It takes all kinds!

Two communal loves of mine are libraries and live music.  I am delighted to note the combination of both for a fundraiser for the St. Joseph County Public Library.  If you have never seen and heard Billy “Stix” Nicks play drums, then you must!  This is a wonderful opportunity to do so, while also supporting the most excellent services and programs SJCPL provides.  HT to the SJCPL Blog post by Linda.

Additionally, tomorrow (Friday, July 24, 2009) from 11:30am to 1:30pm, you can catch the phenomenal rhythms of Billy Nicks and the ambiance of downtown South Bend at Motown Plays Fridays By the Fountain.

Bill “Stix” Nicks with Motown Dance Party at Fridays by the Fountain
Sponsored by Transpo
The Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend Tribune and Sunny 101.5 are pleased to present the outdoor summer series, “Fridays by the Fountain”. Join us in the Jon R. Hunt Plaza in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center this Friday for a fantastic way to begin your weekend! The concert is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and runs from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

MOTOWN DANCE PARTY plays Motown and Soul the way they were meant to be – a class act with professional musicians and first-rate singers; all performing with passion and dedication. Drummer Bill “Stix” Nicks was a member of Jr. Walker and the Allstars, recorded at the original Motown studio in Detroit and played at the famed Apollo Theater in New York and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. Bill has played with blues and jazz greats The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Fifth Dimension, Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Picket, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis Jr., and Pinetop Perkins.

Lunch will be available to purchase from downtown vendors The Morris Bistro, Papa John’s, and State Cafe … or bring a brown bag lunch, a chair or blanket and relax on the lawn. Since 2001, Fridays by the Fountain has attracted a wide audience to the plaza. Local business people, young families and senior citizens alike have come to enjoy the free concerts, outdoor dining opportunities & the restored fountain. Visit our website!
Location: Hunt Plaza at Morris Performing Arts Center, 211 N. Michigan Street, South Bend, IN