African American music series comes to Greenville

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – An African American Music Series is coming to Greenville this fall and winter.

The African American Music Series is a monthly music series happening the second Friday of each month, celebrating the rich heritage of African American musicians.

This will begin on at Emerge Gallery in Uptown Greenville on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 7-10pm, with the first set beginning at 7PM and the second set beginning at 8:30PM.

Emerge Gallery & Art Center, Home of the Pitt County Arts Council, is located at 404 S. Evans Street, Greenville, NC 27858. This is a free event and open to the public.

Carroll Dashiell, Jr. is the artistic director for the Music Series, and will be coordinating the house band and each month there will be a special guest artist. The following artists and dates have been confirmed:

Fri. September 9: Carroll V. Dashiell featuring Rochelle Rice and House Combo

Fri. October 14: Melvin Parker and Marcus Parker with CVD and House Combo

Fri. November 11: Christie Dashiell and the CDQ (CD Release Performance for NC)

No December Performance

January 13: Vaughn Ambrose and Mitch Butler with CVD and House Combo

The African American Music Series is sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council, the Greenville-Pitt Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge.

The music series is part of the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina, a project of the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources and the counties of Edgecombe, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, Wayne and Wilson. Click here to visit its website. www.AfricanAmericanMusicNC.com.

The project highlights the influence of African American musicians on many genres of American music.

“It is important to the Arts Council that we highlight the amazing talent and experience of African American musicians that have ties to eastern North Carolina. This will be a relaxed format so participants can come and listen to a set, but also be able to mingle and socialize,” said Holly Garriott, Exective Director of Emerge Gallery & Art Center, Home of the Pitt County Arts Council.

African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina is a project of the N.C. Arts Council’s cultural tourism program. An early leader in cultural tourism, the agency has developed trails to brand the state as a place that sustains unique and significant arts resources. Other trails feature literature, music, North Carolina craft, and Cherokee heritage.

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