Downtown New Bern comes alive with Musicians: March 18 – 20th

Down East Folk Arts Festival
We enjoyed our interview with Steve Kelly with the Down East Folk Arts Society to learn more about the upcoming Festival in New Bern. It’s being aired on New Bern’s News Talk Radio WNOS 107.5 and 1450AM. Listen to our interview here:

Friday, March 18

4:00pm at Christ Episcopal Church Harrison Center:

– Photographic portraits by Tim Barnwell, author of Hands in Harmony. Meet the author and book signing.

– Artwork on display from Craven Arts Council and Gallery.

– Display of some of the equipment from the workshop of David Rhodes, luthier (wooden instrument maker and repairer) at Fuller’s Music.

4:00pm at The Bank of the Arts:

– Books and photos on sale, Art exhibit, and musician playing in the gallery.

7:00pm at the Doubletree-Hilton Ballroom, (ticketed event)

– The Unknown Tongues Cajun and Zydeco Band.

– Dom Flemons, one of the founding members of Carolina Chocolate Drops.

– Wine and beer bar with a couple snacks for purchase before the concerts and during the intermissions.

Saturday, March 19

10:00am ‘til 5pm at The Bank of the Arts

– 10:30am ‘til noon or so, Blues Finger-picking Guitar Workshop led by Durham blues man Jon Shain. Bring your guitar and add to your guitar-playing techniques. (Admission is $10.)

– Books and photos for sale; Art exhibit, and musician playing in the gallery

Noon at Christ Episcopal Church Harrison Center

– Meet Tim Barnwell and view the display of his photo portraits of influential traditional musicians and artisans.

– Artwork on display from Craven Arts Council and Gallery.

– David Rhodes of Fuller’s Music will demonstrate the equipment and materials he uses to build or repair your guitar, and you will get an opportunity to participate!

– Build a diddley bow: a 1-stringed cigar box guitar with all the material you’ll need and ready for you to complete your project.

3:45pm at Christ Episcopal Church Harrison Center

– Meet Pat Pertalion and Bill and Libby Hicks. Learn how to do basic Contra Dance moves.

– After the 15-minute teaching session, dancing from 4 – 6pm.

6:10pm at First Baptist Church Garden

– Join Tryon Palace’s Jonkonnu troupe for a drumming circle. Bring your drum, your tambourine, or other percussion instrument and drum or strum together as the Jonkonnu troupe leads you in a celebration of rhythm and movement.

7:00pm at the Doubletree-Hilton Ballroom, (ticketed event)

– 4Everall, contemporary and playful Bluegrass.

– Lightnin’ Wells, Lauren Sheehan, Zoe Carpenter, and Jon Shain take the stage.

Sunday, March 20

2:00pm (doors open at 1:00pm) at the Doubletree-Hilton Ballroom (ticketed event)

– Coyote – Marcy Brenner and Lou Castro back by popular demand and it’s a lead in to a festival finale.

– Jacob Johnson’s guitar work is almost athletic and then maybe we can get Lou and Jacob to try to top each other in a good-natured guitar smack-down between these 2 friends.

Visit DownEastFolkArtsSociety.org/online.html for more information.

A weekend of amazing acoustic music, art and dance in the heart of New Bern’s charming and historic district has been created by the Down East Folk Arts Society!

The Unknown Tongues and Don Flemons kick off the concerts Friday night.

Saturday night 4Everall will start things off. And then Lightnin’ Wells, Lauren Sheehan, Zoe Carpenter and Jon Shain will share the same stage. We’re talkin’ music magic. On stage, in New Bern!

Sunday’s festival finale is amazing with Marcy Brenner and Lou Castro of Coyote. And yes there’s more. Jacob Johnson on guitar will make you beg for” just one more”!

There are fun activities scheduled for singles, couples, and families throughout the weekend as well.

Christ Episcopal Church Harrison Center will host a photo/art exhibit, displays, demonstrations, meet the artist, book signing and a Contra Dance (with lessons).

The Bank of the Arts will feature a workshop led by Jon Shain (Admission is $10), books and photos for sale, art exhibit and music.

Saturday evening join a drumming circle in the First Baptist Church Garden!

Ticket Information – Doubletree, New Bern

18th Concert $20; 19th Concert $20; 20th Concert $20; 18th and 19th Concerts $35; 19th & 20th Concerts $35; 18th & 20th Concerts $35; 18th, 19th & 20th Concerts $50; and Sponsorships $250

Festival tickets are available at the Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle Street, New Bern. On line via PayPal or call us at 252-646-4657.

Submitted by: Evelyn Richards, Down East Folk Arts Society

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