The Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series returns on May 31st in historic downtown New Albany. Located at the corner of Spring and Pearl streets, these free concerts are open to music lovers of all ages. Come join us from 6:30-9:30pm on Friday nights in downtown New Albany! Thanks to our sponsors 91.9 WFPK & McNeely Stephenson.
The Cunning make raw, real, indie rock & roll, firing twin barrels of guitar-fueled stomp and anthemic pop melodies. This year the band have teamed up with producer Lincoln Parish formerly of Cage The Elephant and are releasing two new singles in Summer 2019. With a huge melodic sound that nods to groups like The Beatles and R.E.M. one minute and the anthemic sweep of My Morning Jacket and The Who the next.
The Powell Brothers bring their brand of Country/Americana to the Bicentennial Park stage. The group is fronted by brothers Taylor Powell and Blake Powell. The band’s music really comes to life in their high energy live show. The Powell Brothers have been selected to support numerous top national acts, including sharing the stage with names like Lee Brice, Billy Currington, Josh Turner, Gary Allan, Granger Smith, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Byrd, Montgomery Gentry, Suzy Bogguss, The Bellamy Brothers, Pat Green, Cody Johnson, Randy Rogers Band, Jack Ingram and many more.
When Austin based soul-singer, Tameca Jones, opens her mouth and sings, jaws hit ground. Her honeyed and powerful vocals have been captivating her hometown for a little over ten years. She began melting faces in 2005 when she joined Austin based band 8 Million Stories as the group’s lead singer and songwriter. The band made a name for itself playing in and around Austin and got a publishing deal with Riptide Publishing. Tameca was a part of the band for 2 1/2 years before the band called it quits. This left her without someone to help her create original music. So, she turned to covers to continue playing, grow her audience, and pay the bills.
Rachel Baiman is an American singer-songwriter and fiddler based in Nashville, Tennessee. Inspired in equal parts by John Hartford and Courtney Barnett, Baiman’s influences span a wide range, but years spent playing traditional music shine through in her firmly rooted sound. For recording and production, Baiman turned to the talents of Mandolin Orange’s Andrew Marlin. “At the time that I was writing the music for this record, I was listening to all North Carolina-made albums, including Mandolin Orange and the album Andrew produced for Josh Oliver (Oliver is also featured heavily on Shame).” Shortly after reaching out to Marlin, Baiman traveled to Chapel Hill, NC for three intensive days in the studio. “The energy was amazing,” Baiman says. “It became clear that we were making something really special that needed to be finished.”
The Accidentals were named among Yahoo Music’s “Top 10 Bands to Watch” in 2017. Their original songs revealed a band with wide-ranging influences but always true to their orchestral roots. National applause and attention followed, as did acclaimed collaborations with some fellow local artists and independent filmmakers. Other career highlights included scoring arrangements for a 75-piece orchestra to accompany them on their original songs as well as arranging pieces for an opera/dance production with Jennifer and Ryan Lott (Son Lux). The Accidentals’ inviting spirit of shared creativity is perhaps best represented by the album’s audacious first single, “KW,” showcasing the inimitable guitar work of Keller Williams, whose own virtuosic genre-agnostic approach towards music making inspired the song in the first place.
June 28 - The Accidentials
Appalatin will be playing along with Americana band, Grizzly Goat. Appalatin fluently combine the sounds and styles indigenous to Latin music with that of American folk music, transcending into its own unique amalgamation of truly global music. The six-member band uses all acoustic instrumentation that features classical and steel string guitars; traditional Native wood flutes and pan flutes; harmonica; mandolin; charango (Andean ukelele); bass; and a myriad of percussion (congas, bongos, cajon, maracas, cow-bell and guiro to name a few).
July 12 - Appalatin
Local hometown heros, Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters, are a four piece Country band with Southern Rock roots. They’ve released three albums prior to the new release; “Extra Better” in 2013, “Light of Day” in 2014, and their first full length “Midwest Heart/Southern Blues” in 2016. The new album “All Damn Day”, is a gritty, collection of songs, full of characters who were developed while staring over the dash of a beat up Chevy van cruising through towns in the South and Midwest, whose better days are behind them. Nick Dittmeier & Sawdusters will be on the road in 2018 and beyond. For fans of The Band, Little Feat, and the Turnpike Troubadours. Wonky Tonk will be opening for Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters.
July 19 - Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters
Full Contact Karaoke is the region’s premier live karaoke band that lets you sing karaoke with a full band backing up your vocals. Guests can sign up in advance to sing their favorite songs with a band backing up their every move. Full Contact Karaoke has put together a format that turns the concept from a glorified karaoke night into a rock star experience.