Free Plaza Concert Again Saturday
Latin jazz and contemporary country rock are the free concerts that will be held on Douglasville’s O’Neal Plaza the rest of September.
The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County is pleased to present its annual Fall Concerts on the Plaza at the O'Neal Plaza in historic downtown Douglasville on Saturday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept. 22. All evening performances begin at 7 p.m. This week features Latin Jazz by Count M'Butu’s Orchestra featuring Graciela Lopez, and next week features contemporary country rock PARIS LUNA. Supported by the City of Douglasville and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, these special outdoor events are free and open to the general public. Ample free parking is available near O’Neal Plaza. Listeners are reminded to bring their own seating.
This week presents Count M'Butu’s Orchestra with Argentinian- born vocalist Graciela Lopez. In the late eighties, the Count met and worked with local underground legend Colonel Bruce Hampton, and other well-known musicians like the infamous Frank Zappa and Chuck Leavell of Allman Brothers Band fame. The first time Hampton met the Count, he proclaimed that he would be called Count M’Butu.
Five years of the Count’s career were dedicated to recording and touring with the Colonel and his avant-garde Aquarium Rescue Unit. The band played in front of thousands of fans all over the U.S. and was a staple on The HORDE Tour, along with bands like Blues Traveler and The Spin Doctors. They garnered critical acclaim from their peers and critics alike. In 1995, the band broke-up and the Count pursued a solo career. During this time the Count was recording for Warner/Capricorn Records. He, along with Graciela Lopez and Harry Case, began working on the making of SEE THE SUN. The album is a variety of melodious jazz rhythms that include a unique and inventive fusion of African and Latin sounds.