Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2012 11:29 pm

The first performance of the Bandshell Concert Series in Reading is Friday, July 13.

Four free summer concert series are set from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday evenings in the Memorial Bandshell in City Park.

The 2012 season — the series’ 22nd anniversary — has a lineup that gives music-lovers an opportunity to enjoy and explore authentic sounds from across the country and around the globe in a unique and beautiful setting.

July 20

Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa bring traditional and modern sounds from across the globe. Orchestra Africa’s music dubbed as “AFRIJAM Music” arises from old traditional Africa juxtaposed with modern influences – high technology, advanced communications and international travel in a global market.

Afrijam is a unique new music created from a fusion of Nigerian music styles – Highlife, Afrobeat and traditional Yoruba music with rock, pop, and jazz.

Foyeh’s orchestra is a mix of Western and African instruments. The guitar, bass, keyboards, and trap-set drums are used stylistically to create and interpret African melodies and rhythms crisscrossing with African drums like the Yoruba talking drums (gangan), and Bata drums; other African percussive instruments like sakara and cowbell are used to create an interlocking and highly charged polyrhythmic sound meant to “bring joy to the heart; happiness to the soul; and dance to the feet.”