GREENSBORO — The city’s Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park Concert Series will return for a shortened 41st season on July 19.
Creative Greensboro, the city’s office of arts and culture, has committed to producing the series — either in person at locations around the city, or livestreamed on Creative Greensboro’s Facebook page.
That will depend on the best practices for safe gatherings in response to the status of the coronavirus pandemic.
The popular MUSEP series typically presents the free outdoor concerts each week from June through August at a different city park.
This summer, the first two events on July 19 and 26 will be livestreamed. A final decision on in-person or streaming will be posted at least two weeks before the remaining concert dates.
Visit www.creativegreensboro.com for the most current information about concert locations and the artist line-up.
“Events like MUSEP are needed now more than ever — as our community looks for ways to connect, heal, celebrate and imagine together,” Ryan Deal, the city’s chief creative economy officer, said in a news release.
”While much remains uncertain about the summer and how we will deliver these concerts, we are pleased to affirm our commitment to the series and to the members of our creative community who help bring it to life,” Deal said. “We will be following state and local health guidelines closely to determine whether the concerts will be held in person or streamed live via social media.”
”We also acknowledge that social distancing and assembly restrictions may require adjustments to the artist lineup — as some of these groups are quite large and require the ability to gather for rehearsals as well as their time together in performance,” Deal said.
Although concerts are free, organizers will continue to solicit donations during the concerts to help defray the costs. Folks also can become a MUSEP sponsor by making a donation online before the concerts begin, Deal said.
This year MUSEP welcomes back familiar faces, such as the Gate City Divas. It also has added new performers, such as SunQueen Kelcey and The Soular Flares, to the lineup.
2020 MUSEP schedule (with possible in-person locations):
July 19, streaming at www.facebook.com/CreativeGreensboro:
- 6 p.m., Kay & Adriel (alternative soul); 6:30 p.m., Philharmonia of Greensboro (classical, pops)
- July 26, Streaming at
- 6 p.m., Sweet Dreams (blues, R&B, jazz, soul); 7:15 p.m., Knights of Soul (R&B, funk)
- Aug. 2: Gateway Gardens, 2924 E. Gate City Blvd.: 6 p.m., West End Mambo (Latin); 7:15 p.m., SunQueen Kelcey and the Soular Flares (soul, rock)
- Aug. 9: Lindley Park, Starmount Drive at West Market Street and Wendover Avenue: 6 p.m., Tony & Katy (country, rock, alternative, pop); 6:30 p.m., Greensboro Concert Band (classical, pops)
- Aug. 16: Latham Park, Wendover Avenue at Latham Road and Cridland Road: 6 p.m., Gate City Divas (rock, R&B); 7:15 p.m., doby (funk). Sponsored by UNCG.
- Aug. 23: Hester Park, 3906 Betula St.: 6 p.m., Shadowgrass (bluegrass); 7:15 p.m., Freeway Jubilee (rock, Americana)
- Aug. 30: White Oak Amphitheatre, 2411 W. Gate City Blvd.: 6 p.m., Pastor Todd Curry, featuring St. Peter the Rock Inc. Ministry Choir (gospel); 7:15 p.m., Banna (Celtic)
Bring a picnic, family, friends, and your four-legged friend (on a leash). Alcohol and charcoal grills are not permitted in city parks.
The MUSEP series is presented by Creative Greensboro and sponsored by UNCG, Moore Music, Fox8, White Oak Amphitheatre and Greensboro Parks and Recreation.
Founded in 2019, Creative Greensboro provides support for, ensures access to and drives awareness of Greensboro creative community. Through a range of programs, services and partnerships, Creative Greensboro supports the development of a vibrant city. To learn more about Creative Greensboro, visit www.creativegreensboro.com.