Free Independence Day Concert
North Carolina Brass Band to Headline Free Independence Day Concert at Triad Park
“Letters from Home,” the Winston-Salem vocal duo that performed WWII era songs at the D Day Commemoration on Omaha Beach in Normandy, will open
Winston-Salem, NC (June 18, 2019) – Triad residents are in for a super Independence Day celebration at Triad Park on Sunday, June 30, when the North Carolina Brass Band presents a free patriotic pops concert. The 28-member Triad-based band is composed of many of the finest brass players and percussionists in the state. The icing on the Nation’s 2019 birthday cake for this Triad audience with be the opening act, “Letters from Home.” The Winston-Salem vocal duo has toured the world reviving patriotism through music, and recently performed WWII era songs at the D Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration on Omaha Beach in Normandy. Erinn Dearth and singer and comedian Dan Beckmann present one-of-a-kind shows featuring the music of WWII, Vietnam and beyond.
The concert is a part of the Summer Parks Concert Series presented by Forsyth County and The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County. Truliant Federal Credit Union is the sponsor for this concert to be held at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, June 30, at Triad Park near Kernersville. The concert and parking are free. Attendees who bring a non-perishable food item for Second Harvest Food Bank, The Arts Council’s concert nonprofit partner, will receive a voucher for a free soft drink or bottle of water at The Arts Council tent.
Christine Jones, Chief Operating Officer of The Arts Council, said, “This is an amazing way for area residents to celebrate our nation’s birthday. The North Carolina Brass Band with its patriotic pops repertoire will certainly put us in the Fourth of July spirit. Then we have “Letters from Home” opening for them, recently back from a featured performance at Omaha Beach before an audience of world leaders and millions of television viewers. All free and family friendly. Can’t do better than that! ”
This is the fourth year that Forsyth County and The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County have collaborated on the Summer Parks Concert Series. David Plyler, Chair of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, described the relationship as “a public/private partnership that has more than proved its worth. I especially want to urge our veterans and their families to come out, visit the Carolina Field of Honor, and enjoy this concert that will have special meaning for them.”
Forsyth County, the nonprofit Arts Council and private sector businesses have all pitched in to make the Summer Parks Concert Series possible. “Pooling our resources is a great way to make good things happen for residents of Forsyth County,” Plyler said.
Piedmont Paving is the 2019 Summer Parks Concert Series sponsor. PNC Bank, Publix Super Markets, Truliant Federal Credit Union, and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Carolinas Realty are sponsoring individual concerts. Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery and R.H. Barringer Distributing Company are the beverage sponsors.
Triad Park, the venue for the Sunday, June 30, N C Brass Band concert, is located at 9652 West Market St. Kernersville, NC. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. and music starts at 5:00 p.m. Picnicking is permitted and concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Food trucks, including Baconessence, Porterhouse Burger Truck, Bandito Burrito, and Mike & Mike’s Italian Ice, will be on site. Refreshments such as soda, water, beer and wine are available, with all proceeds supporting The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County. No outside alcohol is permitted.
Art Nouveau of Winston-Salem, a community of young people affiliated with The Arts Council, and Peppercorn Theatre of Kaliedium, will provide activities for kids.
The two remaining Summer Parks performances are “The Embers” on Sunday, July 28, and “Charlie” on Sunday, August 25.
The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County is the nation’s oldest Arts Council. Winston-Salem, known as a City of Arts and Innovation, and Forsyth County have a robust arts community that enriches the lives of area residents every day and accounts in large part for the recognition they continue to receive as a great place to live, learn, work and play. Forsyth County’s nonprofit arts industry supports 5,559 full time equivalent jobs; accounts for more than $129 million in resident household income, and generates more than $14.8 million in local and state tax revenues.