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Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds to Kick Off BlackRock Center’s Free Summer Concert Series

BlackRock Center for the Arts’ annual free summer concert series returns to the BlackRock outdoor stage Saturdays from July 2 to July 30, starting with a Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds on Saturday, July 2.

The summer’s concert series will kick-off with a special family performance by Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players at 6:00 pm on Saturday, July 2. Followed later that same evening, starting at 7:30pm, the nine-piece powerhouse group Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds will take the stage to put their modern spin on classic soul.

The remainder of the free summer concert series includes performances by the Country band Sweetback Sisters, the western swing of Quebe Sisters, the Carribean fusion of Empresarios, and classic rock and pop from the US Navy Cruisers.

Should inclement weather occur, all performances will move indoors to the BlackRock Main Stage. Tickets to the summer concerts at BlackRock are free of charge, and no reservations are required. Audiences are encouraged to check the BlackRock website, Facebook Page, and Twitter feed for the most up-to-date performance information. More information can be found at blackrockcenter.org.

The LineUp

Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players

Saturday, July 2 at 6:00 pm


Toss the blankies, kiddos! Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players return to BlackRock this summer. These Grammy-nominated all-stars of the indie family music scene will take the stage on BlackRock’s lawn for an hour-long performance that’ll get kids and their parents alike springing to their feet; jumping, dancing and bouncing off each other like bumper cars. The group dishes out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music that raises the bar for family music.

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

Saturday, July 2 at 7:30pm


This nine-piece powerhouse group puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of eight men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. While each of the Birds is capable of lighting up the stage with jaw-dropping displays of musicianship, it’s clear they’re focused on delivering the band’s infectious blend of rock, soul, and funk music as a single entity. Simply put, the band’s live show is explosive.

The Sweetback Sisters

Saturday, July 9 at 7:00 pm


The rollicking country swing of the Sweetback Sisters is as infectious as it is heartbreaking. Their charismatic charm harkens back to the golden era of both the silver screen cowgirl and the ersatz cowboy stars of local UHF TV kiddie shows. That whimsical exterior is wrapped around a core of deeply felt love for traditional country music styles and a palpable joy in playing and singing together. Like their pseudo-sister role models, the Davis Sisters, the Sweetback Sisters sing country songs in close, surrogate-sister harmony and matching dresses. Their repertoire combines several of the Sisters' passions—country music from before they were born and new interpretations of those traditions—to create a fresh take on what it means to be country.

The Quebe Sisters

Saturday, July 16 at 7:00 pm