Celebrate the history of influential African American women through the beautiful voice of Vivian Hargett at the March African American Lecture Series honoring Women’s History Month. A native New Bernian and experienced recording artist, Hargett’s sound encompasses gospel, jazz, R&B, and much more. Hargett was the lead singer for the gospel group Sounds of the Pentecost, which opened for gospel greats like Shirley Caesar, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Dorothy Norwood, Fred Hammond and John P. Key. The Tryon Palace African American Lecture Series offers a free, new program on the third Thursday of each month. All performances begin at 7 p.m. in Cullman Performance Hall and are free with support from the Tryon Palace Foundation. Special hearing devices are available if needed. Contact Tryon Palace 48 hours in advance of the performance to make arrangements. Admission: FREE & Open to the Public
Cullman Performance Hall, North Carolina History Center
On the heels of her recent 2016 multi-city tour, rising alternative/pop artist Salina Solomon now readies once again to introduce her edgy and earthy style to audiences across the country with her 2017 “2020” tour to coincide with the release of her next EP project “2020.” A world-traveler with a growing international following, the New York-native brings to the stage her energetic and quirky personality while also showcasing her rich vocals and vibrant style. During her 2016 tour, Solomon performed to multiple sold-out crowds with over a hundred shows across the country, ranging from the waterfronts of Texas to New York City’s skyscrapers and even the stages of several infamous Nashville venues. A few of her iconic performances include Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Listening Room and Mercy Lounge along with New York’s Carnegie Hall, Leftfields NYC, and Pianos, to name a few. While promoting her music, Solomon has made various media appearances including with WBR-TV, WUSB 90.1, Radio AM, Hype Radio, ABC’s/CMT Nashville. Following the success of her first two EP albums, “TMI” and “Meet Me in London,” Solomon’s newest project, “2020,” is slated for a summer of 2017 release, much to fan anticipation. For more information, or to inquire about booking and interview opportunities, visit SalinaSolomon.com or send an email.
Every third Friday of the month, a member of the Tryon Palace historical interpretation or collections team will lead a lunch lecture about people, events, and trends in history that relate to New Bern. In honor of Women’s History Month, this month’s lecture will examine the history of women voting in the United States. This monthly brownbag lunch series will be held in the North Carolina History Center. Each Lunch and Learn will begin at noon and guests will meet in Mattocks Hall inside the North Carolina History Center. No food or beverage is provided. Admission; $6, free for Tryon Palace Foundation members
Gather your family and friends, get your green on, and join us for The Rotary Club of New Bern’s 2017 Sham-Rockin’ St. Patrick’s Celebration, Friday, March 17th! This year the event will be held at the beautiful North Carolina History Center, overlooking the Trent River. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the Sham-Rockin’ will continue until 10:00 pm. The Chelsea Restaurant will serve up the best corned beef and cabbage found in Eastern North Carolina. R.A. Jeffries, as our beverage sponsor will offer your favorite beer and wine. During dinner, listen to Irish music and after dinner, dance the night away to the popular band, Trainwreck! This event is a fundraiser for The Rotary Club of New Bern’s grant program. Past proceeds have assisted with funding iPads for the New Bern Boys’ and Girls’ Club, a security system for Habitat for Humanity, ReStore, and supported Carolina East’s Foundation’s Breakfast with Santa. Admission: Tickets include dinner and admission and are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. There will be a cash bar of beer, wine, sodas, and water. Tickets can be purchased at Mitchell’s Hardware, Halftime Pub, or the EventBrite page. Purchase a VIP Table for $350! This sponsor level receives 10 admission tickets and a table for 10 in the VIP area! Call Dave Baxter at 671-2377 to reserve your VIP table!
With almost non-stop song and dance, this Calypso-flavored musical tells the story of a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When he is returned to his people, the girl begins a quest that will test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and even death. March 17, 18, 24, 25 31 and April 1 at 7:30pm March 19 and 26 at 2:00pm Admission: Advance $14 plus tax, Door $16 plus tax, Students and Active Duty Military (with ID) $10 plus tax. Available online or through the box office.
The Annual ENC Live New Bern Home & Garden Show features over 80 local experts showcasing innovative new products and ideas, giving you the inspiration you need for that next home project. Five lucky attendees will each win $500 to be spent with the vendor of their choice! Admission: FREE & Open to the Public!
New Bern-Craven County Convention & VIsitor Center
Michael Tracy, MFA, Faculty Coordinator for the ECU GlasStation in Farmville, will present a public lecture on the history of glass and its uses as an artistic medium. His talk will focus primarily American studio glass movement, comparing and contrasting it with previous glass factories (such as that of Louis C. Tiffany), and touch on current trends in glass artistry. Michael Tracy was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA. He received his BFA from the University of Texas at Arlington and his MFA from Illinois State University. Michael is currently the glass blowing instructor for East Carolina University teaching at the GlasStation in Farmville, NC. Admission: FREE & Open to the Public
Cullman Performance Hall, North Carolina History Center
At the Gallery: 20th Century American Composers Carole King presented by Heather Pierson, Sean Nadeau and Davy Sturtevant As the world gets crazier, music can offer a lovely, romantic refuge. A new series paying tribute to American composers, the brainchild of Steve Kelly and Craven Arts Council & Gallery Executive Director Carol Tokarski, takes you back to quieter, more melodic times. Tickets are available at the Bank of the Arts and online. Carole King was a proficient pianist by the age of four, and a prolific songwriter by her early teens. Her first success arrived in 1960, when the Shirelles recorded “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” This began a seven-year string of chart-toppers, including “Take Good Care Of My Baby” (Bobby Vee), “Up On the Roof” (The Drifters), “The Loco-Motion” (Little Eva), “One Fine Day” (The Chiffons), “Go Away Little Girl” (Steve Lawrence), “Don’t Bring Me Down” (The Animals), “I’m Into Something Good” (Herman’s Hermits), “Pleasant Valley Sunday” (The Monkees) and “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman” (Aretha Franklin). In 1970, King released her first solo album, Writer. She followed that in 1971 withTapestry, which included the songs “You’ve Got a Friend (also recorded by James Taylor), “It’s Too Late,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” “So Far Away” and her renditions of “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” King won four Grammy Awards for Tapestry, the sales of which have been estimated at over 15 million copies worldwide. Admission: $15 for...
The Rocket (Laos | Australia, 2013) Determined to disprove the common belief that he brings bad luck to everyone around him, an outcast Laotian boy, Ahlo, builds a giant rocket with the intention of participating in the lucrative but very dangerous competition at The Rocket Festival. This Laos-set film balances crowd-pleasing fantasy with a rich sense of place. Australian director Kim Mordaunt was a former documentarian that spent a great deal of time in Laos, and the film benefits from someone so intimate with the country. The setting is one of tradition, natural beauty, superstition, corruption and class conflict. Ahlo is fiercely determined to fight the odds in a war-ravaged country and in so doing guides his family to safety and changes his future. Admission is FREE & Open to the Public! Donations are accepted and greatly appreciated. Film will be shown at 2:30pm and again at 7:30pm
Based on the hit film and true story, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Seeking fame and fortune, Frank Abignale, Jr., runs away from to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. Eventually Frank’s lies catch the attention of an FBI agent who pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes. May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7:30pm May 7 and 14 at 2:00pm Admission: $20 in advance, $22 at the door and $12 for Students/Active Duty Military Members.
Craven Arts Council & Gallery is proud to present the work of Gosia Tozja in the Main Gallery at the Bank of the Arts for the months of May and June. Gosia’s work examines a variety of subjects in her unique, impressionistic style.
Local musicians ARlin Tart, Andrew Maune and Miguel Delima have come together to form a high energy funk, soul, rock trio covering music from Stevie Wonder to Journey. Cover is $7. For more information, visit www.liveattcl.com.
During his four elected terms with the District Council, Washington, DC, Dr. Frank Smith, Ph.D., laid the groundwork for establishing a national memorial for African American troops who served in the Civil War. Fulfilling a lifelong dream to honor African Americans who fought for freedom as USCT, Dr. Smith oversaw the dedication of the African American Civil War Memorial in July 1998. At the May African American Lecture Dr. Smith will discuss the military service records of the United States Colored Troops that volunteered to serve with the Union during the Civil War. Though some African American units were raised and participated in the war prior to this, President Abraham Lincoln did not authorize the use of colored troops in combat until 1863, following the Emancipation Proclamation. The Bureau of Colored Troops was established by the United States War Department in May, 1863, and was responsible for recruiting African American soldiers to fight. About 175 regiments composed of 178,000 African-American troops served the Union in the final two years of the Civil War. The Tryon Palace African American Lecture Series offers a free, new program on the third Thursday of each month. All performances begin at 7 p.m. in Cullman Performance Hall and are free. Special hearing devices are available if requests are made 48 hours in advance of the performance. Admission: FREE & Open to the Public!
Cullman Performance Hall, North Carolina History Center
Take a look at the history and tradition of teas and tea service during the May Lunch and Learn lecture. This monthly brownbag lunch series will be held in the North Carolina History Center. Each Lunch and Learn will begin at noon and guests will meet in Mattocks Hall inside the North Carolina History Center. No food or beverage is provided. Admission: $6 per person, free for Tryon Palace Foundation members
An “energetic and exciting band with talent to burn!” according to Maverick Magazine UK, Sultans of String thrill audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz and Middle Eastern rhythms. Fiery fiddle dances with kinetic guitar, while percussive footwork lay down unstoppable grooves. The band’s 5- string violinist, Chris McKhool, met guitarist Kevin Lalibert just as Kevin was coming off the road from touring around the world. When McKhool first heard Lalibert’s rumba rhythm, their musical synergy created Sultan’s of String’s signature sound “the intimate and playful relationship between violin and guitar.” “A Place To Call Home” and “Journey To Freedom” are sure to entertain our audience. Admission: General Admission: $16 Active Duty Military & Down East Folk Arts Society Members: $13 Full-Time Students: $10 Doors will open 1 hour prior to show. Tickets are available via Pay Pal at the website link below or by calling or texting (252) 646-4657. Tickets will also be available at Trent River Coffee Company and at the Bank of the Arts in Historic Downtown New Bern. Prices listed do not include NC Sales Tax.
Trent River Coffee Company in Historic Downtown New Bern
Each month LIVE! @ The City Laundry brings together some of the best pro jazz players in our area. This month Jazz Trombone player Chris Schott has assembled some very talented Cherry Point Marines to bring you the Hot House Quintet! The band will be swinging from 8pm -11pm. Admission: $8.00 cover Charge
Old boats have a beauty and sound all their own. Take a trip back in time and check out these much-loved craft. Layers of varnish creating a mirror finish, throaty engines, unique features not found on today’s boats are the order of the day. Who knows you might even be invited for a ride! While not yet confirmed, we hope to have some surprises for the attendees. If your a fan of good-looking boats, you are not going to want to miss this show! Ahoy mates! See ‘ya there! Admission: Free to the viewing public. Fee to display boat or to have a booth at the event.
At the Gallery: 20th Century American Composers Lerner and Loewe performed by Mollye Otis, Michael Vetrano and Erin Stowe As the world gets crazier, music can offer a lovely, romantic refuge. A new series paying tribute to American composers, the brainchild of Steve Kelly and Craven Arts Council & Gallery Executive Director Carol Tokarski, takes you back to quieter, more melodic times. Tickets are available at the Bank of the Arts and online. Alan Jay Lerner attended the Juilliard School of Music, and then graduated from Harvard College, where Leonard Bernstein was a contemporary. By age 15, Frederick “Fritz” Loewe was getting considerable attention as a promising young piano virtuoso. He did not meet with musical success until he met Alan Jay Lerner, seventeen years his junior; and from that time Loewe worked with only Lerner. From the start of their partnership, Lerner wrote the books of the shows as well as the lyrics; and Loewe wrote the music. Lerner and Loewe wrote such musical classics as “Brigadoon,” “My Fair Lady” and “Camelot,” as well as the film “Gigi.” Excerpts from their catalogue include “Almost Like Being In Love,” “They Call the Wind Mariah,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On The Street Where You Live,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face,” “I Remember It Well” and “Camelot.” Admission: $15 for Craven Arts Council Members, $20 for Nonmembers Visit www.cravenarts.org/membership.html or call (252) 638-2577 for membership information. All tickets purchased online can be picked up at the Bank of the...
Tryon Palace’s African American Heritage Tour explores the history and heritage of more than 20 historic locations around downtown New Bern. New Bern served as a haven for many African Americans during the early stages of the Civil War after Union forces occupied New Bern in 1862. The city’s African American population was the majority population in the area from 1800 to the 1930s. Conditions like this allowed the African American community to thrive in New Bern. Many of the city’s houses and public buildings were built by African American craftsmen, while the city was also home to some of the oldest African American congregations in the Southeast. The Tryon Palace African American Heritage Tour will be offered March to November on the third Sunday of each month. Tours begin at the Waystation, located on the corner of George and Pollock streets, at 2 p.m. Tickets are included with the purchase of a One Day Pass, or may be purchased separately. Admission is free for Tryon Palace Foundation members. Admission: $6 adults, $3 youth; included with One Day Pass
Chef’s Feast at Tryon Palace will showcase an array of local, signature dishes. This food tasting event is a collaboration of the Food Bank CENC at Greenville and New Bern and several of the area’s most celebrated chefs. In attendance will be special guest Chef Vivian Howard, owner of Kinston-based Chef & the Farmer, James Beard semi-finalist, and host of PBS cooking series “A Chef’s Life.” Beyond the array of food, guests can: enjoy an open bar participate in an auction that includes food-themed items enjoy the ample outdoor terraces with live music meet renowned chefs as they serve up their signature dishes Admission: Sold out! Thanks for your support! Proceeds benefit the more than 207,000 people living with food insecurity in the Greenville and New Bern Branch service areas. Formal dress not required. Business casual attire is appropriate for this event.
A musical tribute to 70s icons James Taylor and Carly Simon. The concert will include performances of favorites such as Taylor’s Fire and Rain, and Carolina on my mind along with Simon’s collection of works including You’re So Vain, and Anticipation. The evening will include an All Star line up of local musicians and singers, including appearances by Patrick Bliss, Dora Bullock, Andrea Owens and John Van Dyke. Showtime 8:00pm Admission: Tickets $15.00
Help us celebrate the 150th birthday of Caleb Bradham, the inventor of Pepsi-Cola! Visit The Birthplace of Pepsi for some birthday cake and nickel Caleb’s Kola, while the Visitor Center will have some special treats and Pepsi products to enjoy!
In honor of those who served our country over the years, and those who still do, Tryon Palace will offer free admission to all active duty and military veterans with the presentation of their military ID or proof of service on Memorial Day. Discounted admission will be given to their accompanying family members. Admission: Free admission to all active/veteran military with proof of service
Smooth jazz saxophonist David Robinson provides the perfect sound for a cozy night out. Thursdays are supper club nights, enjoy a delicious meal, check out our selection of beers or sip on a glass of wine! Admission: No Cover Charge!
https://www.facebook.com/TryonPalace/videos/10155562036589063/ “Colonial Market Days” brings a new outdoor festival to Tryon Palace that celebrates the cultures and people that colonized North Carolina. Held in the spirit of a traditional renaissance fair, “Colonial Market Days” celebrates the period of 1660-1720 with a lively outdoor market, encampments, and multiple performance stages that will come to life with a variety of entertainers, including musicians, puppet shows, magic shows, singing, dancing, and theatre. Also enjoy performances by the Tryon Palace Fife and Drum Corps and Jonkonnu Troupe. The fair will also include a wide range of children’s activities like pony rides, a petting zoo, and activities and crafts. Food vendors, historical goods, and crafts vendors will be available. Featured on the Tryon Palace South Lawn will be cultural areas representing the early inhabitants and settlers of what would become North Carolina. Also meet with pirates and privateers to learn about life on the sea. Admission: Adults: $20 + tax; Youth (ages 7 through 18): $10 + tax Foundation Member Adult: $18 + tax; Foundation Member Youth (ages 7 through 18): $8 + tax Preschool (ages and under): Free