Krannert Center, along with Fox/Atkins Development LLC, has put together a three-concert series with the goal of creating an environment of great music, great food, an eco-friendly mind-set and a relaxed feel. With a great turnout for the first show in the series featuring Rosie Ledet and The Zydeco Playboys two weeks ago, Outside at the Research Park Series has proven itself an impressive and well-received effort.
The performances and seating area are located just south of the building at the corner of First Street and St. Mary’s Road in Champaign at the Research Park. Laura Frerichs of Fox/Atkins Development says the concert series is a way to showcase the diverse cultures who work within the facilities, along with being a fantastic opportunity to share Research Park with the entire community. This year, the Eastern Illinois Foodbank will receive proceeds from the sales of eco-friendly, 100 percent-recycled cotton bags. Krannert Center’s commitment to this effort can also be seen in its plan to reduce waste at the concert, decrease energy consumption and provide environmentally friendly services to patrons.
Friday, July 25, brings Bandoleros, a medley of flamenco rhythms, Middle Eastern melodies, and Latin grooves that can turn anyone into a dancer. The quartet has opened for a lot of eclectic acts, such as Tito Puente and Liquid Soul, and claims their own style emerges from their connections to Assyria, Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, and Russia.
Opening act Brandon T. Washington, a Champaign local, starts at 6:30 p.m. and if you have never seen this local treasure, this unique atmosphere would be a perfect place to taste his soulful R&B style.
With free parking and food and drink provided from Biaggi’s Restaurant, Krannert and Fox/Atkins Development LLC has outdone themselves, tempting CU concertgoers just a little too much. Take advantage of the summer weather and head south of campus for a change in scenery and sound.

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