Music a longstanding tradition

Published 8:08 pm Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Looking for arts and cultural close to home? The Arts of the Pamlico is a non-profit organization and the state-designated regional arts council for Beaufort and Washington counties, serving eastern North Carolina and beyond.

Music has a longstanding acceptance and appreciation in Beaufort County. From country and traditional to rock, hip hop and gospel, virtually every genre of music can be heard and appreciated throughout our county.

Rock the Pamlico is a group of musicians who strive to bring together fans of classic rock and rhythm and blues in a celebration of music. The group will host a concert this Friday at the historic Turnage Theatre, located in downtown Washington, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10. The show’s lineup includes opening acts: CC&T (an acoustic duo), Afreyed Knot (electric rock ‘n’ roll), and headliner Duane Haddock (country, classic rock and more).

RTP meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month and one Saturday afternoon each month for jams. The group is welcoming to anyone with interest in music and has membership from the youngest of fans to the young at heart.

The group welcomes the chance to teach youth musicianship, how to handle equipment, organize concerts and various other skills which could prove useful to budding young musicians. RTP has sponsored several events at the Turnage Theatre, such as a concerts promoting local musicians within the group, Veterans Day concerts, a showing of the documentary concert, Roger Waters’ “The Wall,” and an upcoming Beatles evening Sept. 28, that begins with a live Beatles music tributes before a showing of the film “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Follow Rock the Pamlico on their Facebook page for these and other exciting events.

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Debra Torrence is the executive director of Arts of the Pamlico; Crystal Holman, AOP’s weekend coordinator.