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Concerts in the Park return to Big Spring Park each Monday night for 11 weeks

People enjoy the music during a Concerts in the Park event in this file photo. This summer's series begins June 3 with concerts planned each Monday for 11 weeks on the Huntsville Museum of Art outdoor stage in Big Spring International Park. (File photo)

People enjoy the music during a Concerts in the Park event in this file photo. This summer’s series begins June 3 with concerts planned each Monday for 11 weeks on the Huntsville Museum of Art outdoor stage in Big Spring International Park. (File photo)

A staple of Huntsville summer entertainment returns on June 3 with the start of the 2013 season of the Concerts in the Park in Big Spring International Park. The Arts Council and the City of Huntsville’s Department of Parks and Recreation put on the annual concerts, which will be held for 11 weeks every Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the Huntsville Museum of Art outdoor stage.

The series will showcase a mix of musical genres from rock and roll, pop and top 40 to light classical, bluegrass, folk and jazz. The series is free, picnics are welcome and there will be food vendors onsite with items available for purchase.

This year’s concert lineup includes 22 performance groups, including eight acts that are new to the series:

June 3 – Big Daddy Kingfish and JUICE

June 10 – Cristina Lynn and Tangled String Band

June 17 – Tropical Breeze Steel Band and The Brakers

June 24 – The 911 Reporters and Groove

July 1 – Strings of Pearl and Olde Towne Brass

July 8 – Jimmy Henderson and Bourbon & Shamrocks

July 15 – The Ben Parker Project and DiscOasis

July 22 – U.S. Army Materiel Command Bands

July 29 -Step Heavy and Jeff Whitlow and the Old Barn Band

August 5 – Winslow Davis and Mambo Gris Gris

August 12 – Ashley Smith and Rocket City Jazz Orchestra

The July 22 concert with the U.S. Army Materiel Command Bands is part of Huntsville’s Armed Forces Week celebrations, and the evening will end with a downtown fireworks display.

“The music scene in Huntsville is vibrant and growing,” Arts Council Executive Director Allison Dillon-Jauken said. “We are proud to join with the City of Huntsville’s Department of Parks and Recreation to showcase some of our city’s outstanding talent every Monday night at Concerts In the Park. The concert series offers something for everyone, and it’s all free, fun and family-friendly.”

For more information on the 2013 Concerts in the Park series visit artshuntsville.org or huntsvilleal.gov.

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Huntsville Museum of Art

By the early 1990s, the facility inadequately met the growing needs of the Museum, and a new free-standing facility was planned to occupy a site in Big Spring International Park in the heart of downtown Huntsville. The City of Huntsville committed $4 million in capital funds, and a public capital campaign raised the additional $3.4 million needed. A local architectural firm was employed to design the 3-story, 46,000 sq. ft. building.

The new facility opened to the public in March 1998, with over 8,000 people visiting during the initial opening weekend. With usable gallery space of approximately 15,000 sq. ft., the new Museum significantly increased the breadth of its exhibitions for the community and region, including annual large-scale “blockbuster” exhibitions of international caliber.

In January 2006, the Museum proudly unveiled its latest addition, Plaza in the Park. Plaza in the Park added additional spaces to the lower level of the Museum opening on to Big Spring International Park. The Plaza featured the former restaurants Palette Café and Café Baba, former Signature Gallery Museum Store, Museum Academy classrooms and the Children’s Community Gallery. This was truly a place for visitors to eat, shop, create and view art. With the Plaza in the Park feature, the Museum’s total square footage grew to 52,000. Plaza in the Park now consists of the Museum Academy, Children’s Community Gallery and Pane e Vino pizzeria.

On February 23, 2007, the Museum formally announced its plans for future expansion with Masterpiece in the Making, The Capital Campaign for the Huntsville Museum of Art. The plan had an $11 million goal: $8 million for facility enhancement and $3 million for endowment.

The expansion, named The Davidson Center for the Arts for its largest contributors, opened on November 21, 2010. The new facility includes seven new exhibition galleries, the Stender Family Education Galleries (which house interactive and hands on exhibits), four new special event facilities and an adjacent parking lot for ease of access.

The Huntsville Museum of Art sits at the epicenter of a dynamic and evolving new city center that is poised to become an even greater magnet for cultural activities, tourism, in-town living and economic development.

Huntsville Museum of Art
300 Church St SW
Huntsville, AL 35801-4910

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