North Carolina musicians will fill the Carrboro Century Center with the sounds of jazz, gospel and soul for the Town of Carrboro’s third annual Black History Month Sunday Concert Series this month.
The series is part of the Town’s Black History Month 2024 theme, “African Americans and the Arts,” which explores African Americans' significant influence on art forms such as literature, film and music.
Recreation supervisor Michelle Blume said Carrboro aims to bring in local performers of different genres to entertain the community each year.
“We want everyone to be able to enjoy the music and to be able to know some of the songs that they are singing, whether it’s new school or old school music,” she said.
Collective Groove Band, a Durham-based group, is next to perform at the Century Center with a show on Feb. 18. The band started in 2011 and specializes in R&B, jazz, pop and gospel.
Band leader and drummer Kensby Blount said the band’s experience with different genres and work in theater makes them stand out.
“Sometimes you can hit the stage and just feel it and just improv and have a good time,” he said. “But theater is one genre in which you cannot do that — you’d have to know exactly where to go, and you have to be super disciplined and in tune, and having that background has helped us.”
Over the years, the band has had members of varying ages, which has influenced their sound. Thename Collective Groove is derived from the experiences that come with age, making the group a collective effort.
The Triangle’s ever-evolving music scene inspires the band, Blount said.