Sensory Expressions featuring steel drums, will perform a free concert at the E. Carroll Joyner Park amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The concert is presented by PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, and is co-sponsored by Wake Forest Arts, the Wake Forest Parks & Recreation Department and the United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County.
Sensory Expressions’ music ranges from traditional-sounding calypso tunes to pop covers with some Carribean flair. The steel pan is a chromatically pitched percussion instrument developed in Trinidad and Tobago. This unique instrument is known for its ringing metallic timbre and its use in Caribbean music.
Sensory Expressions band members are well known in reggae music. The full band is: Donovan Carless (lead vocalist/songwriter), Vaughn Audain (steel drums/percussionist), Eric Broadway (drums), Ron Butler (guest artist – guitar), Justin Martin (guitar), Shaena Martin (saxophone), Sylvester Percival (keyboards), Christopher Thurston (bass), Neal Boyke (guest artist – keyboards).
Audain is the original founder of Rising Stars Steel Orchestra of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, founded in 1981. His past performances include Mardi Gras, Trinidad and Tobago, The Rose Bowl, The White House, the grand opening of the new wing of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, and more! Carless is a veteran singer of the legendary Soul Syndicate Band with more than 30 years of reggae music experience to his credit. He is known for his smooth vocal style.
E. Carroll Joyner Park is located at 701 Harris Road. Area residents are encouraged to bring a picnic and a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the music. Concert-goers are reminded that alcoholic beverages, smoking, firearms, and unleashed pets are prohibited at Joyner Park.
In the event of rain, the concert will be moved inside the Flaherty Community Center Gym, 1226 N White St., in Wake Forest. Weather-related updates will be available by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town of Wake Forest app will receive a push notification message informing them of any schedule change. To download the Wake Forest app, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.
Read more about the history of the steel drum on PineCone’s website, and let Sensory Expressions bring a taste of the Carribean to you!