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SOUL IN THE CITY IS BACK! Victorian Quarter Cork
June Bank Holiday Weekend May 31st to Sunday June 2nd
With ‘Aretha Queen of Soul’ at The Everyman – Sunday June 2nd, 8pm
For the fourth year running, fast becoming an annual staple with Soul lovers, the ever-popular music festival ‘Soul in the City’ returns to the Victorian Quarter Cork this June Bank Holiday weekend.
Last year’s soul packed festival saw thousands of fans flocking to MacCurtain Street and it’s surrounds to enjoy great soul food and music. This year we can expect another fantastic weekend jammed with live bands, mouth-watering eats, fun and craic galore.
This June Bank Holiday weekend, the Victorian Quarter of Cork City will come alive with soul as some of the country’s best Soulful Brother’s and Sister’s return to various stages around the Victorian Quarter culminating in the Grand Finale, at The Everyman Theatre on Sunday 2nd.
Following Cork’s very own soul diva Karen Underwood’s consecutive sell-out concerts year on year at St Lukes, Karen now returns to The Everyman with an orchestra for Aretha Franklin Queen of Soul to celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin.
Karen Underwood is no stranger to Cork, having moved here over twenty years ago and has regularly played to sold out audiences in the city’s largest venues over the years. Karen’s move to Cork is an interesting one and it all began with bacon and cabbage! In 1997 a friend from Cork invited her to dinner, produced the traditional Irish fare and put an Aretha Franklin CD on the player. It was then Karen realised that her music had travelled across the Atlantic and that combined with a special Cork céadmílefáilte would change the course of her life. She has never looked back.
“If you want to clap and sway and tap and finger pop this show is for you. I was born to learn from the legend that is Aretha how to feel music and express music, unapologetically. I understand the schism of the artist to respect and love gospel music while living in a world that commands you to perform your music and your story more flamboyantly. It is truly an honour to return to The Everyman with this show Aretha Franklin Queen of Soul.” Karen Underwood
MacCurtain Street and its surrounding area, now known as the Victorian Quarter, has seen a surge and rejuvenation over the past number of years. The Quarter is characterized by an unusual and harmonious mix of architecture – from Victorian, early twentieth up to the present time. Strolling through the streets you will get a sense of Cork both past and present.
The area consists of many independent traders with varying sizes of businesses. A mix of small independent traders, big hotels, fine cafes, restaurants and lively bars. Joined together under the umbrella term the ‘MacCurtain Street Traders’ the mix of different emporiums provide something special when it comes to the food and beverage aspect of the festival Imagine a traditional fish‘n’chip shop serving you creole fish taco with chipotle sauce? Fancy a Louisiana style gumbo? Smothered Pork Chops with black-eyed peas and corn bread? A luxurious crimson cake synonymous with the American south or Mississippi Mud Pie? It doesn’t get more Southern than this and you don’t have to go to New Orleans to sample it!
This festival is an important contributing factor to Cork’s growing reputation as a great venue for music, food and beverage is. The city entered the 21st century with the growing reputation of a modern, accessible urban centre. This reputation was proven when the city was given the designation of European Capital of Culture back in 2005. Building on that accolade, the city has continued to actively develop support for culture in general.
The Victorian Quarter has continued this trend with its recent investment in hotel and hospitality sectors.
Local restaurants will be embracing the festivities by serving up delicious soul food. The origins of soul music is emotional, soul food eclectic in taste. This is what you can come to expect at Soul in the City around the MacCurtain St area on the June Bank Holiday weekend.
This year we hope to grow the ‘Soul food ‘side of the festival. Several talented chiefs from the Quarters many restaurants and eateries will be invited to prepare a ‘soul dish ‘of their choice. Each dish must incorporate the same key ingredients. There will be judges out and about to select the overall winner!
People are encouraged to come rejuvenate their soul on May 31st to June 2nd. From live performances throughout the Victorian Quarter to delicious soul food and drinks across many venues. Bring your body into the city and your Soul will be replenished! We cannot wait!