Excitement is building in southwest Atlanta over India Arie's upcoming performance at the all new Wolf Creek Amphitheater.
The venue will launch it's inaugural summer series with a free performance by the Grammy Award winning, neo-soul artist on Sat., June 4 at 6:30 p.m.
"India Arie is my favorite musicians and I am looking forward to seeing and hearing her performance live, on a stage, that’s right in my own neighborhood," said Sonya Walston, a Fulton County resident.
"The amphitheater," she said, "which sits hidden behind trees off Enon Road has been a well kept secret in South Fulton for several years." Walston said she quickly sent a text message out to all of her friends as soon as her homeowners association president notified residents of the available free tickets.
Fans of Arie took to the social media air waves to talk about the upcoming concert, too.
"I ♥ Fulton County! Grand Opening of Wolf Creek Amphitheater featuring India Arie will be a night to remember," said @Alicurls.Jordan via Twitter. @Tiffspeaks1971 said, "Can not wait to see India Arie this Saturday at the Grand Opening of the Wolf Creek Amphitheater!"
Sharon Glover and others chimed in on the Cascade Patch's comment board. "Luckily I got tickets at the Sandy Springs Library," Glover said. "They were all out at the Southwest Performing Arts Center when I went there. I can't wait!"
Reader Anthony Thompson was not able to get one of the coveted tickets. "Why didn't they advertise more? This is the first I have heard of this."
The event "sold out" a few days after the free tickets were announced by Fulton County.
Aieda McFarland, music enthusiast and Capital View resident believes that Arie's performance is the perfect fit for the amphitheater's first concert. "She represents a sound that is a perfect fit for our community," said McFarland. "This is just what southwest Atlanta needs.
Walston became nostalgic as she talked about Wolf Creek's past. "I can vividly recall attending a Whispers or Temptation concert a on the open lawn with my family and friends a few years back," Walston said.
"It was like having the Piedmont Jazzfest in my backyard," she added. "We picnicked on the field, with candle lights and cards, bopping our heads and swaying our hands to the rhythmic beats as our young kids played close by. I’ve missed having the summer concerts so close by and feel ecstatic about the possibility of more music and other cultural events returning to my community."
On the day of the concert, doors will open to the public at 5:00 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Residents are encouraged to check www.fultoncountyga.gov regularly for future concerts and events at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater.