Music Series


The Second Friday of each month! 

The series celebrates the rich heritage of African American musicians with ties to Eastern North Carolina, with artistic director, Carroll V. Dashiell, Jr., a 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. Find a guidebook and more information at www.AfricanAmericanMusicNC.com.

Cost: Free

Location: Paramount Theatre, 3723 N. Main Street, Farmville, NC 27828

Next Concert Date: March 8, 2024 at 7:00pm


  • March 8, 2024 - Ranky Tanky at the Paramount Theatre at the Farmville Community Arts Council, Farmville, NC
  • April 12, 2024 - Christie Dashiell at The State Theatre, Greenville, NC
  • May 10, 2024 - Carroll V. Dashiell and Friends at Emerge Gallery & Art Center, Greenville, NC 


    Ranky Tanky                                              


    Ranky Tanky is an American musical ensemble based in Charleston, South Carolina. It specializes in jazz-influenced arrangements of traditional Gullah music, a culture that originated among descendants of enslaved Africans in the Lowcountry region of the US Southeast. 

    This Grammy Award winning, Charleston, SC-based quintet, performs timeless music born from the Gullah culture of the southeastern Sea Islands. Their debut album was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and the TODAY show. It also soared to the #1 position on the Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes Jazz Charts. Playful game songs, ecstatic shouts, and heartbreaking spirituals can all be found on their latest release Good Time, which also offers the groups first original songs inspired by Gullah tradition.

    Quentin Baxter / Drums and Percussion
    Kevin Hamilton / Bass
    Quiana Parler / Vocalist
    Clay Ross / Guitar and Vocals
    Charlton Singleton / Trumpet and Vocals



    Carroll Dashiell                                                                 


    The North Carolina Arts Council, Pitt County Arts Council, and the Greenville-Pitt Convention & Visitor's Bureau named Carroll V. Dashiell, Jr. Artistic Director of The African American Music Series in 2016. Carroll Dashiell is a native of Washington, DC. A graduate of Howard University, with citations in Who's Who in Music and Down Beat 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 performance as 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.

    Presented by
    First Flight Logo 2023  
    Sponsored by
    NCAC_png             CVB

             Christie Martin and Randall Martoccia

    CFAC             LookingOutFoundation
    Special Thanks to
    south arts NEA