Join the American Independence Museum for a new and exciting event! As part of our re-imagined American Independence Festival, we are hosting a socially distanced fall concert series on the lawn of Folsom Tavern. Bring your blanket and your lawn chairs and hear music by amazing local musicians from the NH State Council on the Arts traditional artists roster. They will share their music and a bit of history during these fun Saturday afternoon concerts.
Our second concert in this series features the award winning Theo Martey and the Akwaaba Ensemble. Master percussionist, dancer, and teacher, Theophilus Nii Martey is originally from Ghana, West Africa and now resides in Manchester, NH. Theo is a master of West African drumming and dance, a heritage that has many subtle variations in rhythmic patterns, dance styles, and costumes all specific to a wide diversity of tribal groups from the region. Theo started his drumming and dancing studies in Bukom Accra, Ghana at the age of 6, working under the wing of master drummers and dancers. As a young man, he journeyed to London, England and Australia where he studied with other master artists. Since moving to Manchester, he has founded the Akwaaba Drum and Dance Ensemble. The Akwaaba Ensemble's energetic and engaging performances are a reflection of their name, which means 'welcome' in the Twi language of Ghana. They bring West African drumming and dance to vivid life, holding sway with the rich and subtle rhythmic patterns and styles specific to different tribal groups of West Africa.
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020*
Time: 3-5pm; grounds open at 3 pm, concert begins at 3:30 pm
This is an outdoor event and each group will have their own 6 ft x 6 ft 'pod' that will be spaced 6ft from other groups. Please bring your own lawn chairs or blanket.
Per an Exeter town ordinance, masks are required at all times, except when seated in your designated socially distanced 'pod'.
You are welcome to bring your own food. Eating/drinking is only allowed in your assigned space and all trash is carry in/carry out.
New Hampshire autumn weather is very changable. Please dress for the weather (layers recommended).
Please note that this is a fully outdoor event and the museum buildings will not be open duirng the concert. A portable restroom will be available for guest use.
Registration closes at 4 pm the day prior to the concert date.
*The rain date is Sunday, October 11, 2020. In case of rain, the museum will make the decision to move to the rain date by 10am the morning of the concert. Ticket holders will be notified at that time. Refunds will not be available if the event is moved to the rain date.