September 4, 5, and 6 marked another partnership between the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, the Ordway, the Schubert Club, and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival presenting their musical scenes to the Lowertown community. The festival marks the opening of the upcoming fall music events in Minnesota. Three days of art, music and community.
For three days and three nights about 10,000 members of the Lowertown community and Twin Cities community gathered to hear the musical talents of their Twin Cities music scenes. However, Mears Park is known for its prime cultured scenes, this festival contrasted the previous festivals and musical scenes of Lowertown. Three months prior to the Concecrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival Mears Park had been hosting Music in Mears. A series of music and movies every Thursday. The Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival brought various other sounds to Lowertown that was absent throughout the summer. The sounds of orchestra, jazz, and salsa.
The Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival 2014 was a great success. However, the event itself takes a lot of work. It takes Steve Heckler and his team about a year to organize the event. Prior to the actual event the team needs time to fund raise, book the music talents, checking production (sound, tents, staging, ect) based on the booking. They need to coordinate volunteers and access permits, food vendors and much more. Organizing an event such as the Concrete and Grass Lowertown festival is a lot of work. However the success of the event is what drives the organizers to plan for the next and lets just say Steve Heckler has started planing the 2015 Concrete and Grass Lowertown Festival.
A special thanks to Connie Shaver for providing us with photographs. Photo credit: Andrea Canter