RALEIGH – A free outdoor evening concert on the Capitol grounds will showcase North Carolina’s diverse music and dance traditions on Saturday, Aug.14. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. on the south plaza.
Visitors are encouraged to have some cash on hand, as there will be food, art, and CDs for sale during the 2nd Saturdays event. Throughout the evening, visitors can browse at the booths of local artists who will be selling their crafts around the stage area. The event is one of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (www.ncculture.com) 2nd Saturdays events this summer that bring together arts, history and authentic North Carolina culture.
The Little River Cloggers (www.littlerivercloggers.wordpress.com) of Rougemont will kick off the show with their lively performance style. The award-winning group of young cloggers specializes in the traditional dance of the Southern Appalachian Mountains .
The second performer, Obakunle Akinlana, is a storyteller from Charlotte who uses drums, shekeres and other African musical instruments to present fun and exciting traditional African folktales. Akinlana encourages audience participation and promises to draw even the shyest spectator out of his or her shell.
To close out the show, the Huckleberry Brothers (www.huckleberrybrothers.com) will show that even in the 21st century, the music of the Civil War is alive and well. The Huckleberry Brothers play traditional and popular music of mid-19th-century America in a way that is faithful to the original form. Their instruments are authentically reproduced in the designs and materials of the mid-1800s. Their instruments include the five-string banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, tin whistle, harmonicas, bones and tambourine.
The State Capitol’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history, architecture and functions of the 1840 building and Union Square . The State Capitol is at One E. Edenton Street , Raleigh , NC 27601 . Visit www.nchistoricsites.org/capitol/default.htm or call (919) 733-4994 for more information.
Administered by the Division of State Historic Sites, the State Capitol is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina ’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.