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Anson B. Nixon Park Summer Concert Series

Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber

Free Event

Wednesday, July 03
Show | 7pm // Doors | 7pm
Concerts are rain or shine events, and are only canceled in the event of severe weather. Shows start promptly at 7pm and run until 9pm with a brief intermission. Dinner is available for purchase from area restaurants at all performances, with desserts offered by La Michoacana Homemade Ice Cream and Sweet Magnolia Bakery.
M&M Barbecue will offer dinner on July 3rd.


Burnt Suger The Arkestra Chamber
playing the Prince & David Bowie Songbooks with a very special Burnt Sugar Encore


David Fricke of Rolling Stone calls them “a multiracial jam army that freestyles with cool telekinesis between the lustrous menace of Miles Davis’ On The Corner, the slash-and-om of 1970s King Crimson, and Jimi Hendrix’ moonwalk across side three of Electric Ladyland.”
Founded by Village Voice icon Greg “Ionman” Tate and co-led with monster groove bassist Jared Michael Nickerson since 1999, New York City’s Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber is a sprawling band of musicians whose prodigious personnel and adherence to Butch Morris’s “Conduction” system allows them to freely juggle a wide swath of the soul-jazz-hip hop & rock spectrum. 
This very accom­plished crew’s personnel has play­ing cred­its that range from Melvin Van Pee­bles, TV On The Radio, Toshi Reagon, DJ Logic, Gary Lucas, Tamar Kali, Phish, William Parker and Liz Wright to Marshall Crenshaw, The Holmes Broth­ers, Wadada Leo Smith, The The, David Mur­ray, Billy Ocean and Living Colour’s Vernon Reid.
With commissions from venues such as The Apollo Theatre, Sons d’hiver Festival in Paris France, The Detroit Institute of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center, Hartford’s Real Art Ways, N.Y.C.’s Joe’s Pub & Lincoln Center and Buffalo’s Hallwalls Art Center the BSA has spent the last three years “caramelizing” the music of James Brown, Steely Dan, Melvin Van Peebles, David Bowie, Chuck Brown, Miles Davis, Prince, Fleetwood Mac, Rick James and Sun Ra. 
The Burnt Sugar Arkestra is a territory band, a neo-tribal thang, a community hang, a society music guild aspiring to the condition of all that is molten, glacial, racial, spacial, oceanic, mythic, antiphonal and telepathic.  


Robert Christgau says “Its electric Miles with soul, Maggot Brain with a PHD, the Hendrix Evans band of dreams, the underwater funk some hear in A.R. Kane.”
Free Concert Series at Anson B Nixon Park
In its 13th season, the Summer Concert Series returns to Anson B. Nixon Park in June. All concerts are FREE and run 8 consecutive Wednesdays June 19th thru August 7th.
The series is presented free of charge thanks to generous grants and donations from area businesses and charitable organizations including; The Chester County Community Foundation, Hadley, The Neil Joines Foundation Fund, The Jean and Aaron Martin Fund, Dansko, The Hutton Family Help Fund, The Mushroom Farmers of Pennsylvania, The Mushroom Festival, Just in Time Communications, Century 21 Pierce & Bair, Inc., Tri-M, Kennett Center For Advanced Dentistry, Wild Birds Unlimited, Melton Architects, Dorset Connects, H.A. Thomson Risk Management Services, Maffei Landscape Design LLC, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, and Historic Kennett Square.
The concerts are a collaboration between The Kennett Area Park Authority and The Kennett Flash and are organized by a volunteer committee over the span of several months leading up to the first concert.