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Community Council for the Arts
Promoting the Arts:  Special Event -- Concerts

Friday, June 1, 2018
One Event: Three Ways to Celebrate

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Community Council for the Arts
400 N. Queen Street, Kinston
Free & Open to the Public

A Photographic Journey Celebrating the African American Music Trail
6:30 p.m.
Stroll down Queen Street in downtown Kinston to view the storefront display of more than 40 photographs that celebrate the music and musicians featured in the African American Music Trail project.
Free & Open to the Public

African American Music Trails All-Star Concert
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Kinston Music Park
Spring Hill and South Queen Streets, Kinston
Free & Open to the Public

Bring a picnic and a lawn chair for an evening of music.Passing on the Legacy is an African American Music Trails tribute concert. The free concert features an 11-piece band that will play funk, R&B, soul and blues music. Musicians from Lenoir, Nash, Pitt and Wayne counties – all part of the African American Music Trails – will perform at the concert. Featured performers include Lenoir County’s Dick Knight, a professional multi-instrumental musician. The recipient of a 2018 North Carolina Heritage Award, Knight played with James Brown, Otis Redding, Dionne Warwick, and Gladys Knight. He was also a long-time band director in Kinston public schools. Joining him on stage will be Eric Dawson, a saxophonist born in Kinston, his father Edward Dawson, longtime host of local Kinston jam sessions, and Clemmie Lee “Fig” Jones, an R&B and rock and roll drummer from Pink Hill.

The concert is part of a community celebration, which also includes a reception and a storefront display of more than 40 photographs in downtown Kinston that showcase musical pioneers from Kinston and several surrounding counties including Jones, Wilson, and Wayne. For decades, musicians from Kinston and the surrounding region have shaped the development of different styles of American music: jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel music. Kinston is often referred to as the birthplace of funk because five members of the legendary James Brown Band were from Kinston. The storefront exhibition pays tribute to these musical pioneers. Archival posters and photographs that feature musicians from Kinston and surrounding eastern North Carolina counties illuminate the region’s rich African American music legacy. The exhibition will be on view now through the end of the year.

Hosted by  Community Council for the Arts ,   Smart Kinston City Project Foundation and North Carolina Arts Council