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Theo Martey & Akwaaba Ensemble Concert
Concert on the Lawn: Theo Martey & Akwaaba Ensemble

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.  

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Museum Visit Policies

Before Your Visit

  • If you feel sick, have had any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or exposure to someone with COVID-19, please do not visit. We will gladly refund your money. 
  • Per the New Hampshire CDC, the two week self-quarantine has been lifted for those traveling to New Hampshire from surrounding New England States (Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island). Those traveling to New Hampshire from non-New England states for an extended period of time are still asked to self-quarantine for a two-week period.
  • Pre-registration is required for all events. No on-site registrations will be permitted. Registration closes at 4 pm the day prior to the event date. 
  • Concerts are weather dependent and will be moved to the scheduled rain date if possible and no refunds will be given. If that rain date is not an option due to weather, we will attempt to move the concert to a future date. If that is the case, you will be notified via email with the opportunity to move to another concert date or to receive a refund.
  • The concerts will be held outside on the grass of Folsom Tavern. If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact us at info@independencemuseum.org or 603-772-2622 in advance.

During Your Visit

  • Masks are required at all times except when eating or drinking in your assigned seating area for the safety of our staff, volunteers and other visitors. Please bring your own mask; the museum has a limited supply for guests. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, you will not be permitted on our property.
  • The Town of Exeter has imposed a Mask Ordinance requiring those who visit downtown to wear a mask while outside where social distancing cannot be achieved. For more information, please review the Mask Ordinance and Map.
  • There is no access to the museum buildings during the event.  A portable restroom will be available for guest use.
  • You may bring food to eat in your assigned seating area only.  All trash is carry in/carry out.  Please pick-up after yourself.

Keeping You Safe

  • Group size is limited to 6 people. 
  • Please practice safe social distancing when on the museum grounds and stay within your assigned seating area.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available.
  • Please follow all posted signage and instructions from staff and volunteers to promote the safety and well-being of all who visit our museum.
  • Your advance registration allows us to participate in contact tracing. We will notify you if we learn that anyone during the event informs us of a confirmed or possible COVID-19 exposure. We ask that you contact us if you learn you may have been exposed to COVID-19 prior to your visit.