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  • The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP), in partnership with the Princeton Shopping Center, presents the Summer Courtyard Concert Series every Thursday beginning June 21 through August 23, 2018, from 6-8 pm at the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton, New Jersey. This summer’s performers include Dirk Quinn Band, the Blawenburg Band, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, DCFusion, Trinidelphia, BRIZ and the Revival, Grace Little Band, Eco Del Sur, Octavia Blues Band, and Michael Austin. The Summer Courtyard Concert Series is free and open to everyone. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, grab dinner in the shopping center, and enjoy the free concert series every Thursday. Ample parking is available at the Princeton Shopping Center. “Summer concerts in the courtyard are a highlight for the community,” said Taneshia Nash Laird, Arts Council of Princeton’s Executive Director. “It’s an opportunity for folks to spread out a blanket in the beautiful outdoor space at the Princeton Shopping Center and enjoy the sounds of summer. With the diverse line-up, our concerts attract a wide age range,” said Laird. “On any given Thursday, you’ll see concert-goers of all ages freely dancing, and singing along. It’s a wonderful time of year in Princeton.” Thursday, June 21 – Dirk Quinn Band. Dirk Quinn is the guitarist for a high energy funk/jazz band based out of Philadelphia that travels extensively throughout the US and Canada. Utilizing over a decade of steady performing, Quinn has developed a unique and progressive style – one that appeals to a wide variety of music listeners with fans ranging from the jam band hippies to the jazz snobs. Thursday, June 28 - The Blawenburg Band. Join us for a special evening showcasing the golden age of concert band music featuring American patriotic. The Blawenburg Band is one of the oldest community bands in the state, founded in 1890 in Blawenburg, NJ. The members of the Band range in age from their teens to their nineties, and include teachers and students, research scientists, lawyers, computer specialists, homemakers and active retirees. Some players have years of training and professional experience, others learned to play as children and are dedicated amateurs. Thursday, July 5 – Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba. Combining passionate originality and fierce authenticity, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba take West African dance music into new territory—literally, the North Carolina Piedmont. That’s where Cissokho, a griot born to a family of professional musicians in Senegal, makes his transplanted home. The result of this cross-continental collaboration is a fresh and exhilarating musical experience. Thursday, July 12 – DCFusion. DCFusion melds straight ahead jazz with a Latin and R&B feel. The members of the group bring a melding of styles into a unique sound. Thursday, July 19 – Trinidelphia. Trinidelphia has been pleasing audiences with their distinct combination of American and Caribbean styles since 2005, after meeting in Philadelphia while studying music at the University of the Arts. Fusing Trinidadian Soca and Calypso with Latin Jazz, Reggae, Salsa, and American top-40, they have developed a sound all their own over the past decade. Their unique and rhythmic arrangements of jazz and popular songs cast the steelpan in fresh new light, pushing the stylistic and artistic boundaries of an often type-cast instrument. Thursday, July 26 – BRIZ and the Revival. BRIZ and the Revival are a dynamic R&B/rock band. BRIZ, a resident of Princeton, a gifted singer-songwriter, is the lead vocalist of this talented ensemble. BRIZ and the Revival gives exciting live performances playing original songs and modern takes on classic covers that you don’t want to miss! Thursday, August 2 – Grace Little Band. One of the hottest groups in the area, the Amazin’ Grace & the Grace Little Band generates energy and excitement everywhere they perform. This dynamic group is comprised of 8 very talented musicians: two lead vocalists, a full rhythm section, and a sax player. Thursday, August 9 – Eco Del Sur. Eco Del Sur means “echoes of the south” and the group was founded in 2000 with the idea to preserve the heritage and culture of different Latin American regions. The group’s first album was released in 2001. Each member has mastered several indigenous and contemporary instruments. Some of these instruments used by Eco Del Sur include: zampoñas, quenas, quenachos, antaras, zencas, rondador, ocarinas, moxenos, flute, charango, mandolin, guitar, Venezuelan cuatro, Colombian tiple, bass, congas, bombo, tambora, bongos, Peruvian cajon, maracas, guiro, claves, rain sticks, guaza, chakchas, etc. The music of Eco Del Sur includes a wide range of styles and rhythms. Some of these rhythms were influenced by the Pre-Columbian and the Spanish cultural heritages. Other rhythms characteristic of the Pacific Coast, Atlantic Coast and the Caribbean had a great contribution from the African heritage and culture. Thursday, August 16 – Octavia Blues Band. Suzuki Music USA and Godin Guitars endorsed international touring artist Octavia is notated as one of the few ladies performing outstanding harmonica, vocals and guitar in a fun interactive performance of primarily original music. Currently in the studio recording her seventh and eighth albums, Octavia toured with Etta James, played harmonica with Stevie Wonder and opened for numerous international acts among which include B.B. King. Thursday, August 23 – Michael Austin. Michael Austin, native of Baltimore, MD, is an example of many things. He is a mentor, leader, musician, teacher and public speaker, to name a few. In May of 1975, Michael, 26 at the time, was sentenced to life plus fifteen years for armed robbery and murder: crimes he did not commit. During the next 10 years, while incarcerated, Austin started a jazz band and music programs. He continued to educate himself and others on music theory, composing, and voice training. On December 28, 2001, Austin’s prayers for freedom had been answered. All charges were dropped and Michael was released and granted a full pardon. Michael Austin frequently travels all over the east coast and internationally to share his story and talents with others. The concert series is rain or shine. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in a covered area at the Princeton Shopping Center. The Arts Council of Princeton, founded in 1967, is a non-profit organization with a mission of Building Community through the Arts. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, designed by architect Michael Graves, the ACP fulfills its mission by presenting a wide range of programs including exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops in a wide range of media. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population of the greater Princeton region. For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609.924.8777. Established over 60 years ago, the Princeton Shopping Center has become a popular home for some of the Princeton area's most unique retailers and restaurateurs. Built as a California-style in 1954, the Shopping Center, now owned by EDENS, is known for its architectural design and unique layout - a rectangular format with a center courtyard boasting beautiful floral displays. The Princeton Shopping Center is located at 301 North Harrison Street in Princeton, New Jersey. For more information, visit princetonshoppingcenter.com.

Arts Council of Princeton Announces 2018 Summer Concert Series Schedule: Co-sponsor Princeton Shopping Center to host weekly concerts on outside courtyard