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Popular arts organization to offer a 'triple play' of fun, funk and fireworks as part of the Orioles' 'Arts in the Ballpark' series

SARASOTA, FL – The hits will keep on coming as Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe partners with the Baltimore Orioles to present the '70s Soul Party at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday, May 18, 2019, 8-10 p.m. The event, which will feature WBTT's “All-Star” artists and sizzling band performing the chart-topping soul hits of the 1970s, is part of the Orioles' "Arts in the Ballpark" series.

The '70s Soul Party will feature nearly two hours of music – under the direction of WBTT founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs – with child- and adult-friendly beverages and food available for purchase. The concert will conclude with a fireworks display.

The Orioles host "Arts in the Ballpark," featuring family-friendly arts and entertainment events for the public at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. With a variety of free and low-cost offerings featuring concerts and more, the events appeal to a wide range of tastes and interests.

"The Westcoast Black Theatre is a much more intimate setting so this concert will be very special for our artists and supporters," said WBTT executive director Julie Leach. "With our theater closing for renovations until our 20th season opens in the fall, this is the perfect opportunity for area families to enjoy an affordable, fun- and music-filled evening together!"

“The Orioles are thrilled to welcome Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and its many fans for WBTT’s first performance at Ed Smith Stadium,” added David Rovine, vice president of Orioles-Sarasota. “This will be a terrific evening of entertainment in our unique ballpark setting. ‘Arts in the Ballpark’ is all about offering families a variety of arts and entertainment events, including many that showcase Sarasota area nonprofit organizations like WBTT.”

At present, WBTT is seeking corporate sponsors to help underwrite the event, which benefits the organization's artistic and education outreach programs. Tickets at family-friendly prices will go on sale to the public on January 29, 2019, through the Baltimore Orioles. Box office: 2700 12th St, Sarasota. Phone orders: (941) 893-6300. Online purchases at the Orioles website:

For more about WBTT, go to or call (941) 366-1505.

About Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe:

The mission of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is to produce professional theatre that promotes and celebrates the African-American experience, to attract diverse audiences, to support and develop African-American artists, and to build the self-esteem of African-American youth. For more information about WBTT, visit the website at or call (941) 366-1505.

About 'Arts in the Ballpark':

The Orioles' "Arts in the Ballpark" is a series of arts and entertainment events for the public at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. With free and low-cost offerings featuring family-friendly concerts and hands-on activities, the series appeals to a wide range of tastes and interests. More information is available