To commemorate the first anniversary of City Springs, the city of Sandy Springs last month announced it is launching its public art program along with a free weekly concert series. In less than a year, City Springs is successfully establishing itself as the heart of downtown Sandy Springs.

TGIF will be something to sing about when City Springs Live takes the stage on the City Green in Sandy Springs. This free concert series will fill many Friday nights this spring and summer with music spanning a variety of genres. The first concert celebrates Memorial Day weekend with some red, white and bluegrass courtesy of the Steep Canyon Rangers. Known for touring with comedian/actor/banjoist Steve Martin, the Rangers are just one of the nationally known acts slated for the series. While this is a free concert series and attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs, there will be a limited number of reserved tables available for purchase. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m.

For a complete list of bands and dates, please visit www.citysprings.com.

Arts in the Open

Art and music go together like wine and cheese and to add to the kickoff of the City Green Live series, Art Sandy Springs and the city will debut Arts in the Open, a sculpture gallery in the park. Arts in the Open, one of the city’s public art initiatives, is a new public sculpture competition created specifically to bring fine art to the parks and public spaces throughout the city and to enhance the $229 million, 14-acre City Springs complex that opened in May 2018. The theme for this year’s sculpture competition is: “Inspired. By Nature.” There were 135 submissions with nine finalists chosen.

“Artists are inspired by their very nature to be creative and innovative. Likewise, the city of Sandy Springs is inspired to innovate and lead the way in support of the arts,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said in a news release.

The unveiling of the nine sculptures will take place just prior to the first City Green Live concert May 24.

City Green Live is funded in part through a grant from the Sandy Springs Arts Foundation.

For more information, visit www.ssarts.org.

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