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Gigs in the Garden: Barak Hill
May 5, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Central Bank and Central Trust present Gigs in the Garden, a free concert series at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays in May of 2019 at the Peace through People Pavilion located within the beautiful Dogwood Garden in the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo.
Gigs in the Garden features a variety of local performance groups and offers community members an exciting way to enjoy the extraordinary park. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating. In the case of inclement weather, the concerts will move inside the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.
Barak Hill performs on Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m.
Barak Hill is a singer-songwriter from Springfield, Missouri, the winner of American Songwriter Magazine’s 2012 Santa Cruz Guitar Song Contest, and one of the top three solo musicians in Southwest Missouri in a recent 417 Magazine readers’ poll. Barak tours regularly and has shared the stage with a wide range of artists — from popular regional bands like Big Smith and The Ben Miller Band to national artists like Jay Farrar (Son Volt) and Amanda Shires (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit). Barak’s songs and sound run in the same vein as Amos Lee, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle, and Gillian Welch. Heartbroken Americana left with a fistful of hope that things might get better. Honest, well-crafted lyrics set to strong melodies connect with people on an intimate, personal level.
“Where Hill excels, and so few of his contemporaries do, is in making silence and pause into storytelling devices unto themselves…Hill’s lyrical approach is economical and plain-spoken, the words of everyman. But they’re delivered with the careful pacing and assuredness of a man who knows the impact he wants and how to get it. It’s this sense of when not to sing or even play that lends the songs a gravitas they could lose in the hands of someone else.” — Chris DeRosier, TAG Magazine
“Brutally honest expressions of obstacles to love.” — Ed Peaco, Springfield NewsLeader
“A masterful storyteller and riveting performer.” — Brett Johnston, Compass Rose Online
Gigs in the Garden is organized by Ric Mayer, maintainer of the Kickapoo Edge Prairie, through Friends of the Garden and Springfield Sister Cities Association in cooperation with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. Funding for the concert series is made possible through Central Bank and Central Trust’s sponsorship of the Dogwood Garden.
Though the concerts are free, donations are accepted to help fund an ADA-compliant pathway through the Kickapoo Edge Prairie. One of more than 40 garden areas at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, the Kickapoo Edge Prairie is an educational demonstration of Missouri’s ecological heritage.
The Peace through People Pavilion was constructed in late 2016 to encourage more cultural performances and community events in the Springfield Botanical Gardens. The Pavilion furthers the Friends of the Garden mission to bring people, nature, and gardens together as well as the Springfield Sister Cities Association mission of Peace through People.