In Durham, North Carolina everyone in the Bull City, young and old seemed to be downtown in the Brightleaf Square restaurant and shopping area eating, standing, sitting, dancing and enjoying FREE music by the Soul Play band. All of America collectively have gone through some hard-core current events as a people and as tax-payers this past week (July 1-7, 2013).
This Friday night was a healthy time-out on the apparent tough and sometimes painful issues of our time. The Voting Rights Act modifications; Legislative Report Card on Womens’ Issues; Same Sex Marriage; George Zimmerman Martin Murder Trial; Moral Mondays and GOP platform controversies at the N.C. State Capitol; international Benghazi retrospection, and funds for other governments following Egypt’s uprising and tumult. Perhaps what’s special about America will survive our generational events – if we take just a little healthy time out to be who we are(?).
Marc Sumner Lee and musical artist extraordinaire Stanley Baird stop to talk and listen to Soul Play (R&B Band)
Stanley Baird is a renowned jazz musician, who has played alongside the likes of Otis Redding, Gladys Knight, Kirk Whalum, Patti LaBelle, Najee, Richard Elliott and Donald Byrd to name a few. The Stanley Baird Group toured Asia Pacific in 2007/08.
Marc Sumner Lee is the grandson of Mollie H. Lee who donated a collection of rare books and area history to the Wake County Richard B. Harrison Library. Marc a Marquette University alum has been a force behind concerts, special events, and the active cultural pulse of North Carolina Arts & Culture of Durham and RTP
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Brightleaf Square features a unique mix of restaurants and shops in a pair of historic tobacco warehouses in downtown Durham. Stroll through the courtyard. Shop. Eat. Drink. Come to Brightleaf for a perfect afternoon or evening.
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Soul Play Band- Samuel Hunter toured the Far East with Stanley Baird’s band
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