(This post originally appeared HERE in SDGLN media partner San Diego Uptown News.)
Jazz musician Lenny “Fuzzy” Rankins opens the 11th anniversary season of the Bird Park Summer Concerts series June 15, followed by indie rock band Okapi Sun June 29, Latin jazz artists Todo Mundo July 13, country rockers Kanan Road July 27 and blues band Big Papa and the TCB Aug. 10. The concerts are every-other Saturday from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Bird Park is located at the intersection of Upas and 28th streets in North Park, near Pershing Drive. The series began in 2002 as a part of the North Park Community Association (NPCA). “The NPCA’s main message for these concerts is to encourage the entire community to come together, bring along a picnic, enjoy the music, dance and mingle with friends,” NPCA representatives said on the website.
Grammy Award-winning Rankins originally hails from Ohio and, after extensive time in New York and Pennsylvania, moved to California in 1990. His first blues album, “Not Gonna Work This Time” was recorded in 1993 and in 1996, he was the featured artist at a special dedication to musician T-Bone Walker. San Diego-based, he continues to record and produce with his company MoonCook Productions. His album “Take A Brotha Home” was nominated for Best Blues Album at the 2010 San Diego Music Awards.
The concerts are completely community supported, and the NPCA is accepting tax-deductible donations to help cover costs for staging the series. For more information click HERE.