Dinner will be available for purchase from the Farm Table. Community Market vendors will showcase local and regional foods and artisan products. Also, wine by the glass or bottle will be available for purchase from Beliveau Estate Winery
Go and enjoy an evening of great music and even greater local food and products July 21st at Music at the Market!
Steel Drum music comes to us from the island of Trinidad. Its origins there, the roots of this music, can be traced back to the African slaves brought to the island by the Spanish and French plantation owners in the early 16th century. Missing their families. their African cultures, and native languages music was their link to Africa.
Afraid that the drumming, which began as bamboo sticks being beaten together or stamped on the ground in rhythmic patterns, were being used by the slaves as messages from plantation to plantation in plan for a slave rebellion. The music was soon banned. The beating of bands of steel of various lengths was soon incorporated into the slave culture. By the 1930s players were using tin pans, biscuit drums, dustbins and anything else they could incorporate into their percussion rhythms. They became known as steel pan players.
The first pitched steel pans came in the 1940s and 1950s when bands were formed to play the island’s musical rhythms. They began shaping the bottoms of steel drums into a convex shape which, when hammered in different areas gave different pitches. Songs could be played. Today the “drum” is fashioned out of the bottom of a 55 gallon barrel, sunk down into a concave shape and tuned to precision.
The Panjammers Steel Drum Orchestra was formed in 2004 with a one-week workshop. This soon flowered into a core group who joined together to make up a performing ensemble.
The Panjammers have won awards in the Pan-American Caribbean Music Festival in Virginia Beach as well as at Panarama. They have performed with the Father of the Steel Drum band, Ellie Mannette at James Madison University.
Under the direction of Christine Gibson, who acts as the group’s musical director as well as a player in the band, the group plays lawn concerts; at community events such as the Pearisburg Farmers Market; and at private events. They typically perform around 15 times annually.
Their concert selections cover a wide range of musical genre. You might hear classical, rock, country as well as Caribbean tunes. They may include: Brazil, Peter Gunn; Como Ves; Dancero; Iko Iko; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; Pink Panther; El Cuarto De Tula Fifth of Beethoven and more.
Come prepared to tap your feet, get up and dance or just sit and try to remain still as the Panjammers Steel Drum Orchestra performs.
The Music at the Market Concert series is funded in part by a Local Government Challenge Grant awarded by The Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and matching funds contributed by the Town of Pearisburg.