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  2005 Ivory Perry Park Concert Series

Bennie Smith Hometown Legends -

"Bennie Smith “the Dean of St. Louis Electric Guitarists

Sunday July 24th, 6-8 p.m.

Grab your lawn chair, blanket, food (no glass, please) and head over to Ivory Perry Park the 4th Sunday of each summer month. July 24 will bring the Dean of St. Louis Guitarists, Bennie Smith. Enjoy his St. Louis-style blues with special guest singer Irma Whiteside. Willie Akins, The Legendary Jazz Master, will conclude the series on August 28, the 4th Sunday in August. Akins’ command of the tenor and alto sax will sooth your soul. Special guest Erika Johnson will appear with Akins’ quartet. The 2005 summer series started of with Fontella Bass, The Lady with Class” appearing June 26th

Ivory Perry Park, formerly Visitation Park, is located at 800 Belt Avenue. Off of Delmar, turn north on Belt Avenue at Connect Care Hospital. (Belt Avenue is one stoplight east of DeBaliviere.) Street parking is available with additional parking in the St. Louis Connect Care Community Health Center’s lots.

Each concert will feature special events for children and families. New this summer: St. Louis Rib will have food for sale at each concert. As usual, Fitz’s Root Beer and Ted Drews will be available.

Thanks to the efforts of many community and school groups, local businesses and churches, and St. Louis City officials, these free concerts will be a great place to hear wonderful St. Louis Legends this summer. Special thanks to the Whitaker Foundation and Regional Arts Council for their support. For more information, call Carla Mash Duncan at 314-727-2309 or check our Web site at www.union-avenue.org/ipp.html.

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