida State University’s School of Music in the 1970s, Babich became a touring musician and played in several bands. In 2002, J.B.’s ZydecoZoo was born, debuting with a concert at an American Legion Hall in Tallahassee. In his band's biography, Babich says,
“Our music is high energy, rockin’, rhythmic zydeco in the vein of Beau Jocque, Clifton Chenier, C.J. Chenier, Rockin' Dopsie and Stanley Dural Jr."
Zydeco evolved in the bayou country of Louisiana in the 19th century, derived from Creole musical traditions. It combines tunes of French origin with elements of Caribbean music, blues and roots music. Some of today’s zydeco artists embrace modern genre components, as well, such as soul, reggae, hip-hop and ska.
Concert Series Schedule:
May 20th: FUTUREBIRDS w/ The New 76ers
June 17th: Humming House w/ Two Foot Level
July 15th: Dead Keys w/ The Midtowners
August 19th: Roosevelt Collier w/ JB's ZydecoZoo
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].