For Immediate Release: First concert announced at Fred Anderson Park Site
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Saturday, September 21, 2013
1 - 4 PM


Date:       September 3, 2013

Contact:   Tim Reardon
               Board Member, Birdhouse Inc.
               (708) 606-6054

First Concert Announced for Fred Anderson Park Site

CHICAGO – Jazz and gospel music will be featured in a free concert, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the site where the Chicago Park District is building a park named for the late Chicago jazz musician Fred Anderson. Homemade foods and cold drinks will be sold by the True Rock Ministries congregation to help fund their community center.
Chicago saxophonist Ari Brown, who was a longtime friend and colleague of Fred Anderson, will lead a trio for two sets of music. Gospel singers from True Rock Ministries will open and close the concert. Neighbors, musicians, friends and fans of Fred, dog-friendly people and members of South Loop’s significant dog-owning community are encouraged to participate in this community-building gathering.
Fred Anderson Park is located in Chicago’s South Loop community area near the intersection of Wabash Avenue and 16th Street at 1611 through 1629 S. Wabash Ave. The park’s approved and funded plans include a performance area and stage in its northwest corner, which will be backed by a raised berm of trees and plantings. Behind it will be a large, state-of-the-art dog park providing separate areas for large dogs and small dogs.
Anderson was one of Chicago’s most beloved musicians and a world-renowned tenor saxophonist, composer and improviser. He lived nearby and was the beloved proprietor of the Velvet Lounge. It was located at 67 E. Cermak Road for four years and at 2128 ½ S. Indiana Ave. for 24 years. Anderson, who died at the age of 81 in 2010, was known for his deep, rich sound, his unique method of playing music and for his benevolence as a mentor. His club was popular among all ages and races of fans and his stage was open to a wide variety of jazz, creative and experimental musicians.
This first, free Fred Anderson Park concert will utilize the Culture Coach, a traveling stage provided courtesy of the musician Hanah Jon Taylor [cq]. Concert sponsors include Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), True Rock Ministries, Birdhouse Inc., the South Loop Dog PAC and Kuumba Renaissance Ltd. [cq]. Volunteers will provide information about these organizations during the event. Additional sponsorships are available and future support is invited.
Overall, the goal and intention of this cooperative effort is to ensure that Fred Anderson Park is built and operated to the highest standards such that it is a point of pride for Chicagoans as they work, play and listen for generations to come. Birdhouse, Inc., established by Fred Anderson in 1977, is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, 501(c) 3, that is dedicated to sharing his legacy and inspiring today’s musicians to be creative in their own right.

Suggested Contacts:

Rev. Earl Grandberry
Pastor, True Rock Ministries
(312) 939-1109

Susan Fox & Hanah Jon Taylor
Kuumba Renaissance Ltd.
(608) 251-8565

Pamela Focia
Treasurer, South Loop Dog PAC
(312) 286-3274
Chicago Saxophonist Ari Brown
Photo by Michael Jackson [cq]
Fred Anderson pictured in 2007
Photo by Peter Bell
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