Founders After 5 Concert Series returns for the spring and summer with a great lineup of bands from all over the Southeast. Last year, the crowd at the concert series grew each week, with many people traveling from throughout the Tri-cities and further to enjoy free music in a beautiful outdoor setting.
Beginning May 12 and continuing every Friday night through September, except for First Fridays, Founders After 5 will be held in the Founders Park Amphitheater in downtown Johnson City and features a wonderful cross section of music genres. The free music series begins at 6 pm and usually runs until 8 pm.
The first group to hit the stage will be The Ragbirds. Trying to define their musical style is a challenge. Led by petite but strong-voiced singer and violinist Erin Zindle, the Michigan-based ensemble adds more than a few outlandish elements of world music into their groove-based rock.
“We have a hard time describing what we do,” says Zindle, speaking last week from a soundcheck in Tampa during their latest tour. “Our little catchphrase is ‘infectious global groove,’ which gives you the idea but falls short of really defining the big picture. In simple terms, we’ll say it’s folk-rock with a lot of world music influence. Those are general terms, but helps explain how the Celtic, gypsy, African, and Latin influences come into it.”
Other bands lined up for the early spring series include: The Matt Hall Boptet, Christopher Paul Stelling, Time Sawyer, local favorites this mountian and My New Favorites, Fly By Night Rounders, and Chalwa.
“Founders After 5 is a great way to begin your weekend”, says Robert Williams, JCDA chair.
Each evening, the featured bands will play two sets, music begins at 6 pm with a 15 minute break. You are invited to bring a blanket or chair, pick up a to go order from your favorite downtown restaurant or make plans to dine downtown after the music ends. Beer, soft drinks and water will be available for sale at the event. No outside alcohol is allowed in the City park.
The Founders Park Amphitheater is located in Downtown on Commerce Street. Parking is available at the Pavilion at Founders, in the public lot between Main and Market by Boone Street and in the Downtown Center Parking Garage.
For more information about Founders After 5, visit downtownjc.com.