06/05/2019 | News release | Archived content
'In making selections for the Aurora Rhythms concerts, I try to offer a wide variety of musical styles to allow residents access to diverse musical genres and to the ever expanding range of musical artists and groups available to us,' said Lisa Mumpton, Cultural Arts supervisor with the city's Cultural Services Division and curator of the city summer concerts.
The goal for Mumpton is to continually expand the musical options for attendees and opportunities for artists. Enter 2019 Aurora Rhythms - Concerts on the Lawn with an inclusive lineup that ranges from Motown and Afropop marimba, to jazz by Army musicians and rock flamenco.
The free concerts will take place 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, June 20 and 27 and July 11 and 18, at the Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway. There will be food trucks onsite for each, but concertgoers are also welcome to bring their own food, blankets and lawn chairs.
Aurora Rhythms will kick off June 20 with Soul School Band, where 'class will be in session' with a variety of golden oldies, R&B, Motown, rock and funk. Food trucks Top Dawg Sausages and Philly's Italian Water Ice will be onsite.
The following week, June 27, Kutandara is up with Zimbabwe, Afropop, marimba music. Kutandara is a nonprofit organization that looks to inspire,
transform and connect people through music. Food truck La Crepe a Papa will be onsite along with Philly's Italian Water Ice.
After a week break for the city of Aurora 4th of July Spectacular, which also includes live music by Syndicate and School of Rock, the summer concert series resumes July 11 with El Javi, 'the King of Rock Flamenco' as he self-defines. Have you heard Queen or Led Zeppelin on a classical guitar with flamenco flavor? El Javi will perform in Aurora with his band. Food trucks The Turkish Chef and Philly's Italian Water Ice will be onsite.
Aurora Rhythms 2019 will conclude with classic Americana - the 101st Army Dixieland Band, featuring the hits of Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Jelly Roll Morton and many others. The Middle Eastern Shack food truck will be onsite along with Philly's Italian Water Ice.
The elements for a fantastic summer full of rhythms from around the world are there. All it needs now is you. Don't miss out!
For more information, visit AuroraGov.org/Concerts.