June 8, 2018
Flowers are blooming, daylight hours are getting longer, and people are beginning to trade out their long sleeves and pants for shorts and sundresses. Summer is quickly approaching in the Queen City and this means a lot of great things: schools will soon be out, the pools will be open, and your options for outdoor activities, including concerts and festivals, are expanding. One of these awesome outside opportunities, returning for its second year, is Live on the Green at First Ward Park. This free concert series, happening every other Friday night, brings a variety of roots and Americana acts to an outdoor stage in the heart of Uptown. Bring your chairs and blankets, enjoy food and drink from local food trucks and breweries, and excellent performers outdoors. This year’s lineup has many acts to look forward to, including Donna the Buffalo, Amanda Shires, Time Sawyer, Acoustic Syndicate, and Front Country.
On June 15, Live on the Green will have the treat of witnessing Cris Jacobs Band and The Trongone Band take the stage. Jacobs, previously the frontman of the Baltimore-based band The Bridge, went solo in 2011 and has been working to cement his legacy as a solo musician ever since. Having released two albums (the most recent being 2016’s Dust to Gold) and with a collaborative album with Ivan Neville expected later this year, Jacobs keeps busy with a hectic schedule of writing, recording, and touring. He’s shared the stage with heavyweights like Steve Winwood and Sturgill Simpson, and is known for bringing authenticity and soul to every set. Dust to Gold features a wide array of musical styles, that weave seamlessly between soul, country, folk, blues, gospel, and rock. His voice is soulful and distinct, and his mastery of the guitar is evident when he plays. On one of Dust to Gold’s highlights, “Cold Carolina,” Jacobs displays many pop sensibilities in his songwriting and performance that show how he could easily expand his audience further outside of the country/Americana genres that he’s accustomed to.
Richmond, VA’s The Trongone Band will also grace the Live on the Green stage. This band of brothers fits perfectly opening for The Cris Jacobs Band. They play a similar style of Southern-influenced rock but with a youthful energy. Their first and only album, Keys to the House, was released last year and shows a tremendous amount of potential. Chock full of heavy blues riffs, the nine tracks show a band that is focused on excellent songwriting and sonics. The Trongone Band shows the true spirit of rock and roll as they blaze through their electric songs, complete with plenty of guitar and organ solos. The band is extremely tight throughout, and sound like they’ve been doing this for much longer than their relatively short tenure.
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