Music Series


We will be taking the music series online!

The series celebrates the rich heritage of African American musicians with ties to Eastern North Carolina, with artist director, Carroll V. Dashiell, Jr., house band and a special monthly guest artist. The music series is part of the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina, a project of the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources and the counties of Edgecombe, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, Wayne, and Wilson. There is a guidebook and a website where you can learn more at, www.AfricanAmericanMusicNC.com.

Cost: Free

Location: Emerge Gallery & Art Center

Artistic Director: Carroll V. Dashiell, Jr.

Schedule for Fall 2021:

  • October 8 - Mike Friend
  • November 12 - Baron Tymus

Check out our past performances here!

Donate to the music series.


ABOUT Mike Friend

Michael Friend founded Soul In Motion Players, Inc. in 1984. Michael wrote and debuted his first theatrical production We Are Africa in 1991. His other works include Henrietta Marie, Malcolm, What If., and Ile Ife - House of Love.

As a percussionist, Michael performed with The Four Kings of Rhythm and Blues for over 10 years, featuring Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Ben E. King, and Lloyd Price.

In 2011, as director of Soul in Motion, Michael won the prestigious Montgomery County Executive's Community Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, in 2014 he was the recipient of the Empower Magazine Player Award and on March 19, 2016 Joe's Movement Emporium honored Michael as a Mighty Joe with the Creative Visionary Award.



Artist Director
The North Carolina Arts Council, Pitt County Arts Council, Greenville-Pitt Convention & Visitor's Bureau has named Carroll V. Dashiell, Jr. Artistic Director of a new series, The African American Music Series. Carroll Dashiell is a native of Washington, D.C. A graduate of Howard University, with citations in Who's Who in Music and DownBeat Magazine, Carroll has been recognized for excellence in the music industry as a bassist, musical director/conductor and also as a composer/arranger. Affectionately known as CVD, he has been involved in academia for more than three decades serving as professor of music at the Saint Mary's College of Maryland, University of the District of Columbia and East Carolina University in North Carolina. CVD is the producer and writer of A Tribute to Motown Records, (a stage show and concert that celebrates some of the African-American's cultural contributions to the music industry, staged in the tradition of the famous touring Motown Review) that is selling out theaters and venues nation-wide. In addition to composing, writing and arranging, CVD is continuing performances as a jazz bassist and is very humbled to be the Founder and Director of the Dr. Billy Taylor Jazz Festival, named in honor of his mentor.

A special thank you to our presenting sponsor and sponsors.

Presented by:
First Flight
Sponsored by:

Christie Martin and Randall Martoccia
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