A small but worthy concert series (July 26)

July 22, 2009

One of my favorite free concert series is on this Sunday (July 26) at 6 p.m. in North St. Louis’ Ivory Perry Park (800 Belt Ave.). Although the series’ organizers tend not to mention its founding anymore, I can’t help but remember what prompted it. We’d only recently moved to St. Louis then, and I was shocked to read that a pack of wild dogs could attach a child in a city park in broad daylight. The park’s neighbors were shocked into action too, and let by three churches known as the Union Council, they pulled the concert series together to raise money for and awareness of the park.

It’s a small series, with only three concerts and attendance that doesn’t come close to filling the park’s large, open lawns, but the performers are always top-notch and the atmosphere is great for kids. This Sunday there’s a worship service at 4:30 p.m. with a potluck meal and then the concert featuring the Ralph Butler Band. If the kids get antsy during the music, there’s usually entertainment or art projects — or you can take them over to the playground, a very tangible result of the concert series’ success, and marvel at tragedy turned into song.

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