Concerts in the Park series combines music, message

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

Some might say the Concert in the Park series is a perfect way for families and couples to kick off the weekend sitting in lawn chairs on summer nights at Pole Green Park listening to various musicians and bands for free.

Members of Prospect 7 perform Friday during the Concerts in the Park series at Pole Green Park, put on by the E.J. Wade Foundation.

Members of Prospect 7 perform Friday during the Concerts in the Park series at Pole Green Park, put on by the E.J. Wade Foundation.

More than 3,000 people came out last Friday night for E.J. Wade Foundation’s “Night for Niger,” which is one of five concerts the organization is putting on this year as part of its summer concert series.

“For us it’s really important that we focus on using our local talent, those that either still live in Richmond, grew up [here] or somewhere in the vicinity— that’s an important feature to us,” said Missy Minton, director of administration at the foundation. “That’s our way of giving back to our local community, which is to feature our local talent that’s homegrown.”

Minton said the concert series first started last year when the organization’s founder, Jeff Wade’s sons wanted to share the message about Niger, Africa, and its people who are in need, through the band Prospect 7.

“The music is our universal language. It’s how we hold a captive audience and it’s how we’re spreading the word about all the tenets of philanthropy of the foundation. Not just about Niger,” Minton said.

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