91.9 WFPK announces the launch of Louisville’s favorite concert series on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. The WFPK Waterfront Wednesday Concert Series is a monthly free concert on the Big Four Lawn in Louisville Waterfront Park, adjacent to the iconic Big Four® Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge. To alleviate parking congestion caused by the KY/IN Bridges project, a free trolley service, courtesy of Republic Bank, will be offered.
The first installment of the summer series will feature 1200 (9:00 pm, pictured above), Liz Vice (7:30 pm), and Rayland Baxter (6:00 pm). Artist announcements will be made as concert dates approach. Visit WFPK.org for the most updated information.
The concerts take place on the final Wednesday of every month, April through September. Dates for the 2016 season are: April 27, May 25, June 29, July 27, August 31 & September 28. The Big Four Lawn “opens” at 5 pm, and the music begins promptly at 6 pm.
“WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays are such an integral part of our station’s identity. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary as Radio Louisville, I hope the entire community will come out to enjoy what is sure to be a memorable summer of music on the Waterfront. We’ve got plenty of surprises for this season that we’ll be announcing soon!” said WFPK Program Director Stacy Owen.
Jecorey “1200” Arthur is a composer and performer from Louisville, Ky. Though 1200’s compositions can be considered hip hop, he is heavily influenced by neo-classicism and fusion. By day, 1200 is a music educator who specializes in percussion pedagogy. His most recent educational endeavor has been to serve as the Music Specialist at Hite Elementary School. He has also served as Program Director for AMPED (Academy of Music Production Education and Development) where he developed curriculum for students to learn the the arts of rapping, recording, and more.
Gospel, soul, and R&B infused artist Liz Vice is from Portland, Oregon. With a love of storytelling, she has found herself going from working behind the scenes in the film and video world to behind the mic. “The connection between gospel music and 1960s soul is reaffirmed on “There’s a Light,” the debut album by the Portland, Ore., singer Liz Vice. It’s a set of devout songs in vintage, tambourine-shaking soul style.” – Jon Pareles, The New York Times
Nashville native Rayland Baxter opens the show. “Baxter has a particular grasp for how even the most background of beats shape a song, and his work has the unique power of sounding unusual and familiar all at once.” —Rolling Stone Country
Special thanks to Friends of the Waterfront.
About WFPK Waterfront Wednesday
The Waterfront Development Corporation (WDC) and WFPK first partnered in 2002 to produce an innovative concert series that showcased local and emerging national recording artists as heard on radio station 91.9 WFPK FM. Each free concert attracts large audiences to mingle, dance and enjoy the river in a family-friendly park atmosphere with a cash bar and upscale festival fare including: Rack House BBQ (bourbon inspired/fusion BBQ) including Beef Brisket Kimchi Tacos, Jerk Pork Sliders, Bourbon Barrel Smoked Chicken on a cornmeal dusted Kaiser roll as well as the traditional southern BBQ offerings, slaw, potato salad, pulled pork, rib tips, The Big Four® Taco Stand featuring beef, pork & chicken tacos and quesadillas, The Burger Joint – Traditional All American Burger Joint. Burgers dressed to order, an “Original State Fair Corn Dog” stand, and the Mediterranean Cuisine Stand featuring beef, chicken, and fresh vegetables stuffed into pita, salads, grilled portabella mushroom sandwiches.
The event has become a thriving city institution, drawing thousands to Waterfront Park and helping Louisville secure an international award as a top city for festivals. In addition, the Southeast Tourism Society has named WFPK Waterfront Wednesday as one of their Top 20 Events. Previous acts include Old Crow Medicine Show, My Morning Jacket, Over the Rhine, Todd Snider, The Avett Brothers and many others.
Outside alcohol is prohibited. No coolers, no glass or pets allowed in the event area of the Big Four Lawn and the adjacent park areas.