Pop Up Performance Series

Upcoming Performances - Classical Music Series

Roswell  Arts Fund is thrilled to present a monthly classical music series in partnership with The Roswell Music Club and Friends of Mimosa Hall and Gardens  at Mimosa Hall and Gardens (127 Bulloch Ave, Roswell GA 30075).

The Roswell Music Club is a neighborhood organization in Roswell, Georgia, dedicated to presenting extraordinary classical artists in intimate settings. More information: https://www.roswellmusicclub.com 

Friends of Mimosa Hall & Gardens is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to preserving Mimosa Hall and promoting its use for the community.  More information: https://www.friendsofmimosa.org/ 

The 2023 classical music series is supported, in part, by the following sponsors:

Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 3:30 pm

Joe Gransden and Kenny Banks

Award winning trumpeter and vocalist, Joe Gransden,is renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Gransden’s singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra.

Kenny Banks is an acclaimed jazz pianist, composer and arranger who slips effortlessly among musical styles while retaining his own distinct sound.

Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 3:30 pm

Stephen Mark Brown, Tenor

Internationally acclaimed American tenor, Stephen Mark Brown, developed his vocal technique and zest for acting under the famous operatic duo Nicola Rossi Lemeni and Virginia Zeani.  Never content with the status quo in opera, he has constantly pushed the bounds of repertoire and dramatic effect with his roles. The expert technique gained from his illustrious teachers, combined with his natural physical ease, has given him the opportunity to undertake a wide repertoire and catch the eye of the most important conductors, directors, and famous opera singers of the world.

About the Pop Up Performance Series

Imagine a space for music, theatre, and dance…a place where our community gathers to enjoy a favorite band or ballet production…a destination for entertainment, inspiration, and laughter… an opportunity to showcase emerging talent and bring world-class performances to our city.

The RAF Pop Up series is the first step towards building a permanent, premium performing arts venue in Roswell with the potential to complement our robust restaurant scene, increase tourism, embody our local pride, strengthen our brand, and activate our Modern Spirit. Southern Soul.

On behalf of the City of Roswell, Roswell Arts Fund completed a three-part Performance Space Feasibility Study and presented the final results to the City on May 14th, 2018

The findings of the study, led by Webb Management and DLR Group, showed the following:

  • Roswell’s unique location and character present a prime opportunity for a state-of-the-art, regionally distinct facility able to stand out and co-exhist with neighboring venues.
  • High levels of income and education in addition to diversity in age and race indicate a strong potential audience for traditional and non-traditional programming.
  • The potential programming could include regular performances by an in-house band or ensemble; local, regional, and national touring acts; and outside rentals.
  • Market demands for a performance space are high and yet there is a clear gap in available high-quality spaces in the area.

What Make A Pop In Experience Unique?

  • Diversity: Performances from a variety of genres and cultures

  • Creativity: Unique opportunities in each space for merged art experiences

  • Community: One of a kind living room concerts connecting you to the music, your neighbors and your surroundings

  • Collaboration: World class performers alongside incredible local artists

Highlights from Past Performances

  • In October 2021, we welcomed Jake Xerxes Fussell and band to our first concert under the stars at the Chattahoochee Nature Center.  This Pop Up also marked our first performance that was funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • The inaugural season of the RAF Pop Up Performance Series began with a standing room-only concert at the intimate Roswell Historic Cottage. 
  • Due to COVID-19, our plans changed but the show must go on and we quickly reimagined our events and transformed parking lots into safe, physically distant yet social spaces for artists and audiences.
  • 1400 concert-goers joined us for in-person concerts coming from Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Marietta, Smyrna, Decatur, and Atlanta.
  • Another 2100 households tuned in for our first-ever live stream concert early in 2020.
  • Headliners in 2020 included:  Ed Roland (of Collective Soul),  John Driskell Hopkins (of Zac Brown), Randall Bramblett Band, Acoustic Syndicate, Ruby Velle and Enrique Che (of Making Movies)

October 20, 2020: Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics

November 7, 2020: Acoustic Syndicate with Carly Burress

November 8, 2020: The Randall Bramblett Band