History of Funk at the NC Museum of History

How often do you get out to visit the museums located in Raleigh? There have been many renovations in recent years, and the museums are always showcasing interesting exhibits, as well as fascinating permanent collections.

This fall, the North Carolina Museum of History is hosting an exhibition on culture in the state called “Hey America!” Eastern North Carolina and the Birth of Funk. The exhibition expertly highlights the genre of music that got America up and dancing in the latter half of the 20th century.

The museum’s website sums up the exhibit very well with this excerpt:

Visit Hey America! and find out what [musician] Maceo Parker meant when he said, “Some music is listening music, while other types of music may be more reverent. . . . But our music makes you dance to the rhythm and bring the funk!”

The North Carolina Museum of History is located at 5 E Edenton St between Salisbury and Wilmington Streets in downtown Raleigh. The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The exhibition runs through the end of February 2016.

For more information on the museum or exhibition, please visit the museum website.

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