aamt-cover February 6 – March 3
The African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina exhibit will open February 6, 2017 at the African American Cultural Center (AACC) at NC State University and will run through March 3, 2017. The AACC gallery located on the 2nd floor of Witherspoon Student Center is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. with a lecture by Darrell Stover, Africana Studies professor and consultant to the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina project.
African American Cultural Center
355 Witherspoon Student Center
Raleigh, NC 27695
Phone: 919-515-5210
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May 5 – May 31
The Arts of the Pamlico at the Historic Turnage Theatre in downtown Washington, NC will host the state-touring African American Heritage Music Trail exhibit during the month of May. The exhibit will be available to the public in the Turnage Gallery at no charge from May 5 through May 31 daily. Exhibit hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. and during evening performances for the month of May. The exhibit opens with a reception on May 4 at 5:30 p.m. for members, artists and invited guests of the hosts, Arts of the Pamlico and the Washington Waterfront Underground Railroad Museum. The reception will include light refreshments and music by singer Carolyn Myers.
Arts of the Pamlico
Turnage Theatre
150 West Main Street
Washington, NC 27889
Phone: 252-946-2504
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May 12
The African American Music Series at Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge on Friday, May 12 will feature musical guest Marcus Parker and a presentation about his father, Melvin Parker. Marcus combines his experience from playing in church and directing choirs, drum lines and marching bands to preach the funk gospel. The first set begins at 7 p.m. with a second set at 8:30 p.m.
Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge
404 South Evans Street
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-551-6947
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May 19 & June 16
The Wayne County Jazz Showcase presented by PNC at the Arts Council of Wayne County in Goldsboro will feature Mitch Butler on Friday, May 19 and Brian Horton, saxophonist and jazz educator out of Kinston, on Friday, June 16. Both shows are from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and are free to the public.
Arts Council of Wayne County
102 North Jones Street
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: 919-736-3300
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May 26 – May 27
Kinston’s 2nd Annual Funk Festival: A Heritage Celebration

May 26
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Guided tours of “Hey America: Eastern North Carolina and the Birth of Funk” exhibit in the “Pirate Room” at Adkin High School Complex on 1216 Tower Hill Road. See a mural of the original Rosenwald High School and portraits of faculty members. Receive first-hand information about the 1952 peaceful walkout by AHS students to protest educational inequality. This historic event is referenced in the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
5 to 8 p.m.
“Main Stage Talent Showcase” in the Kinston Music Park: A Celebration of African American Musical Heritage at the corner of Spring Hill and South Queen Streets. Tour the park and relax on a bench or bring your own chair. Sit back and enjoy music, refreshments and fellowship.

May 27
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Marketplace Festival” on the campus of Adkin High School showcasing vendors, exhibitors, emergency and public safety vehicles, and more. To register as a participant, call 252-523-9134 before May 10.
6 to 11 p.m.
“Heritage Funk Festival” in the Adkin High School Gymnasium featuring a tribute to Dick Knight; music by Tyrone Jefferson and A Sign of the Times; and special appearances by Milton Bullock (lead singer of the Original Platters), Lafeyette Jones and Ashlee Altise. Recognition of contributors to the development of the funk genre. Enjoy presentations, dancing and catered food.

Tickets for admission to the Saturday, May 27 evening event are $30 each. A table which seats 8 may be reserved for $250. Call 252-523-9134 for ticket information.

May 28
The Jones County Arts Council will present A Gospel Stop on the African American Music Trail on Sunday, May 28 at 6 p.m. at the Jones County Civic Center in Trenton, NC. The event is free to the public and will feature Maurice Yancey and One Accord, the Morgan Gospel Singers, Clay Johnson and Unity, Marvin Bobbit and the Rising Sons, plus performers from Jones County – The Loftin Family, Donnie Bryant and the Spiritualaires, Sister Act, and Melissa Richardson. Food will be available for purchase, sold by the Jones County Lions Club. For more information, call the numbers listed below.
Jones County Civic Center
832 Highway 58 South
Trenton, NC 28585
Phone: 252-670-7093 (Beverly Hines) or 252-670-3946 (Sylvia Ervin)

June 6 – August 31
Portraits from the African American Music Trails of North Carolina will be on display at Delta Arts Center in the Simona Atkins Allen Gallery from June 6 through August 31. Tours of the exhibition can be arranged by calling the Center. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery is closed every third Saturday of the month. African American Music Trails of North Carolina will open on Thursday, June 8 at 6 p.m. with the Deep Roots Community Concert kick-off on the grounds at Delta Arts Center. Bring your lawn chairs, and enjoy live music to kick-off this incredible exhibition. The event is free and open to the public.
Delta Arts Center
2611 New Walkertown Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: 336-722-2625
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August 3
On Thursday, August 3, Delta Arts Center will host their bi-annual, signature Late Night Blues Dinner during the 2017 National Black Theatre Festival from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. The festive evening features live music, dinner and dancing in a gallery setting surrounded by the African American Music Trails exhibit at Delta Arts Center. This is a ticketed event. The proceeds from the evening benefit Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts Inc.’s year-round exhibitions and mission-driven educational programming. Tickets go on sale in June and are available for purchase online at or in person at Delta Arts Center.
Delta Arts Center
2611 New Walkertown Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: 336-722-2625
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August 17
Community Council for the Arts in Kinston will present Dick Knight, Bill Myers and others in the Kinston Music Park: A Celebration of African American Musical Heritage on Thursday, August 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This performance is in conjunction with the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours and is free to the public.
Kinston Music Park
Corner of Spring Hill & South Queen Streets
Kinston, NC 28501
Phone: 252-527-2517 (Community Council for the Arts)