Soul Expressions Band at Gardens at Night

Posted: July 12, 2013

Star staff report

Soul Expressions Band

Winchester — Music from the Soul Expressions Band, activities for children, and admission to the gardens and galleries will highlight Gardens at Night from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

In addition, those attending may purchase wine from North Mountain Vineyard and food from Bill’s Backyard BBQ and Papa John’s Pizza.

The 2013 Gardens at Night series has been expanded to include an October concert and, along with nighttime garden tours, gallery admission has added to the experience.

Also new this year and due to the preservation project on the Museum’s Glen Burnie House, the concerts will take place on the lawn by the MSV and the adult ticket price has been raised to $10 to help cover the cost of keeping the museum galleries open for the event. Admission is free to museum members and youth ages 12 and under.

From Richmond, the Soul Expressions Band will play a high-energy mix of funk, rock, Motown, and rhythm-and-blues music from 7 to 9 p.m. This seven-member band includes bass player Wilbert Anderson, drummer Rickk Gray, guitarist William Anderson, keyboard player and guitarist Eric Anderson, saxophone player Richard D’Abreu, and lead vocalists Tyrone Jackson and Jamela Bullock.

Each of the musicians has been performing for more than 25 years, and their collective professional experiences include large festivals to private house parties and more.

For their Gardens at Night performance the band will play songs made famous by Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, UB40, Earth Wind & Fire, Van Morrison, and other music greats.

Along with live music, Friday’s event will feature free children’s activities. Throughout the evening youngsters may explore the gardens with a seek-and-find game. In addition, from 6 to 8 p.m. children may play popular lawn games including hula-hoops, Frisbee, horseshoes, and beach-ball toss.

Visitors also will experience the MSV’s six-acre Glen Burnie Gardens illuminated by dramatic lighting and tour the museum galleries, including the special exhibition “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony.” Featuring 75 oil paintings and nearly 30 works on paper from the collection of Pennsylvania’s Reading Public Museum, the exhibition is the first to be on display in the enlarged and relocated MSV Changing Exhibitions Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through Aug. 4.

All those who plan to listen to the musical performance at Gardens at Night should bring chairs.

The 2013 Gardens at Night series is sponsored by Q102 and will take place on the second Friday of each month through October.

Following this Friday’s event, Gardens at Night will take place Aug. 9 with bluegrass from The Naked Mountain Boys; on Sept. 13, the Robbie Limon Band will celebrate the music of the 1970s, and Oct. 11, the series will conclude with Shag and a concert of pop-rock classics and originals.

In the event of rain, the musical performance will take place in the MSV Reception Hall.

Call 540-662-1473, ext. 235.