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Krannert Center’s OUTSIDE at the Research Park shows announced

From the press release:


OUTSIDE AT THE RESEARCH PARK 2013 | June 14 and July 12 at 6:30pm | FREE

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts once again joins forces with Fox/Atkins Development, LLC and the University of Illinois for a two-show series of summer concerts at the University of Illinois Research Park. Both concerts are free and open to the public. OUTSIDE at the Research Park plays upon a simple concept: great music, fresh food, a green state of mind, and an open, relaxed environment. The performance space and seating area are located just south of the building at the corner of First Street and St. Mary’s Road in Champaign. The tree-lined, grassy space has hosted thousands of audience members each summer since the inception of OUTSIDE in 2007.

Headliners for the 2013 series will be ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival alum Vieux Farka Touré with his signature Malian blues on June 14 and the alternative American roots band Spuyten Duyvil on July 12.

Come Together

Krannert Center’s senior associate director Rebecca McBride notes, “It has been a pure pleasure to see OUTSIDE at the Research Park become a beloved summer tradition in our community. Through the generosity of our donors, we’ve been able to help create a joyous celebration that recognizes our region’s diversity, talent, and dedication to solving problems such as sustainability and that offers an opportunity to witness the power of the arts to transform lives and connect people.” The 2013 OUTSIDE series will continue to demonstrate Krannert Center’s commitment to reduce waste, decrease energy consumption, and provide environmentally friendly services to patrons.

The performance on Friday, July 12, is the perfect launching point for the forthcoming 2013-14 season at Krannert Center, which begins with ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival on September 5-7; tickets for these events go on sale at10am on Saturday, August 10. The July 12 event will also feature a green fair that will invite sustainability-minded local businesses and organizations to take advantage of free exhibit space to share information about their green efforts. Interested parties can contact Lisa Lillig at 217.244.6298 or for more information.


Friday, June 14, 2013, at 6:30pm, FREE

Vieux Farka Touré with opening act Mhondoro Rhythm Success

CU’s own Mhondoro Rhythm Success simmers with enchanting Zimbabwean pop songs that blend traditional regional music with electric guitar. Sharp percussion and appealing melodies from that southern African nation create the ultimate dancing atmosphere. The evening then journeys into the desert as the Hendrix of the Sahara and ELLNORA 2011 alum Vieux Farka Touré boosts the temperature with scorching rock solos and thrilling vocals. In penetrating bluesy licks and joyful tunes “straight from the heart of Mali,” he charges ancestral grooves with modern energy (

Friday, July 12, 2013, at 6:30pm, FREE

Green Fair starts at 6pm

Spuyten Duyvil with opening act The Diva & The Dude/Kathy Harden & Andy Baylor

A refreshing night kicks off with The Diva & The Dude/Kathy Harden & Andy Baylor, who cover songs by saucy women ranging from Patsy Cline to Koko Taylor. Then prepare yourself for the rowdy roots music of Spuyten Duyvil (that’s Spite-en Dive-el). “All the playing is hot” on ripping bluegrass-meets-country-meets-blues from this eight-piece force of nature (Huffington Post). 

Location, Parking, and Services

These concerts will be held just southwest of Assembly Hall on First Street in the Research Park. Free parking is available in the lot south of the Caterpillar/SAIC Building at 1901 South First Street.

All performances are free and open to the general public.

Beverages, wine, and food are available from Houlihan’s Restaurant in the concession area located at the northwest corner of the Caterpillar/SAIC Building.

Restrooms are available inside the Caterpillar/SAIC Building at 1901 South First Street. 


Presented by Krannert Center, Fox/Atkins Development, LLC & the University of Illinois

Corporate Sponsors: Prosource, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon,, and Champaign Cycle Co.

With thanks to the Illinois Natural History Survey/Prairie Research Institute

Community Partner: Prairie Rivers Network 

Visit or call 217.333.6280 or 800.KCPATIX (527.2849). Patrons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech-impaired may also contact Krannert Center via TTY at 217.333.9714.

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