Seattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with a number of Southeast Seattle community organizations, will present the first of four concerts from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept.10, in Othello Playground, 4351 S. Othello St.
The lineup includes Mamba Cadillac, an Afro Cuban vocal and instrumental group that improvises with world fusion percussionist/composer Tor Dietrichson; Grupo Bayno, with guest artist Roman "Ito" Carillo, a Seattle-based African Caribbean dance and music ensemble featuring Puerto Rican Bomba music; Global Heat, a hip-hop and jazzy dance group reminiscent of the Black-Eyed Peas and Soul Live; and Amber Tide, which myspace.com describes as "jazzy, bluesy, folksy, high-energy roots entertainment."
The concert series responds to Mayor Nickels' Southeast Seattle Action Agenda, a call to speed the revitalization of this vibrant, diverse community as it undergoes change and investment. The concerts provide active programming in parks that have experienced illegal activities in recent years, and they help increase arts and cultural opportunities programs, promote Southeast Seattle artists and increase connections between neighbors.
Co-sponsors of the concert series, which continues on Sundays Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 1, are HomeSight, the Community Safety Initiative, Mt. Baker Housing Association, Kismet Salon & Day Spa, Southeast Effective Development (SEED), Seattle Weed & Seed and David B. Silver, D.D.S.
The concerts are free, open to the public and appropriate for the family. Bring chairs or a blanket, bring a picnic and stay all afternoon. The concerts will go on, rain or shine.
For more information on the series lineup, visit www.cityofseattle.net/parks/parkspaces/othello.htm.