Free Concerts Slated in Rocky Mount and Goldsboro

Raleigh, N.C. (April 15, 2019) — The North Carolina Arts Council and partners in Rocky Mount and Goldsboro will present free concerts that celebrate Eastern North Carolina’s rich African American musical heritage this spring.
 
Eastern North Carolinians are among the transformative figures in the history of jazz, gospel and popular music and this legacy was documented in the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina, a guidebook to eight eastern counties. To continue to shine the light on African American musicians six free concerts have been funded through a cultural tourism program of the N.C. Arts Council to support concerts at the Rocky Mount Mills and the Arts Council of Wayne County.
 
Dates and details:

Rocky Mount

Friday, April 26, 7 to 9 p.m.
Jazz at the Mills, Project of the African American Music Trails
Rocky Mount Mills
115 Falls Road, Rocky Mount, N.C.  
Join the John Brown Little Big Band for Jazz at the Mills from 7 to 9 p.m. inside the Powerhouse for this powerful 11-piece band that has a BIG sound!
 
Friday, May 17, 7 to 9 p.m.
Get Funky, Project of the African American Music Trails
Rocky Mount Mills
115 Falls Road, Rocky Mount, N.C.
Get Funky at the Mills with the Groove Shop Band. Grounded in the heart of funk and rhythm and blues, this 13-piece band features a horn section, rhythm section and singers and a repertoire that will have you on your feet. Bring a picnic, and your lawn chairs or stop by a food truck, starting at 5:30 p.m. when the opening act kicks-off, followed by the concert at 7 p.m.
 
Saturday, June 1, 7 to 9 p.m.
Jazz, Funk, Rhythm & Blues
115 Falls Road, Rocky Mount, N.C.
Join Eric Xavier, a saxophonist from the region, along with other musicians from the surrounding region for an evening that truly showcases the different styles of music rooted in Eastern North Carolina: jazz, funk, rhythm and blues.Enjoy the new Smoke Stack Garden. Bring your lawn chair, blanket, family and friends. Pick up a picnic dinner from one of the restaurants on campus and grab a drink from one of the local breweries or the bottle shop.

Goldsboro

Friday, April 26, 7 to 9 p.m.
Wayne County Jazz Showcase along the African American Music Trails featuring Clarence Palmer
The Firehouse
109 E. Ash Street, Goldsboro, N.C.
 
Sunday, May 5, 3 to 5 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo Concert at Herman Park
900 Park Ave, Goldsboro, N.C.
Grab your friends, chairs or blankets and enjoy a lively afternoon of Salsa music with the Conjunto Breve band.  The group will delight you with the sounds of Latin American music.  Bring your dancing shoes!
 
Friday, May 31, 7 p.m.
Wayne County Jazz Showcase along the African American Music Trails
102 N John St, Goldsboro, N.C.
Stephen Riley (Tenor Saxophonist) was born in Greenville and he started playing violin with his older bother Jonathan at the age of four but transitioned to the tenor saxophone after college when he moved to New York City to launch his career as a jazz artist. He’s played, toured and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Ray Charles, Harry Connick Jr., and Marcus Roberts, just to name a few. He has recorded 10 critically acclaimed albums.

 

About the African American Music Trails of North Carolina

Eastern North Carolina has produced some of the most transformative figures in the history of jazz, gospel, and popular music. Rocky Mount celebrates the birthplace of internationally renowned jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, and Greenville holds a festival to honor jazz artist Billy Taylor. Little Eva’s number one hit Loco-Motion helped put Kinston on the map as did five members of James Brown’s renowned band, who were from Kinston. Asheville-born Roberta Flack began her career teaching music in Wilson and singing with the jazz band The Monitors, which was formed by Bill Myers, a professional R&B and jazz musician, who had a long career as a music teacher, principal, and assistant principal in the region. Reverend F. C. Barnes was inspired to compose Rough Side of the Mountain on eastern North Carolina roads. The abundance of African American music and its musicians is one of the state’s best-kept secrets. Funk, blues, jazz, and gospel in Kinston, Tarboro, Wilson and everywhere in between. http://www.africanamericanmusicnc.com/

 

About The North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s long-standing love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education. www.NCArts.org