The Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation (FWCRC), a nonprofit serving the residents of Houston’s historic 5th Ward Community, is pursuing new opportunities as a Cultural Arts District for the Lyons Avenue Corridor.
In so doing, the launch of a new arts program, Fresh Fridays After Five Summer Music Series will consist of four weeks of Friday night concerts taking place from June 16 to July 7 at the iconic JAM Park.
All concerts will be free, compliments of a “Pride in Place” grant from NeighborWorks America.
The celebrations will begin at 5 PM and end at 8:30 PM.
The JAM Park is located at 3705 Lyons.
In celebration of the community’s rich culture and musical accolades, Fresh Fridays After Five brings four nights of outstanding music honoring the deep musical roots of Houston’s historic 5th Ward, including rap, hip-hop, rhythm and blues and gospel.
The series kicks off with performances by hometown rap and hip-hop artists Wazeer and Blaze X Black (2016 Houston Press Band of the Year) on June 16th.
Following Fresh Fridays will showcase the funky fave Tightn’ Up (June 23), a Gospel Celebration (June 30) and Houston Blues Queen Trudy Lynn (July 7) will serve up the crowning performance.
This new series will entertain and spread the word across Houston about the renaissance and community transformation currently underway in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, the 151-year-old 5th Ward. Created for residents and guests alike, the series is designed to welcome new families and encourage existing families in the community to take advantage of the opportunities to live, work, and play in 5th Ward.
Fresh Fridays After Five is the newest addition to a movement to revitalize Lyons Avenue and the neighborhood.
The music series joins the renovated DeLuxe Theater, which re-opened a year ago; the newly opened Legacy Community Health Clinic; and numerous community programs to bring back cultural and commercial activity on Lyons. FWCRC is uniquely positioned to offer this diverse, cultural opportunity in Houston’s 5th Ward neighborhood.
“Our goal in 5th Ward is to revitalize the neighborhood while keeping the traditions of this historic area. That means establishing a thriving arts and cultural district reminiscent of the rich history. Celebrating with family and friends helps heighten community spirit and pride with the Fresh Fridays after Five Summer Music Series,” says Kathy Flanagan Payton, CEO of FWCRC.
Concert-goers should also be prepared to eat some of Houston’s best food truck fare. Many of Houston’s most popular food trucks are scheduled to attend.
About Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation:
The non-profit 501(c) 3, and charter affiliate of NeighborWorks America organization was started in April of 1989. The organization was started by educators, clergy, residents and business owners. For more than 25 years FWCRC has built and sold homes, provided affordable housing, and worked to make the community a great place to live, work and play. In addition to Fresh Fridays After Five, FWCRC is also the producer of the Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival and directed the renovation of the historic DeLuxe Theater.
About the JAM Park:
At first glance, art enthusiasts will immediately recognize the work of artists Dan Havel and Dean Ruck. The JAM is more than just public art though. The JAM, a performance space, is a fitting addition to the historic Houston 5th Ward. During its musical heyday in the 1940s and ’50s, the 5th Ward, or “The Nickel” as it is affectionately known, was home to Don Robey’s Peacock Records, which recorded the Mighty Clouds of Joy and Big Mama Thornton, and its sister club, The Bronze Peacock, which hosted the likes of T-Bone Walker and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown.