An Observation and Analysis of the Social and Cultural Aspects of Community Music Events
On the first Friday of each month from July through October, the Wilson, North Carolina Human Relations Office organizes a free community concert, family entertainment and educational opportunities located on the lawn at the Wilson County Library. They use music and activities to bring together a diverse community (www.wilsonnc.org par.1). On July 2nd, 2010, Wilson’s 1st Friday on the Lawn began with a presentation of the Colors by a local Boy Scout Troop. They were followed by a local R&B band, a magic show, a clogging group, and a high energy dance band. There was a water mister and a giant inflatable obstacle course for the kids, as well as balloons. There were five different community organizations in attendance, providing educational opportunities and allowing the attendees to see what each organization had to offer the citizens of Wilson. Wilson City and County police, fire and rescue were all well-represented and mingled with the crowd, introducing themselves and answering questions. There were several food vendors in attendance and turkey legs, fried fish, and pizza were just a few of the options. Most of the concert goers brought lawn chairs or blankets with them so they could rest when they weren’t dancing on the grass or on the dance floor laid down on the lawn. Wilson’s 1st Fridays on the Lawn concert series utilizes the draw of the universal language of music to help to keep the channels of communication open between the various racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups within the city. (City of Wilson Human Relations Office pamphlet).
Music is one of the great pleasures of life. Making music is a human activity for, about, and open to all people (Knox par. 1). Cooperation from musicians, singers, and band members is required in order to present a harmonious performance. Cooperation and collaboration with the audience is required in order for...
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