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Birmingham City Council Announces Gip Gipson As Headling Performer for “SUMMER JAM” Concert Series In North Birmingham

GIP GIPSON

The Summer Jam concert and economic development series — hosted by City Council District 9 and REV Birmingham – are moving to North Birmingham for Independence Day Weekend, this time featuring a live performance from Blues Powerhouse Gip Gipson and R&B favorites Just a Few Cats.

The second installment will take place Saturday, July 5th, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. Councilor Marcus Lundy, co-sponsor Councilor William Parker (District 4) and REV will close off the 26th Street block of 29th Avenue North to feature live music, giveaways and food vendors like Travis’s Chicago-Style Polish Sausages & Bear Burgers, NOLA Ice and additional soul-food trucks.

This holiday event is part of a three-part concert and outdoor festival series to highlight the heritage and revitalization efforts of Ensley, North Birmingham and Pratt City neighborhoods. The June installment featured a live performance from nationally renowned neo-soul artist Algebra Blessett in Ensley.

“The first installment of Summer Jam was well-received; we had hundreds in attendance.” said District 9 Councilor Marcus Lundy. “This time we wanted to host something special for Birmingham, surrounding citizens and out-of-town guests visiting the Magic City for the holiday. Blues has a universal appeal, and with one of Birmingham’s most historic neighborhoods as the backdrop, this should be a real treat.”

Organizers are hosting these events as a concentrated effort to draw people back into these historic downtowns and view these communities as vibrant, safe and viable commercial centers.

In addition to the concert, Councilor Marcus Lundy’s office has partnered with REV Birmingham to incorporate economic development-focused components within the event. Surveys of each area and public street-level improvements will be installed prior to July 5th.

The final 2014 Summer Jam Event includes Pratt City on August 16th, 2014. (Additional concert details will be released at a later date.)

For more information about Summer Jamz please District 9 Committee Assistant Jose Perry, Jr. at 205.254.2302, or jose.perryjr@birminghamal.gov *. For media inquiries please contact Birmingham City Council Public Information Officer Chiara Morrow at 205.908.7392.

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